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General Works and Anthologies

American Slapstick Collection
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[Benchley, Robert]Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin
This special collection of rare short films pays homage to the great American satirist Robert Benchley and two other witty literati who shared his company at the Hotel Algonquin's legendary round table and personified the sophisticated literary scene of New York in the 1920's and 1930's. Contents: The witness / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1941) -- The trouble with husbands / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1940) -- The man's angle / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1942)-- Mr. W's little game / directed by Lynn Shores (1934) -- The treasurer's report / directed by Thomas Chalmers (1928) -- Traffic regulations (1929) -- Sex life of a polyp (1928) -- Humorous flights / directed by Fred Fleck (1929) -- Crime control / produced and directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner. Robert Blauvelt (1941). DVD X3301; Video/C 999:3224

Awards & Honors
Sex Life of a Polyp - National Film Registry Selection

Comedy, Spectacle and New Horizons. (The Movies Begin; 5)
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Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
Series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. 2008. DVD X828

Would Ya Hit a Guy with Flasses?: Nerds, Jerks, and Oddballs
Episode one focuses on the comedy type "The misfit" and includes clips by silent film legend Harold Lloyd, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Andy Kaufman, Robin Williams, Cheech & Chong, Woody Allen and Steve Martin.

Honey I'm Home!: Breadwinners and Homemakers
Episode two focusing on television sitcoms starts with George Burns and Gracie Allen, the married couple who moved their popular radio program to television, then continues with clips from The Goldbergs (the first American sit-com), I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Seinfeld and The Simpsons.

Slip on a Banana Peel: The Knockabouts
Episode three looks at physical comedy, with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis, Lucille Ball and Jim Carrey.

When I'm Bad, I'm Better: The Groundbreakers
Episode four looks a the work of controversial comedians. For the groundbreaks fo comedy getting a laugh and getting at the truth were the same. Looks at the comedy of not only Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, but also Mae West, Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor.

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break: The Wiseguys
Episode five looks at the comedy of W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Joan Rivers, Paul Lynde, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Larry David.

Sock it to Me? Satire and Parody
Episode six includes clips and discussions of Will Rogers, Abbot and Costello, Sid Caesar, Johnny Carson, Tom Hehrer, Alan Sherman, song lyrics by Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Laugh In, Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Includes commentary on the current practice of politicians using appearances on talk shows to promote their political careers.

Slapstick Encyclopedia
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Vaudeville Videos. Vol. 1, A Video Compilation (ca. 1900)
This first edition of vaudeville video takes a panoramic look at vaudeville in its prime at the turn of the century. Features many stars of the era and emphasizes the range of talents that made up this uniquely American art form including comics, jugglers, animal acts, acrobats and skaters. Contents: Joe & Charlie's Delicatessen -- Chimpanzee act, Jack Benny -- Our teacher, Henny Youngman -- The poet and peasant overture, Milt Britton and his Orchestra -- Ballet Dancer's nightmare, the Slate Brothers with Vivian Fay -- Bobby, the seal -- Celebrity puppet impressions -- Dog act -- Contortion act -- Roller skaters -- Silent era comedians (4 selections), Clyde Courtney, et al. -- Mike & Meyer, Weber and Fields. 60 min. Video/C 6665

1890-1919

For a complete listing of short comedy films 1890-1919, See Comedies by Director / Star (next page)

Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902)
Director: Edwin S. Porter. Cast: Charles Manley. "Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, where a moving picture show is going on. First a dancer appears on the screen. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make lover to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train running at sixty miles an hour. Uncle Josh becomes panic-stricken, and fearing to be struck by the train, makes a dash for his box. He is no sooner seated than a country couple appear upon the screen, at a well. Before they pump the pail full of water they indulge in a love-making scene. Uncle Josh thinks he recognizes his own daughter, jumps upon the stage, removes his coat and prepares to chastise the lover, and grabbing the moving picture screen he hauls it down, and to his great surprise finds a kinetoscope operator in the rear. The operator is made furious by Uncle Josh interrupting his show." [IMDB] 2 min. DVD X116; DVD 7983; DVD X1752; vhs Video/C 7046

Levi and Cohen, the Irish Comedians(Biograph, 1903)
Clips from this early short feature are included in What Do Those Old Films Mean? Video/C 1406:2

Cohen's Advertising Scheme (1904)
Directed by Edwin S. Porter. Cohen's advertising scheme: This is perhaps the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant," a familiar caricature from theater and literature. In this typical one-shot gag film Cohen, a Jewish shop owner, hits upon a new advertising scheme: tricking a passerby into buying a coat on which he hangs a large sign advertising his store on the back. 14 min. DVD X2060; vhs 999:2340

The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905)
Directed by Edwin S. Porter. "The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards, and has recently been made the subject of a sketch in a New York Vaudeville Theatre. The Edison Manufacturing Co., with their usual up-to-date methods, have illustrated this popular subject in a most novel and original way in Motion Pictures. The picture opens with a close view of the individual members of the family. Each goes through a very amusing performance. Mr. I.B. Dam is seized with a severe fit of sneezing. Herself relieves her mind through woman's sole weapon. Jimmy Dam shows how a cigarette should be smoked. Miss U.B. Dam is very proud of the marcel wave in her hair. Annie Dam, in a large picture hat, tries to look very shy and demure. Lizzie Dam chews gum in a most artistic manner. Baby Dam gives a sample of his ability at crying. A family group is seated at dinner, with the Dam Dog seated at the head of the table. Mr. I.B. Dam enters and kicks the Dam Dog out of the chair. The Dam Dog waits until the soup has been served, and then returns and drags the table cloth and all the dishes on to the floor. The final scene is most amusing. Different portions of the Dam Dog's body appear from all directions. They finally arrange themselves in shape, showing a dilapidated looking cur sitting up on his haunches. Presently his tail joins his body by piecemeal, the end having two tin cans tied to it. The tail and tin cans begin to wag in a most comical way. The picture has made the biggest kind of a hit, and is one of the best humorous pictures ever offered." [From Edison promotional materials] DVD 3552; also DVD 277; DVD X1752; vhs Video/C 7046

