Great Hollywood Wit

A Glorious Cavalcade of Hollywood Wisecracks, Zingers, Japes, Quips, Slings,
Jests, Snappers, & Sass from the Stars Gene Shalit. # ABOUT THE TITLE xviii “
Wit and caustic humor are rarely polite,” Leo Rosten said. “It is always impudent,

Author: Gene Shalit

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429980487

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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Great Hollywood Wit rollicks with hilarious movie lines and backstage zingers-smart, tart, and (in Sir John Gielgud's case) wicked: "Ingrid Bergman speaks five languages and can't act in any of them." Julia Roberts, fashion buff: "I only put clothes on so that I'm not naked when I go out shopping." Retiring Burt Reynolds: "You can only hold your stomach in for so many years." Great Hollywood Wit is an unequaled cavalcade of hilarity that you'll laugh through again and again. A wonderful one-of-a-kind gift.

Compelling Conversations Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics

Leo Rosten's Carnival of Wit. Penguin Books USA, 1994. Shalit, Gene. Great
Hollywood Wit:A Glorious Cavalcade of Hollywood Wisecracks, Zingers, Japes,
Quips, Slings, Jests, Snappers, and Sass from the Stars. St. Martin's Griffin, 2002

Author: Eric H. Roth

Publisher: Chimayo Press

ISBN: 0982617801

Category: Education

Page: 166

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This innovative ESL/EFL textbook helps advanced English language learners develop conversation skills and improve fluency by sharing experiences, reflecting on their lives, and discussing proverbs and quotations. The oral skills English textbook includes 45 thematic chapters, over 1,350 questions, 500 vocabulary words, 250 proverbs and American idioms, and 500 quotations. Designed for both adult education and intensive English language students, the conversations and activities deepen critical thinking skills and develop speaking skills essential to success in community college and university programs. Compelling Conversations has been used in classrooms in over 40 countries, recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, adopted by conversation clubs and private English tutors, and enjoyed by thousands of English students.

Hollywood and the Great Depression

But, to Lejeune, the film loses wit by the very zeal with which it strains towards
humanity. Charlie, the Clown, was in his way the symbol and consoler of the
people; Chaplin, the reformer, has lost touch with the common people, and
produced ...

Author: Iwan Morgan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748699937

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Examines how Hollywood responded to and reflected the political and social changes that America experienced during the 1930sIn the popular imagination, 1930s Hollywood was a dream factory producing escapist movies to distract the American people from the greatest economic crisis in their nations history. But while many films of the period conform to this stereotype, there were a significant number that promoted a message, either explicitly or implicitly, in support of the political, social and economic change broadly associated with President Franklin D. Roosevelts New Deal programme. At the same time, Hollywood was in the forefront of challenging traditional gender roles, both in terms of movie representations of women and the role of women within the studio system. With case studies of actors like Shirley Temple, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire, as well as a selection of films that reflect politics and society in the Depression decade, this fascinating book examines how the challenges of the Great Depression impacted on Hollywood and how it responded to them.Topics covered include:How Hollywood offered positive representations of working womenCongressional investigations of big-studio monopolization over movie distributionHow three different types of musical genres related in different ways to the Great Depression the Warner Bros Great Depression Musicals of 1933, the Astaire/Rogers movies, and the MGM akids musicals of the late 1930sThe problems of independent production exemplified in King Vidors Our Daily BreadCary Grants success in developing a debonair screen persona amid Depression conditionsContributors Harvey G. Cohen, King's College LondonPhilip John Davies, British LibraryDavid Eldridge, University of HullPeter William Evans, Queen Mary, University of LondonMark Glancy, Queen Mary University of LondonIna Rae Hark, University of South CarolinaIwan Morgan, University College LondonBrian Neve, University of BathIan Scott, University of ManchesterAnna Siomopoulos, Bentley UniversityJ. E. Smyth, University of WarwickMelvyn Stokes, University College LondonMark Wheeler, London Metropolitan University

The Great War in Hollywood Memory 1918 1939

I'll never forget the sight, just a thing with two blind eyes. He was off his nut and
thought I was his wife. I kissed him and heard the rattle.” Monica, like Babs, has
become the observer and objectifier, a position ordinarily occupied by men.

