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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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I'm the first person to rate this? Cool! It's pretty good. The section on Tashlin is brilliant, particularly Sikov's reading of Artists and Models (one of the greatest films ever made), and I would be lying if I said I ever read a more perceptive or amusing analysis of breasts.