Cohen's Fire Sale(1907)
Directed by Edwin S. Porter. "A very early silent short from film pioneer Edwin S. Porter. Based on popular vaudeville routines of the day, the title character is a made up in a rather grotesque, broadly stereotyped manner and the sketch itself could definitely be viewed as an offensive piece. A Jewish store owner sees his new shipment of hats picked up by the trash wagon and chases the vehicle down to recapture his merchandise. When the hats don't sell anyway, he sets his business on fire to collect the insurance money." [from FACETS catalog] 10 min. DVD X2060; also on DVD 3552 [disc 3]; vhs 999:2340

The Renunciation (1909)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Mary Pickford, Anthony O'Sullivan, James Kirkwood. D.W. Griffith's Renunciation is a comedy western, filmed in the wilds of Shadyside, New Jersey. Fascinated by a pair of handsome cowboys, the heroine flirts shamelessly with both men. It isn't long before the two old pals of the saddle are bitter enemies. As they prepare to square off in a knife battle, the girl breaks up the fight by introducing her real boyfriend, a limp-wristed "pansy" type. Astonished that the girl would choose a sissy-boy over them, the two cowpokes vow eternal friendship and swear off women for good (or, at least, for now). Mary Pickford, Billy Quirk and Harry Salter are starred in this one-reel trifle. 11 min vhs 999:3378; vhs 999:595
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Petticoat Camp(1912)
Cast: William Garwood and Florence La Badie A light-handed battle-of-the-sexes comedy portraying several married couples vacationing on an island. When the men play and the women work, the ladies rebel and move to an island of their own. 15 min. DVD 5863

At Bear Track Gulch(1913)
Directed by Harold M. Shaw. "No woman has ever visited the mining community of Bear Track Gulch, so it is big news when Old Pete Griffin learns that the invalid Mr. Lorraine and his schoolteacher daughter Alice plan to come and stay there. When the Lorraines arrive, Jack Turner sells them his cabin, and falls in love with Alice. After Mr. Lorraine passes away, the miners ask Alice to start a school for them. But not long afterward, a misunderstanding causes them to think that Alice is not happy living in the West." [IMDB] DVD 3552: Disc 4 14 min. DVD 5864
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Cohen Saves the Flag (Mabel Saves Her Darlings) (1913)
Directed by Mack Sennett. Cast: Ford Sterling, Mabel Normand, Henry Lehrman. "'Cohen Saves the Flag' is a very early Keystone comedy, one of several starring Ford Sterling as a scruffy coward named Izzy Cohen. All of the instalments in the 'Cohen' series feature some humour based on Jewish stereotypes, which has dated badly; fortunately, these films also have clever storylines and non-ethnic slapstick gags, so (with the possible exception of 'Cohen Collects a Debt') these films are still funny in spite of some (arguably) anti-Semitic content. All of the other 'Cohen' shorts are set in the contemporary present; 'Cohen Saves the Flag' backdates Izzy Cohen to 1861 in order to put him in a Civil War setting." [from Internet Movie Database]12 min. DVD X2074; vhs 999:1463
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A House Divided (1913)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. A married couple decide to "live separately together." 13 min. DVD 645
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How Men Propose(1913)
Directed by Lois Weber. Cast: Chester Barnett, Margarita Fischer, Grace Darling, Phillips Smalley. "How Men Propose illustrates Lois Weber's interest in male-female relationships, even in this early comic short. Structured around repetition and reversal, the comedy shows its heroine entertaining multiple marriage proposals from different suitors, each unaware of the other. If at first the humor seems to revolve around the heroine?s fickleness, those assumptions are reversed in the final scene. There we learn she is a professional journalist studying how men propose and wisely exploiting the men's willingness to be fooled by her feminine charms. By keeping viewers unaware of the heroine's motives until the end, the film challenges expectations about conventional male and female behavior." 6 min. DVD 645; vhs 999:1024

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Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913)
Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché. Cast: Fraunie Fraunholz and Marian Swayne A man must marry by noon or lose his inheritance. It's 11:50 a.m. and he can't find his fiancée. 14 min. DVD 645; vhs 999:1024
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Keil, Charles. "Women at the Wheel: Matrimony's Speed Limit and Suspense." In: American cinema of the 1910s : themes and variations / edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85733 2009)

Uncle's Namesakes(1913)
Cast: David Thompson, Lila Chester and Sidney Bracey. Comic story of an American family's innocent deception to earn money from a rich English relative. 15 min. DVD 5864
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A Florida Enchantment. (1914)
Director, Sidney Drew. The unusual fable about a woman who discovers magic seeds that transform women into men (and men into women) DVD 644; vhs 999:1022
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Brasell, R. Bruce. "A Seed for Change: The Engenderment of A Florida Enchantment." Cinema Journal, vol. 36 no. 4. 1997 Summer. pp: 3-21. UC users only
Somerville, Siobhan B. "The queer career of Jim Crow: racial and sexual transformation in a Florida enchantment." In: A feminist reader in early cinema / edited by Jennifer M. Bean and Diane Negra. Durham : Duke University Press, 2002. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.F467 2002; PFA PN1995.9.W6.F467 2002 Pacific Film Archive)

Kid Auto Races in Venice (aka Kid Auto Races at Venice; Kid's Auto Race(1914)
Directed by Henry Lehrman. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Henry Lehrman, Frank D. Williams. Charlie, dressed as a tramp for the first time, goes to a baby-cart race in Venice, California. He causes a great deal of trouble and confusion, both on off the track (getting in the way of the cameraman) and on (interfering with the race). He succeeds in irritating both the participants and the public 11 min. DVD X5112; DVD 13; vhs 999:1465
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Mabel's Married Life (1914)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Charlie must confront a beefy prizefighter to win back his wife Mabel. 17 min. DVD 65
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Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
Directed by Mack Sennett. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand. Chaplin as a big city golddigger plots to fleece Tillie of her abundant riches, but fails to anticipate the thunder of her wrath once his ignoble intentions are exposed. 72 min. DVD X5115; DVD 65
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Dale, Alan S. "Girl Heroes." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fussell, Betty "The films of Mabel Normand." Film History; 1988, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p373-391, 19p UC users only
King, Rob. ""The Impossible Attained!": Tillie's Punctured Romance and the Challenge of Feature-Length Slapstick, 1914-1915." In: The fun factory : the Keystone Film Company and the emergence of mass culture / Rob King. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009. (Business Library PN1999.K4 K56 2009)
Lipman, Ross. "Tillie's punctured legacy: Observations on the restoration of Chaplin's first feature." Early Popular Visual Culture, Jul2009, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p127-143, 17p UC users only