Author: Michael Hammond

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438476981

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Assesses how America's film industry remembered World War I during the interwar period. This is the definitive account of how America’s film industry remembered and reimagined World War I from the Armistice in 1918 to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Based on detailed archival research, Michael Hammond shows how the war and the sociocultural changes it brought made their way into cinematic stories and images. He traces the development of the war’s memory in films dealing with combat on the ground and in the air, the role of women behind the lines, returning veterans, and through the social problem and horror genres. Hammond first examines movies that dealt directly with the war and the men and women who experienced it. He then turns to the consequences of the war as they played out across a range of films, some only tangentially related to the conflict itself. Hammond finds that the Great War acted as a storehouse of motifs and tropes drawn upon in the service of an industry actively seeking to deliver clearly told, entertaining stories to paying audiences. Films analyzed include The Big Parade, Grand Hotel, Hell’s Angels, The Black Cat, and Wings. Drawing on production records, set designs, personal accounts, and the advertising and reception of key films, the book offers unique insight into a cinematic remembering that was a product of the studio system as it emerged as a global entertainment industry. Michael Hammond is Associate Professor in Film History at the University of Southampton and the author several books, including The Big Show: British Cinema Culture in the Great War, 1914–1918.

The Great Hollywood Musical Pictures

Another of those familiarly patterned musicals with a backstage plot . It has charm
, some wit , nice music and good pace . . . . Some of the dance numbers are
expressive of the old school of vaude , in keeping with the story ' s period , and
there ...

Author: James Robert Parish



Category: Performing Arts

Page: 806

View: 600

Takes a lively look at some 340 motion pictures from Hollywood's most distinctive genre.


J . M . PHILLIPS Osteopathic Physician 6404 Hollywood Blvd . Hours : 9 - 12 a .
m . ; 1 - 5 p . m . Phone ... We Ford , is what a man does with the have previously
called attention to the money he makes and the money or great health asset that




Category: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)


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Talkin with Your Mouth Full

At this very moment I am negotiating with that great Hollywood producer , Harry
Cohen , to make a film on my life . He wants George Sanders for the lead and
Ophuls to direct . I prefer Jimmy Stewart to star and Capra to direct . Here are
some ...

Author: Steve Fagin

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822320692

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 113

Steve Fagin is an artist whose videos incorporate, challenge, and cross over into the realm of literary and cultural studies. Talkin' with Your Mouth Full includes not only scripts of Fagin's works but critical responses to--and meditations on--a variety of his influential videos by a distinguished, if intriguingly disparate, group of artists and scholars. Combining elements of criticism with various modes of artistic expression, these responses take the form of reviews, letters, interviews, and in one case an imaginary TV programming schedule. Interspersed with--and sometimes literally interrupting--the video scripts, these contributions interact with one another on multiple levels and complement Fagin's scripts. Historical, political, and theoretical issues dovetail, ricochet, and interplay in this book, revealing a multiplicity of voices, concerns, and cultural revelations. Unique in its structure and intellectual approach, Talkin' with Your Mouth Full will appeal equally to those who have seen Fagin's videos and those who have not. Students of art history and cultural critique, and anyone interested in the ongoing dialogue between artists and theorists, will find particular value in this book. Contributors. Gregg Bordowitz, Constance DeJong, Leslie Dick, Steve Fagin, Barry Gifford, Victoria Gill, Bill Horrigan, Bertha Jottar, Ivone Margulies, Patricia Mellencamp, Margaret Morse, Constance Penley, Vicente L. Rafael, Mark Rappaport, Andrew Ross, Vivian Sobchack, Trinh T. Minh-ha, John Welchman, Peter Wollen

