What Made Pistachio Nuts?

Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic

Henry Jenkins

Columbia University Press

What Made Pistachio Nuts?

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Pub Date: December 1992

ISBN: 9780231078559

416 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $32.00£25.00

What Made Pistachio Nuts?

Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic

Henry Jenkins

Columbia University Press

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Lively and highly readable, What Made Pistachio Nuts? examines what Henry Jenkins calls the anarchistic tradition of American film comedy. Anarchistic comedies of the 1930s mock the social order and celebrate the creativity and impulsiveness of their protagonists in a form of clowning that ultimately reestablishes the status quo.Jenkins focuses on well-known films such as the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup and W.C. Fields' It's a Gift, as well as all-but-forgotten works like Diplomaniacs,Hollywood Party, So Long Lefty, and others. He tracks the careers of the comic stars -Eddie Cantor, Winnie LIghtner, W.C. Fields, Charlotte Greenwood, the Marx Brothers, and Wheeler and Woolsey- as they moved from vaudeville and the New York reviews to Hollywood.

About the Author

Henry Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at MIT. He is author of Textual Poachers:Television Fans and Participatory Culture. He is coauthor of The Science Fiction Audience: Dr.Who, Star Trek, and Their Fans.