Fatty and Mabel's Simple Life(1915)
Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Cast: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand. "Fatty is a farm hand at Mabel's father's place. He and Mabel love each other, but dad wants to marry Mabel off to the landowner's son in exchange for tearing up the mortgage. When Mabel and Fatty find out dad's plan, they elope, pursued by dad, the hopeful suitor, and the local constables." [IMDB] 21 min. DVD 4024; vhs 999:1455
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Dale, Alan S. "Girl Heroes." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fussell, Betty "The films of Mabel Normand." Film History; 1988, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p373-391, 19p UC users only
Rapf, Joanna. "Both Sides of the Camera: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle's Evolution at Keystone." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jul2009, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p339-352, 14p UC users only

His New Job (1915)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Charles Chaplin, Ben Turpin, Charlotte Mineau, Leo White, Robert Bolder, Charles J. Stine The little tramp applies for a job as an actor at a film studio. When he is mistaken for the property man, disaster befalls the Hollywood production. (Look for an 18-year-old Gloria Swanson in one of her earliest appearances). 32 min. DVD X353
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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

Madam Blanche, Beauty Doctor(1915)
Directed by Arthur Ellery. Cast: Harry Benham, Riley Chamberlin, Mignon Anderson. A good example of the clever light comedy produced by Thanhouser Studios that invites plenty of satirical social observation such as the burgeoning beauty-salon industry presented here. 14 min. DVD 5864
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Soap Suds Star(1915)
Cast: Carey L Hastings, Reginald Perry. Comedy featuring a down-and-out actor and funny laundry proprietor who are hired as a vaudeville act. They become a big hit until they try Shakespeare, which destroys their showbiz career. 15 min. DVD 5863
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The Tramp (aka. Charlie on the Farm, Charlie the Hobo, Charlie the Tramp)(1915)
Directed by Charles Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Ernest Van Pelt. "Charlie is a tramp on the road. A hobo manages to exchange Charlie's sandwich for a brick so Charlie must eat grass. The same hobo molests a farmer's daughter; Charlie comes to aid with the help of the brick. When two more hobos show up Charlie throws all three into a lake. The grateful girl takes Charlie home where he fails as a farmhand. He again helps drive off the hobos (who are now trying to break into the house). The girl's fiance arrives. Though a hero, Charlie, knowing he must go, writes a farewell note and leaves for the open road." [IMDB] 32 min. DVD 75; VHS 999:1458
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Behind the Screen (1916)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman, Lloyd Bacon, Charlotte Mineau. Three movies are being shot simultaneously and Charlie is an overworked scene shifter. The foreman is waited on hand and foot until all the shifters but Charlie go on strike. A girl looking for work pretends to be a man and helps Charlie. Charlie discovers her gender and falls in love with her. The foreman thinks they are homosexual and in the ensuing fight they become involved in a long pie throwing scene from one of the movies in production. The frustrated workers dynamite the studio. A satire of life at a silent movie studio, a thinly veiled satire of Mack Sennett's Keystone Company. 15 min. DVD 9; VHS 999:695
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The Danger Girl (1916)
Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Monroe Owsley, Barbara Kent, Arthur Lake. A society comedy set against a background of the famous Los Angeles hotels of the World War I period. Gloria stars as a lovesick girl who dresses up as a man in order to seduce a rival femme away from her beau. 27 min. DVD X353
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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

The Fireman (1916)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon. Charlie is a clumsy but eager apprentice fireman. ca. 32 min. DVD 9
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The Floorwalker (1916)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell. After causing havoc on the sales floor Charlie goes to the office floor. There he runs into the store inspector (who looks exactly like him) who has just robbed the safe and knocked out the manager. Charlie thinks he is in front of a mirror till he notices he holds a stock and his "image" the bag of loot. 25 min. DVD 10
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The Matrimaniac (1916)
Directed by Paul Powell. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Constance Talmadge, Winifred Westover, Wilbur Higby. A young couple attempts to elope, with the bride's irate father in hot pursuit. The train stops briefly and the young man dashes off to find a minister, but before he can get himself and the minister onto the train, it leaves, carrying his bride-to- be away. Now the young man, minister in tow, pursues his bride while her father and a horde of lawmen pursue them both. 46 min. DVD X1992
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The Rink (1916)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, James T. Kelley, Eric Campbell. On his lunch break from the restaurant (where he first laid eyes on the lovely Edna), Charlie goes roller skating. He rescues Edna from an unwanted suitor, and after a roller skate ballet, Charlie (now as Sir Cecil Seltzer) is invited to a party at Edna's. The 'suitor', of course, is there. DVD 10; VHS 999:1902
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The Social Secretary (1916)
Directed by John Emerson. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Kate Lester, Gladden James, Erich Von Stroheim. A secretary goes from one job to another, fighting off the advances of her employers. In the meantime, a society matron, who keeps losing her secretaries to marriage, places an ad for a woman who is unattractive to men. The secretary answers the ad, taking care to dress as unattractively as possible. DVD X4476
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Teddy at the Throttle (1916; Keystone)
Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, Bobbie Vernon, and Teddy (the dog). The heroine is chained to a railroad track by the villain and is rescued by her hero Teddy, a dog... the screen's very first animal star. DVD X353; vhs 999:1490; vhs 999:1904
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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

The Vagabond (1916)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White. Charlie as a street violinist falls in love only to win, lose, and regain the lady who is discovered to be wealthy. 2 min. DVD 5757; DVD 9
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The Adventurer (1917)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. In "The Adventurer," Charlie is an escaped convict on the run who borrows a tuxedo and mingles with the rich at a posh party. 31 min. DVD 8
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Easy Street (1917)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin. A love-smitten and reformed Charlie the Tramp becomes a policemen in the city's toughest neighborhood, and starts to clean it up. 29 min. DVD 8
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The Immigrant (1917)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Edna Purviance. Charlie and Edna are immigrants in the land of Liberty. 30 min. DVD 8
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