Film Study

It is written with wit, emotion, and conviction. Eight valuable appendexes, plus
extensive endnotes, and a good index are included. Highly recommended for
special collections. Scott, Evelyn F. HOLLYWOOD: WHEN SILENTS WERE

Author: Frank Manchel

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634127

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 4

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The four volumes of Film Study include a fresh approach to each of the basic categories in the original edition. Volume one examines the film as film; volume two focuses on the thematic approach to film; volume three draws on the history of film; and volume four contains extensive appendices listing film distributors, sources, and historical information as well as an index of authors, titles, and film personalities.

Great Hollywood teams

Once the original theme and key have been established, everything proceeds
with frenzied logic. Laurel and Hardy are illustrious for many things, but nothing
more impressive than the brilliance with which they moved from silent films into ...

Author: Garson Kanin


ISBN: 9780207146596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 255

View: 881

Hollywood s Great Love Teams

Suddenly she throws herself into the arms of nearby best man Tracy . To assuage
the very surprised clergyman , Powell drolly explains that Tracy is merely “ a
good friend . ” But the two are kissing so voraciously and with such longevity that

Author: James Robert Parish


ISBN: 9780895080042

Category: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Page: 828

View: 666

Hollywood Classic Movies 1

That's why—given proper guidance—children make such good actors. ... They
don't bother with any techniques. ... COMMENT: I'd hate to give the impression
that all comedies from Hollywood's golden era were gems of wit and

Author: John Reid


ISBN: 1411608755

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 164

View: 748

Everyone has a "best" list of favorite movies. I introduce my list and then provide complete details on 80 films, some from my "best" list, a few from my "worst", and a couple "in-between".

The Dream Endures

Thanks to this influx of Berliners and their Viennese allies into Hollywood and the
translation there of the best of the ... came to Hollywood, prized wit, sociability,
café and bohemian life, opera and theater, together with the posters, songs,
slang, ...

Author: Kevin Starr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199923930

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 99

What we now call "the good life" first appeared in California during the 1930s. Motels, home trailers, drive-ins, barbecues, beach life and surfing, sports from polo and tennis and golf to mountain climbing and skiing, "sportswear" (a word coined at the time), and sun suits were all a part of the good life--perhaps California's most distinctive influence of the 1930s. In The Dream Endures, Kevin Starr shows how the good life prospered in California--in pursuits such as film, fiction, leisure, and architecture--and helped to define American culture and society then and for years to come. Starr previously chronicled how Californians absorbed the thousand natural shocks of the Great Depression--unemployment, strikes, Communist agitation, reactionary conspiracies--in Endangered Dreams, the fourth volume of his classic history of California. In The Dream Endures, Starr reveals the other side of the picture, examining the newly important places where the good life flourished, like Los Angeles (where Hollywood lived), Palm Springs (where Hollywood vacationed), San Diego (where the Navy went), the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (where Einstein went and changed his view of the universe), and college towns like Berkeley. We read about the rich urban life of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in newly important communities like Carmel and San Simeon, the home of William Randolph Hearst, where, each Thursday afternoon, automobiles packed with Hollywood celebrities would arrive from Southern California for the long weekend at Hearst Castle. The 1930s were the heyday of the Hollywood studios, and Starr brilliantly captures Hollywood films and the society that surrounded the studios. Starr offers an astute discussion of the European refugees who arrived in Hollywood during the period: prominent European film actors and artists and the creative refugees who were drawn to Hollywood and Southern California in these years--Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Man Ray, Bertolt Brecht, Christopher Isherwood, Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, and Franz Werfel. Starr gives a fascinating account of how many of them attempted to recreate their European world in California and how others, like Samuel Goldwyn, provided stories and dreams for their adopted nation. Starr reserves his greatest attention and most memorable writing for San Francisco. For Starr, despite the city's beauty and commercial importance, San Francisco's most important achievement was the sense of well-being it conferred on its citizens. It was a city that "magically belonged to everyone." Whether discussing photographers like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, "hard-boiled fiction" writers, or the new breed of female star--Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, and the improbable Mae West--The Dream Endures is a brilliant social and cultural history--in many ways the most far-reaching and important of Starr's California books.

