By Scott Balcerzak
Balcerzak starts off through defining the actual buffoonish masculinity portrayed through early movie comedians, a gender and style build encouraged via the cultural anxieties of the Nineteen Thirties and '40s. In bankruptcy 1, he considers the onscreen pairing of W. C. Fields and Mae West to spot a queered sexuality and drag character in Fields's functionality, whereas in bankruptcy 2 he examines the 2 significant buildings of Fields's movie persona-the self assurance guy and the husband-to exhibit Fields to be a conflicted and subversive determine. In bankruptcy three, Balcerzak considers the assimilation and effect of Eddie Cantor as a Jewish big name, whereas he turns to the cross-media effect of Jack Benny's radio character in bankruptcy four. In Chapters five and six, he strikes past the person performer to ascertain the advanced masculine brotherhood of comedy duos Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey.
Buffoon males exhibits that the advanced historical past of the male comic through the early sound period has a lot to inform us approximately multimedia comedic stars this day. lovers and students of movie historical past, gender reviews, and broadcast reviews will have fun with Balcerzak's thorough exploration of the era's attention-grabbing gender constructs.
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Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Queered Masculinity (Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series) by Scott Balcerzak