One A.M. (1917)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: himself. Charlie arrives home inebriated and tries to get into his house, upstairs and to bed. 2 min. DVD 10
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The Sultan's Wife(1917)
Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Bobby Vernon. On a sailing trip, sweethearts Bobby and Gloria arrive in a very sinister-looking India, where an evil rajah attempts to force Gloria into his harem. DVD X353
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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

Wild and Woolly(1917)
Director, John Emerson. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Eileen Percy, Walter Bytell. Jeff Hillington is the extremely naive son of a wealthy Eastern family --he loves the old west so much he romanticizes its glories. When his father sends him to Arizona on business, Jeff expects it to be the place he read about in dime-store novels, and to appease him, the townsfolk put on a wild west show that turns real. 47 min. DVD X1992
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley(1918)
Directed by Marshall Neilan. Cast: Mary Pickford, William Scott, Norman Kerry. Amarilly is the belle of Clothes-line Alley, a neighborhood near San Francisco's Chinatown. One night after a fight breaks out in the club where she works as a cigarette girl, Amarilly brings an injured socialite home with her. Grateful for her care, he hires Amarilly to clean his apartment and, over time, begins falling in love with her. But when Amarilly is presented at a posh social gathering, the disastrous results fuel the battle of high and low society. 67 min. DVD 8452; vhs 999:2096
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Good Night, Nurse (1918)
Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Cast: Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Al St. John, Alice Lake. To cure Roscoe of his drinking, his wife commits him to the No Hope Sanitarium. He is greeted by blood spattered, cleaver-wielding Buster and a barely clad female patient. 26 min. DVD 674; 999:912
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The Kid (1918)
Featuring Charlie Chaplin, Carl Miller, Jack Coogan, Edna Purviance (The Kid). Chaplin as The Tramp, finds an abandoned infant in an alley and, unwittingly at first, becomes the child's foster parent. In the bittersweet end, the child's mother takes him home with her. DVD 284; DVD 13
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Out West (1918)
Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, writing credits: Natalie Talmadge (Keaton's wife). Cast: Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Betty Compson, Al St. John. Arbuckle arrives in Buster Keaton's wild West saloon, foils a holdup in progress and becomes involved in several gun battles. 14 min. DVD 669; DVD 4993; DVD 1722; vhs 999:912
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Shoulder Arms (1918)
Directed by and Cast: Charles Chaplin. "Charlie is in boot camp in the "awkward squad." Once in France he gets no letters from home. He finally gets a package containing limburger cheese which requires a gas mask and which he throws over into the German trench. He goes "over the top" and captures thirteen Germans ("I surrounded them"), then volunteers to wander through the German lines disguised as a tree trunk. With the help of a French girl he captures the Kaiser and the Crown Prince and is given a statue and victory parade in New York and then ... fellow soldiers wake him from his dream." [from the Internet Movie Database] DVD 235

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Hammond, Michael. "'So essentially human': The appeal of Charles Chaplin's Shoulder Arms in Britain, 1918." Early Popular Visual Culture, Aug2010, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p297-313, 17p UC users only
Latham, James. "Patriotic Satire: Shoulder Arms." In: American cinema of the 1910s : themes and variations / edited by Charlie Keil and Ben Singer. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85733 2009)

Two Gun Gussie (1918)
Featuring Harold Lloyd. (A one-reeler). DVD 4324; vhs 999:581
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Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
Directed by Marshall Neilan. Cast: Mary Pickford, Mahlon Hamilton, Marshall A. Neilan, Betty Bouton, Audrey Chapman. Daddy-long-legs: The oldest and cutest of a group of rebellious orphans, July Abbott is provided with funds for her education and well-being by a mysterious benefactor whom she christens "Daddy-long-legs." What the daisy said: A film short about two sisters want to know whether there is romance in their future. One sister pulls the petals off of a flower, while the other has her fortune told by a gypsy. When the gypsy tells the fortune so as to serve his own purposes, complications soon develop. 85 min. DVD 9786; vhs 999:2094
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Delicious Little Devil (1919)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Mae Murray, Richard Cummings, Harry L. Rattenberry, Edward Jobson, Rudolph Valentino. A poor hat-check girl loses her job and is forced to get a job as a dancer at a roadhouse. There she falls in love with the son of a rich businessman. The boys father believing her to be after the family's money, determines to embarrass her and show his son what she really is. Bonus features: Introduction by Martin Scorcese; "The delicious little devil" (short film with Rudolph Valentino and Mae Murray, 1919, si., 54 min.); stills gallery from Gloria Swanson's collection; 85 minute wire recording of Gloria Swanson from 1955; interviews, articles and videos detailing the restoration process; alternative audio track with more sound effects. 54 min. DVD 6750

Don't Change Your Husband (1919)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Elliott Dexter, Lew Cody, Julia Faye, Sylvia Ashton. Leila Porter, tired of her dull husband, leaves him for another man who turns out to be a two-timing playboy. She encourages her first husband to pursue her again and luckily for Leila, he is happy to have her back. 71 min. DVD 1058; also DVD 5033
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Higashi, Sumiko. "The New Woman and Consumer Culture: Cecile B. DeMille's Sex Comedies." In: The silent cinema reader / edited by Lee Grieveson and Peter Krämer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.75 .S547 2004)
Musser, Charles. "Divorce, DeMille, and the comedy of remarriage." In: Classical Hollywood comedy / edited by Kristine Brunovska Karnick and Henry Jenkins. New York : Routledge, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 C56 1995)

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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

The Garage (1919)
Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Buster and Fatty try to run a service station resulting in many hilarious misadventures. 18 min. 18 min. DVD 674; 999:911, 999:1901
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A Roman Scandal(1919)
Director: Al Christie. Cast: Colleen Moore, Earle Rodney, Eddie Barry. Stage struck Colleen Moore - in an early role without her famous bob, but looking adorable nonetheless -- insists that she won't marry Earle Rodney because she is going to devote her life to the stage -- and the small-town stage at that, where the leading man shares his dressing room with a cow. This comedy is not short on laughs, but excels by virtue of Miss Moore's charming enthusiasm. The 'Roman spectacle' that they watch is excruciatingly funny in its cheapness. DVD X6825
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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)