The Black Book of Hollywood Pregnancy Secrets

... and contains sun protection. Finish up with a coat of washable, waterproof
mascara and you're ready for the day. ... Make sure to bring a great gift to your
important showers at the Four Seasons or Bev Wilshire. Jennifer Lopez's prebaby
wish ...

Author: Kym Douglas

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101155486

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 224

View: 428

The stars’ secrets to looking and feeling great during and after pregnancy from the authors of The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets Hollywood moms have got it going on—from Halle Berry to Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie to Katie Holmes. Now the authors of The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets and The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets are here to reveal how the stars do it—and how any mom can too. Kym and Cindy once again got the insider beauty secrets from A-List celebrities, asking what they did to look fantastic during pregnancy and after childbirth. The stars talk openly about weight gain, cravings, acne, thinning hair, and feeling sexy. How did they lose the baby fat? What are the best makeup and hair routines? What are the fashion do’s and don’ts? With tips from Hollywood beauties Kate Hudson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Milla Jovovich, Helena Bonham Carter, and many more, The Black Book of Hollywood Pregnancy Secrets is the ultimate guide for moms who want to look and feel fabulous.

Film and Television

Author: Mark Emmons

Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 366

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This is a guide to reference works in movies and television. Beginning with general guides, dictionaries and encyclopedias, the book then turns to filmographies, filmmakers, and filmmaking. It is for librarians, faculty, and novice filmmakers.

Hollywood Gold Films of the Forties and Fifties

We are left with bores like Richard Carlson, Arthur Hunnicutt, J. Carroll Naish and
Eduard Franz. ... One of the best features of the movie is Max Steiner's music
score, though one feels the composer is operating at only half-steam here.
Melodic ...

Author: John Howard Reid


ISBN: 1411635248

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 258

View: 105

Hollywood's Golden Era? I'd pick the period from 1939 through 1960. Here are 144 classic movies from this Golden Age of the Cinema, ranging (alphabetically) from "The Admiral Was a Lady" to "You Were Never Lovelier". Other films discussed in comprehensive detail (and with full background and release information) in this book include "The Adventures of Mark Twain", "The Chase", "Daisy Kenyon", "The Ghost of Frankenstein", "Humoresque", "In Old California", "Joan of Paris", "Letter from an Unknown Woman", "Magic Town", "Nightmare Alley", The Paradine Case", "Roughly Speaking", "The Scarlet Claw", "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "You'll Never Get Rich".

Hearst Over Hollywood

... Hollywood to know the importance of being associated with Marion Davies: “I
doubt if Marion realized her popularity all over the world before she went to
Europe. London feted her and hailed her as a great artist. Her beauty, her wit,
and her ...

