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Author King, Rob, 1975- author.

Title Hokum! : the early sound slapstick short and Depression-era mass culture / Rob King.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]


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Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "The cuckoo school of humor" : humor and metropolitan culture in 1920s America -- "The stigma of slapstick" : the short-subject industry and its imagined public -- "The spice of the program" : educational pictures and the small-town audience -- "I want music everywhere" : music, operetta, and cultural hierarchy at the Hal Roach Studios -- "From the archives of Keystone memory" : slapstick and re-membrance at Columbia Pictures' short-subjects department -- Coda : when comedy was king.
Summary "Hokum! is the first book to take a comprehensive view of short-subject slapstick comedy in the early sound era. Challenging the received wisdom that sound destroyed the slapstick tradition, author Rob King explores the slapstick short's Depression-era development against a backdrop of changes in film industry practice, comedic tastes, and moviegoing culture. Each chapter is grounded in case studies of comedians and comic teams, including the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and Robert Benchley. The book also examines how the past legacy of silent-era slapstick was subsequently reimagined as part of a nostalgic mythology of Hollywood's youth"--Provided by publisher.
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Language English.
Subject Comedy films -- History and criticism.
Comedy films -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cultural studies.
Film, TV and radio.
Films, cinema.
Popular culture.
Society and culture: general.
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
The arts.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- History & Criticism.
Comedy films. (OCoLC)fst00869095
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Indexed Term slapstick.
short subjects.
american studies.
mass culture.
depression-era culture.
film studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: King, Rob, 1975- Hokum! Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] 9780520288119 (DLC) 2016049875
ISBN 9780520963160 (electronic bk.)
0520963164 (electronic bk.)
9780520288119 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 10.1525/luminos.28 doi
AU@ 000058941887
GBVCP 1008667625

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