'Twas Henry's Fault(1919)
Director: Scott Sidney. Cast: Harry Depp, Elinor Field. DVD X6825
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Convict 13 (1920)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline, Joe Keaton. Buster gets knocked out while playing golf with Sybil, and an escaped prisoner changes clothes with him. Buster goes to prison and learns that he is to be hanged. He changes clothes with a guard just as prisoner Roberts attacks all the guards. 25 min. DVD 113
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The Flapper (1920)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Olive Thomas, Warren Cook, Theodore Westman, Jr., Katherine Johnston, Arthur Housman. The story of an innocent girl from the country who comes to a boarding school and enjoys the sophisticated life of a liberated women until she gets mixed up with some crooks and must do what's responsible. Supplementary feature: Olive Thomas, everybody's sweetheart. 88 min. DVD X2016
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Fresh Paint(1920)
Directors: Charley Chase, Alfred J. Goulding. Cast: 'Snub' Pollard, Marie Mosquini. Snub Pollard, works for the "speedy messenger service". They're fast, but you have to call 2 weeks in advance! We see some of the other messengers as well, including a height challenged deliverer and one very advanced in age. Snub doesn't think this particular senior citizen is going to make it down the street, so he gives some help by sticking him with a pin in the backside! SP then decides to get under way himself and readies his bike, but another messenger steals it right from under him. The chase is on! DVD X6825
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Her First Flame(1920)
Director: Bruno C. Becker. Cast: Gale Henry, Milburn Morante, Hap Ward, Phyllis Allen. It is the year 1950; women have taken over men's jobs and have become the aggressors in romantic situations. Lizzie Hap stuffs the ballot box, defeats her opponent, Minnie Fish, and is thereby elected Fire Chief of the all female fire department, and succeeds in winning the hand of her fair loved one, Willie Wart. DVD X6825
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High and Dizzy (1920)
Directed by Hal Roach. Cast: Lloyd, Roy Brooks, Mildred Davis, Wallace Howe. Our tipsy hero (Lloyd) rescues the sleepwalking Davis from a building ledge, high above the street. 26 min. DVD 4324; vhs 999:1453
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The Mollycoddle(1920)
Director: Victor Fleming. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Ruth Renick, Wallace Beery. A dandified American returns to his home in the wild West after being educated in England. 86 min. DVD X1994
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One Week (1920)
Written and directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Keaton and his bride inherit a do-it-by numbers pre-fab house, only somebody has mixed up the numbers. DVD 253; vhs 999:908
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The Saphead (1920)
Directed by Herbert Blache. Cast: Buster Keaton, William H. Crane, Irving Cummings, Sr., Carol Holloway. Naive and spoiled Buster's father owns the Henrietta silver mine. His sister Rose is married to shady investor Mark, who wrecks Buster's wedding plans by placing the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter on Buster. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Bertie, of all people, must come to the rescue on the trading floor. 77 min. DVD 253
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Suds(1920)
Director: Jack Dillon. Cast: Mary Pickford, Albert Austin, Harold Goodwin, Rosa Dione, Darwin Karr. A young Cockney laundress tells her friends that she is the daughter of an archduke, who has turned her out of their mansion so that she will be loved for herself, not her money. She is so desperate for love that she tells her troubles to the laundry's delivery horse. Mary rescues the nag from the glue factory and brings him home with her, with hilarious results. Based on the Charles Frohman stage production "'op o' me thumb" by Frederick Fenn and Richard Pryce. 64 min. DVD X2011
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Why Change Your Wife? (1920)
Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Thomas Meighan, Theodore Kosloff, Lucien Littlefield. In this comedy, a husband is lured away from his prim wife, who transforms herself into an attractive and stylish woman to win him back. 100 min. DVD X353; also DVD 4794
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Higashi, Sumiko. "The New Woman and Consumer Culture: Cecile B. DeMille's Sex Comedies." In: The silent cinema reader / edited by Lee Grieveson and Peter Krämer. London ; New York : Routledge, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.75 .S547 2004)

Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

Affairs of Anatole(1921)
Director, Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Bebe Daniels, Monte Blue. A New York socialite becomes bored with his newlywed bride and attempts to broaden his romantic horizons by rescuing a series of damsels in distress. 117 min. DVD X353
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Desjardins, Mary. "An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow." In: Idols of modernity : movie stars of the 1920s / edited by Patrice Petro. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .I36 2010)
Hudson, Richard M. Gloria Swanson. South Brunswick, A. S. Barnes [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.S9 H8 1970)
Quirk, Lawrence J. The films of Gloria Swanson. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1984. (NRLF (UCB) PN2287.S9 Q5 1984)

Among Those Present (1921)
Directed by Fred Newmeyer. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis. "Mrs. O'Brien is eager to be accepted as part of high society, and she is hosting a fox hunt as part of her plans. Her husband and daughter, though, have no interest in society affairs. Mrs. O'Brien wants to invite Lord Abernathy to the hunt, and she mentions this to the 'society pilot' who is advising her. But this woman and a confederate are merely using Mrs. O'Brien and the hunt for their own purposes. When Lord Abernathy is unavailable, they convince an ambitious young man to impersonate him, so that they can proceed with their scheme." [IMDB] 39 min. DVD 4324
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The Boat (1921)
Directed by Buster Keaton. "The Boat" is a slapstick comedy about the adventures of a land-lubber in a sailboat. 22 min. DVD 135; VHS 999:1901, and 999:1910
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Dog's Life (1921)
Featuring Charlie Chaplin, Carl Miller, Jack Coogan, Edna Purviance (The Kid). Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Tom Wilson, Sidney Chaplin, Albert Austin (A Dog's life). The Little Tramp rescues a mutt from a dog fight and is extravagantly repaid for his kindness. 103 min. DVD 284; DVD 13
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The Frozen North (1921)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Bonnie Hill, Freeman Wood, Edward F. Cline. This satirical parody of William S. Hart's melodramatic films finds Buster in the frozen north. A wanted poster is used as his "partner" in robbing a gambling house. Thinking he spies his wife making love to another man he shoots them both only to learn it isn't his cabin after all. 20 min. DVD 256; VHS 999:910
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The Goat (1921)
Directed by Buster Keaton and Malcolm St. Clair. Cast: Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Malcolm St. Clair, Edward F. Cline. Buster is mistaken for the outlaw Dead Shot Dan, and pursued through the city by the police chief, using disguises and quick-thinking to elude the lawman. He goes to his friend Virginia's home to visit and hide out, only to discover that her father is the police chief. 23 min. DVD 134
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Hard Luck (1921)
Directed by Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline. Follows the story of a suicidal Buster as he makes a final effort at fitting in with society at a swank country club. 22 min. DVD 255
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Haunted House (1921)
Directed by Buster Keaton and Edward F. Kline. Cast: Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Kline. Bank clerk Buster gets overturned glue on everything, mostly the money. He can't "stick 'em up" when robbers turn up because his hands are stuck in his pockets. They take him to their hideout, a haunted house designed to scare off police. 21 min. DVD 256
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The High Sign (1921)
Written and directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Buster becomes unwittingly involved in a radical secret society known as the Blinking Buzzards. 21 min. DVD 253
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The Kid (1921)
Directed by Charles Chaplin. Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Carl Miller, Jack Coogan, Edna Purviance. Chaplin as The Tramp, finds an abandoned infant in an alley and, unwittingly at first, becomes the child's foster parent. In the bittersweet end, the child's mother takes him home with her. Videodisc release of 1918 and 1921 motion pictures. Special features: Corrected film speeds to restore intended style and pace; "Home movies" shot to show construction of the Chaplin Studios, the making of a silent movie and visitors to the studio. 21 min. DVD 284
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A Lucky Dog (1921)
Directed by Jess Robbins. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jack Lloyd, Florence Gillet. In their first screen appearance together, Stan plays a penniless dog lover and Oilver plays a crook who tries to rob him. Silent with English intertitles and musical accompaniment. 17 min. DVD 6016
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Now or Never (1921)
Directed by Hal Roach, Fred Newmeyer. "Mary is looking after a young child whose parents have little time for her. So, when Mary travels home to meet her childhood sweetheart, she takes the child with her. Meanwhile, her boyfriend has a mishap on the road, and is tricked out of his money by a tramp. When the tramp then hitches a ride on a train, the boyfriend does so as well. At the station, he meets Mary and the child, and they plan to re-board the train together. But difficulties arise when Mary sees her boss boarding the same train - and there is also the problem that her boyfriend doesn't have a ticket." [IMDB] 35 min. DVD 4324
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The Nut (1921)
Directed by Theodore Reed. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De la Motte, William Lowery Charlie Jackson is a Greenwich Village character who invents Rube Goldberg-style contraptions. He uses them to please his friends and his sweetheart but more often than not, they backfire. 73 min. DVD X1995
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Paleface (1921)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts. Indians are told by evil oilmen to vacate their land in one day. The Indian chief tells his braves to kill the first white man they see, and Buster appears, chasing a butterfly. After being tied to a stake - upon which he is to be burned, and which he keeps moving around - he becomes one of the tribe and helps them with their fight. 33 min. DVD 254; VHS 999:910
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The Plumber(1920)
Director: Thomas La Rose. Cast: Billy Franey. DVD X6825
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The Blacksmith (1922)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Virginia Fox. In "The Blacksmith", Keaton tries his hand at the forge. Film is a parody of Longfellow's poem, The village blacksmith. 20 min. DVD 255; VHS 999:910
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Cops (1922)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts, Virginia Fox, Edward F. Cline. After several instances of mistaken identity Buster finds himself in the middle of parade of policemen with a load of furniture into which is tossed an anarchist's bomb. He lights his cigarette with it, tosses it into the ranks of police, and when it explodes they chase him all over town. 19 min. DVD 112; VHS 999:909
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Daydreams (1922)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Rene Adore, Joe Keaton, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline. Buster goes to the city to prove he can succeed to his girl's father. He writes her of his job, which she glorifies in her imagination, seeing a surgeon, a vet's assistant, Buster cleaning up on Wall Street. He's really a janitor. 21 min. DVD 113; VHS 999:911
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Dr. Jack (1922)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis. "Country Doctor, Jack Jackson is called in to treat the Sick-Little-Well-Girl, who has been making Dr. Saulsbourg and is sanitarium very rich, after years of unsuccessful treatment. His old-fashioned methods do the trick and the quack is sent packing." [IMDB] 56 min. DVD 6208
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The Electric House (1922)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts, Virginia Fox, Joe Keaton, Myra Keaton, Louis Keaton. Buster mistakenly gets a degree in electrical engineering (not botany). When he is hired to wire a new home he installs lots of fanciful gadgets, which are then rewired by the vengeful guy who should have received the degree. All havoc breaks loose. 23 min. DVD 255; VHS 999:910
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Grandma's Boy (1922)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Anna Townsend, Charles Stevenson. "Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny joins a posse after a tramp accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his grandfather, also a coward, who overcame his fears with the help of a magic amulet. With new courage (and the charm), Sonny captures the fugitive and becomes the hero of the day." [IMDB] 56 min. DVD 6208
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My Wife's Relations (1922)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Kate Price, Joe Roberts, Wheezer Dell, Tom Wilson, Monte Collins. A large Irish woman falsely accuses Buster of breaking a window, and when he she hauls him before a Polish-speaking judge he assumes they are there to be married. She and her new husband then go home to meet her four gorilla-like brothers. 30 min. DVD 134
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Balloonatic (1923)
Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Cast: Keaton and Phyllis Haver. An afternoon at an amusement park provides a multitude of comic adventures for Buster Keaton, from a hair-raising hitchhike in a balloon to an accident-prone camping escapade. 22 min. DVD 293; vhs 999:911; 999:908
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The Extra Girl (1923)
Directed by F. Richard Jones. Cast: Mabel Normand, Ralph Graves, Vernon Dent, Anna Hernandez. A small town girl and would-be star wins a beauty contest through a mix-up and goes to Hollywood. When she arrives the mistake is discovered and she starts working in the props department of the studio instead. Her parents then come out to California and invest some money with a very shifty individual. Film is notable for the sets of a typical studio of the 1920s. 68 min. DVD 9789
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Dale, Alan S. "Girl Heroes." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fussell, Betty "The films of Mabel Normand." Film History; 1988, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p373-391, 19p UC users only