Author: Louis Pizzitola

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 540

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Hollywood—crossroads of filmmaking, mythmaking, and politics—was dominated by one man more than any other for most of its history. It was William Randolph Hearst who understood how to use cinema to exploit the public's desire for entertainment and to create film propaganda to further his own desire for power. From the start, Hearst saw his future and the future of Hollywood as one and the same. He pioneered and capitalized on the synergistic relationship between yellow journalism and advertising and motion pictures. He sent movie cameramen to the inauguration of William McKinley and the front lines of the Spanish-American War. He played a prominent role in organizing film propaganda for both sides fighting World War I. By the 1910s, Hearst was producing his own pictures—he ran one of the first animation studios and made many popular and controversial movie serials, including The Perils of Pauline (creating both the scenario and the catchphrase title) and Patria. As a feature film producer, Hearst was responsible for some of the most talked-about movies of the 1920s and 1930s. Behind the scenes in Hollywood, Hearst had few equals—he was a much-feared power broker from the Silent Era to the Blacklisting Era. Hearst Over Hollywood draws on hundreds of previously unpublished letters and memos, FBI Freedom of Information files, and personal interviews to document the scope of Hearst's power in Hollywood. Louis Pizzitola tells the hidden story of Hearst's shaping influence on both film publicity and film censorship—getting the word out and keeping it in check—as well as the growth of the "talkies," and the studio system. He details Hearst's anti-Semitism and anti-Communism, used to retaliate for Citizen Kane and to maintain dominance in the film industry, and exposes his secret film deal with Germany on the eve of World War II. The author also presents new insights into Hearst's relationships with Marion Davies, Will Hays, Louis B. Mayer, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mussolini, Hitler, and the Kennedys. Hearst Over Hollywood is a tour de force of biography, cultural study, and film history that reveals as never before the brilliance and darkness of Hearst's prophetic connection with Hollywood.

Hollywood s White House

This episode, together with others in the very well-received series, was effective
in assuring the place of the senior Adams ... as well as historically faithful, in their
depictions of New England's great contributions to our Revolutionary leadership.

Author: Peter C. Rollins

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813127920

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 685

" Winner of the 2003 Ray and Pat Browne Book Award, given by the Popular Culture Association The contributors to Hollywood’s White House examine the historical accuracy of these presidential depictions, illuminate their influence, and uncover how they reflect the concerns of their times and the social and political visions of the filmmakers. The volume, which includes a comprehensive filmography and a bibliography, is ideal for historians and film enthusiasts.

Hollywood Intellect

As Hollywood's insider skeptics would do later in the twentieth century, Dreiser
prompts wariness of both the consensus that ... get up one of those tinsel
interviews which shine with clever observations, show up the wit of critics, display
the folly of celebri— ties, and divert the public. ... Cather's would—be star Eden
Bower appears early in this novella “like someone standing before a great show
window full ...

Author: James D. Bloom

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739140868

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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Hollywood Intellect takes off from the wide-spread hand-wringing over the fate or disappearance of so-called public intellectuals. An account of the title phenomenon, Hollywood Intellect challenges assumptions on which such discussions have rested. James D. Bloom argues that such assumptions are the result of misleading inattention to the intellectual work that mass culture performs. Much of America's influential intellectual work has come out of Hollywood, which has long helped shape America's intellectual agenda. Bloom shows how Hollywood movies often do intellectual work as ambitious as the intellectual work in 'art films,' poems and novels, museums and erudite quarterlies. Hollywood Intellect prompts its readers to reflect on the impact of a variety of Hollywood movies with some of the same assumptions, expectations, and questions customarily applied to literary writing. Hollywood Intellect also illustrates how, in examining the emergence of Hollywood and stardom in general as shapers of the public mind, some of our most renowned poets and novelists enriched our experience of mass entertainment and of elite culture. Drawing on a range of literary works and movies, as well as on the careers of both Hollywood and literary celebrities, Bloom documents how Hollywood regulates curiosity, arbitrates civilization, construes and probes stardom, polices genre, and shapes our language.

Passport to Hollywood

New. Hollywood. n its opening sequence , Petulia ( Lester , 1968 ) coolly
announces its own strangeness . With blunt precision , two settings are
juxtaposed , the institutional - gray corridor of a hospital set against a stage on
which a rock group ...

Author: James Morrison

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791439371

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 311

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Examines popular films made in Hollywood by European directors, offering a fresh take on the much-debated issue of the "great divide" between modernism and mass culture.


Hollywood rode across the Great Depression with a verbal and visual style that
had nothing to do with poverty and heartbreak . America wanted movieland , not
its own sad reflection in the mirror . It loved success stories , the rise ( and fall ) of

Author: Jerome Charyn

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814715505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 770

On history of American cinema