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Laughing Hysterically: American Screen Comedy of the 1950s (Film and Culture)
by Ed Sikov
With the likes of Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, and Frank Tashlin revelling in "monkeys, babies, beautiful blondes, money, and cruelty" in their signature films of the 1950s, this seemingly conformist period turns out to be one of the most dynamic and original eras in Hollywood history. What distinguishes these directors is their candid and amusing explorat ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 27th 1996 by Columbia University Press
(first published 1994)
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With a focus on selected films of directors Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, and Frank Tashlin, the author offers readers a first-rate analysis of 1950s comedy films in the context of the director’s vision. Arguably Hollywood’s last great decade, this book takes an in-depth look at some of the funniest and most complex comedic films of the era and is likely to inspire readers to watch and enjoy these amazing films.