Go West (1923)
Written and directed by Buster Keaton. Heeding the expansionist call of Horace Greeley, a hapless young man idealistically hops a freight train to meet his destiny, with hilarious results. 69 min. DVD 254;
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Little Old New York (1923)
Directed by Sidney Olcott. Cast: Marion Davies, Stephen Carr, J.M. Kerrigan, Harrison Ford. An Irish girl comes to America disguised as a boy to claim a fortune left to her brother who has died. Based on the play and novel by Rida Johnson Young. 106 min. DVD X4474
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The Love Nest (1923)
Directed by and featuring Buster Keaton. Buster sets out to sea, forlorn about a lost love. 24 min. DVD 135; VHS 999:914
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Our Hospitality (1923)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Joe Roberts, Ralph Bushman, Natalie Talmadge, Buster Keaton, Jr. Buster is returning to his Appalachian homestead, and on the trip, he falls for a young woman (played by Natalie Talmadge, Buster's real life wife). The only problem is her feuding family has vowed to kill every member of his family. The dramatic waterfall rescue near the end is performed by Buster himself. 74 min. DVD 133
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"Buster Keaton's Comedy's of Southern History: Our Hospitality and The General." In: Historical comedy on screen: subverting history with humour / edited by Hannu Salmi. Bristol [England] ; Chicago : Intellect, 2011.
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Safety Last (1923)
Directed by Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strothers. A young man moves to the big city and boasts to his fiancee about his exciting life there. When she comes to visit, he must contrive increasingly desperate (and dangerous) schemes to live up to the image he has created. Includes the famous "hanging from the clock" sequence. 74 min. DVD 6208; vhs 999:1501
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Three Ages (1923)
Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Featuring Buster Keaton. Romantic misadventures from the dawn of man in the Stone Age, through the gladiatorial arenas of Ancient Rome to the city streets of the American Jazz Era. A cleaver parody of D.W. Griffith's Intolerance.63 min., DVD 134

Why Worry? (1923)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, John Aasen. Harold Van Pelham (Lloyd) is a hypochondriac, rich businessman who sails to the tropics for his 'health.' Instead of the peace and seclusion he is seeking, he finds himself in the middle of a revolution. He is imprisoned where he befriends the friendly giant, Colosso (Aasen), and they engineer an escape. Together, they quell the revolution. 63 min. DVD 6208
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A Woman of Paris (1923)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Adolphe Menjou, Clarence Geldart, Carl Miller, Betty Morrissey. When her elopement to her beau fails, Marie winds up in Paris as a kept woman whose attempt at reconciliation with her true love only leads to more grief and, finally, tragedy. 90 min. DVD 5758
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Girl Shy (1924)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Daniels, Carlton Griffin. Feeling confident after having his collection of romantic stories published, a tailor's shy apprentice furiously pursues a rich girl and rescues her from marriage to the wrong man. 82 min. vhs 999:1456
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Her Night of Romance (1924)
Directed by Sidney Franklin. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Albert Gran, Jean Hersholt. An impoverished British lord (Paul Menford) impersonates a doctor in order to woo an ailing American heiress (Dorothy Adams). The lord is in it for love, but his business associate (Joe Diamond) smells money. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Albert Gran, Jean Hersholt. 70 min. DVD X3777
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Hot Water (1924)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Josephine Crowell, Charles Stevenson, Mickey McBan. Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him. 60 min. DVD 4683
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The Marriage Circle (1924)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Florence Vidor, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Creighton Hale, Adolphe Menjou. Classic influential silent comedy about the flirtations and infidelities of several well-to-do characters in Vienna, wherein the duality of one perfectly happy marriage is contrasted with another couple in a perpetual state of grimly endured misalliance. 85 min. DVD 330
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The Navigator (1924)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton, H.M. Clugston, Noble Johnson. Millionaire Keaton wants to marry Betsey and sail to Honolulu, but she rejects him so he decides to go alone. Both he and Betsey end up on the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by her father, which is cut adrift and wafts out to sea with the two unaware of there being anyone else on board. 75 min. DVD 135
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Ride 'em Cowboy(1920)
Director: Al Christie. Cast: Bobby Vernon, Charlotte Stevens, Tom Murray, William N. Chapman. DVD X6825
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Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane. Buster and Ward are competing for Kathryn's affections, so Ward steals her father's watch and frames Buster. Pathetic film projectionist Buster goes to work and he dreams everyone else in his life into the movie: he is the genius Sherlock Holmes looking for stolen pearls. 56 min. DVD 133
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Chasing the Chaser(1925)
Director: Stan Laurel. Cast: James Finlayson, William Gillespie, Eddie Barry. A woman suspects her husband is playing around so she goes to see a private detective. The recptionist is an attractive woman, but -- gasp -- she removes her wig, showing that it is a man with seriously receding hair (played by William Gillespie). DVD X6825
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The Freshman (1925)
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston. "Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. With the help of his one real friend Peggy, he resolves to make every possible effort to become popular." [IMDB] 76 min. DVD 6208
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Gold Rush (1925)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Malcolm Waite, Georgia Hale, Henry Bergman. The Little Tramp searches for gold and romance in the Klondike in the mid-1800's. This film features the dance of the rolls, the pantomime sequence of eating the shoe, and Chaplin's lovely music. Laser Disc 143 includes an interview with Lita Grey Chaplin, never-before-seen production photographs taken on location, and an original scenario by Chaplin called "The Lucky Strike", that he wrote in preparation for The Gold Rush. 110 min. DVD 1780; DVD 1089; VHS 999:60
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Her Sister from Paris (1925)
Directed by Sidney Franklin. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, George K. Arthur, Gertrude Claire. An impoverished British lord (Paul Menford) impersonates a doctor in order to woo an ailing American heiress (Dorothy Adams). The lord is in it for love, but his business associate (Joe Diamond) smells money. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, Albert Gran, Jean Hersholt. 70 min. DVD X3777
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Sally of the Sawdust (1925)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: W.C. Fields, Carol Dempster, Alfred Lunt, Effie Shannon, Erville Alderson, Glenn Anders, Charles Hammond, Roy Applegate. Fields plays the role of Eustace McGargle, a carnival barker who has adopted young Sally, an orphaned waif. Juggling and conning lead to a climax complete with an automobile race-to-the-rescue chase scene. 120 min. DVD 3623; DVD 36
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Scrambled Eggs(1925)
Director: Jess Robbins. Cast: Phil Dunham, Babe London. DVD X6825
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Seven Chances (1925)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes. Financial broker Buster is nearly bankrupt when an attorney informs him that his grandfather has left him seven million dollars. However, in order to inherit Buster must marry before 7 pm on his 27th birthday - today! 56 min. DVD 293
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Battling Butler (1926)
Directed by Buster Keaton. To 'make a man' of Keaton, his father sends him on a hunting trip, where he falls in love with a mountain girl. When her family laugh at him, he says he is Alfred "Battling" Butler, the well-known championship fighter. 71 min. DVD 256; Video Disc 117:2
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For Heaven's Sake (1926)
Directed by Sam Taylor. Featuring Harold Lloyd. "The Uptown Boy, J. Harold Manners (Lloyd) is a millionaire playboy who falls for the Downtown Girl, Hope (Ralston) who works in Brother Paul's (Weigel) mission. In order to build up attendance, and win Hope's attention, Harold runs through town causing trouble, and winds up with a crowd chasing him right into the mission. He eventually wins the girl and they marry, but not without some interference from his high-brow friends." [IMDB] 58 min. DVD 4683
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It's the Old Army Game (1926)
Directed by Edward Sutherland. Cast: W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring, William Gaxton, Mary Foy. An expansion on W.C. Fields stage skits, originally performed in the Broadway revue The Comic Supplement. Described in the opening title as "the epic of the American druggist," the skits feature the trials and tribulations of druggist Elmer Prettywillie. 77 min. DVD X3151
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Kid Boots (1926)
Directed by Frank Tuttle. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Clara Bow, Billie Dove, Lawrence Gray, Natalie Kingston. A salesman is helped out of a jam with an angry customer by a wealthy playboy. In return, he agrees to help the playboy get a divorce from his wife, only to find himself falling for the girlfriend of the customer who got him in trouble in the first place. 21 min. DVD 253; Video Disc 117:1
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Mantrap (1926)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, Ralph Prescott. A young woman's flirtatious nature leads her to romantic adventures at a back woods outpost along the Canadian border in the 1920's. 66 min. DVD X3150
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Mighty like a Moose (1926)
Directed by Leo McCarey; produced by: Hal Roach Studios. Cast: Charley Chase, Vivian Oakland. Mr. and Mrs. Moose are not pretty. But after he has his teeth fixed and she has her nose done they look great. They meet by accident and don't recognize each other. They make plans for an illicit rendezvous, both nervous about stepping out on their spouses, but happy to feel attractive for the first time. The only problem: how to keep the spouse from finding out. 23 min. DVD 9633

The Strong Man (1926)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner, Robert McKim, Gertrude Astor, William V. Mong, Arthur Thalasso. In this silent comic classic, Belgian veteran Paul Bergot comes to America after World War I with a travelling show to find the girl whose letters gave him hope while at the war front. He eventually finds her and saves her town from crooks. 78 min. DVD 400; Video Disc 170; VHS 999:1480
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Thalasso(1926)
Directed by Harry Edwards; writer, Frank Capra. Cast: Harry Langdon, DVD 400

Tramp Tramp Tramp(1926)
Directed by Harry Edwards; writer, Frank Capra. Cast: Harry Langdon, Joan Crawford, Edwards Davis, Carlton Griffin Low-life Harry falls in love with sweet Betty who inspires him to improve himself so he can marry her. He enters a $25,000 cross-country hiking contest. After many adventures he wins, pays off his father Amos's mortgage and marries Betty. 62 min. DVD 400
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College (1927)
Directed by James W. Horne. Featuring Buster Keaton. Ronald, an idealistic freshman who attends Clayton College finds himself embroiled in a war of athletics as he fights for the heart of his beloved coed, Mary. 66 min. DVD 255
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The General (1927)
Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman. Cast: Keaton, Marion Mack, Charles Smith, Frank Barnes. Engineer Johnnie loves Annabelle Lee and his train, "The General". But when the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer, Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board, and Johnny must rescue both his loves. Special features on DVD X638: three musical scores; video tour of the authentic General; behind-the-scenes home movie footage; filmed introduction by Gloria Swanson; filmed introduction by Orson Welles; "The Buster Express": a brisk montage of train gags from throughout Keaton's career. 75 min. DVD X638; copy 2: DVD 112; VHS 999:58
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Long Pants (1927)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner, Alma Bennett. A sheepish young man springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten by the wrong woman, a hard-boiled drug smuggler. When she is jailed, he comes to her aid ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes. 58 min. DVD 400
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My Best Girl (1927)
Directed by Sam Taylor. Cast: Mary Pickford, Charles Rogers, Sunshine Hart, Lucien Littlefield. Maggie, a shopgirl in a five-and-ten-cent store, falls in love with the owner's son, who gives up his society sweetheart for her. Learning of their relationship, the boy's father unsuccessfully tries to buy Maggie off, but is ultimately convinced of her worth and agrees to their marriage. Based on the book of the same name by Kathleen Norris. 83 min. DVD X2015; vhs 999:2093
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Long Pants(1927)
Director, Frank Capra. Cast: Harry Langdon, Priscilla Bonner, Alma Bennett. A sheepish young man springs into adulthood and is immediately smitten by the wrong woman, a hard-boiled drug smuggler. When she is jailed, he comes to her aid ushering his fugitive moll through a series of riotous scrapes. 58 min. DVD 400
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Three's a Crowd(1927)
Directed by Harry Langdon. