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Winokur, Mark Brian: American Laughter: Immigrants, Ethnicity, and 1930's Hollywood Film Comedy
(Category: Books and articles which have the Marx Brothers not as their main topic, but have a significant part about them)
Abstract: "My dissertation begins with the fact that American film comedy is produced by a disproportionate number of ethnics and immigrants, from creative staff (Chaplin, the Marx Brothers) to businessmen (Mayer, Thalberg, Zukor). I use historical parallels in literature to justify the sence that thematic treatment of assimilation in comedy is a distinctly American development. [..] But the bulk of the work consists of readings of three comedies, and so of three comic subgenres: Modern Times and silent comedy, Duck Soup and antic comedy, The Thin Man and the screwball. "


 

- PhD thesis, University Of California, Berkeley,CA, 1985

 

- St. Martin's Press, New York, 1995, ISBN: 0 312 12342 6 (ISBN-13: 9780312123420)
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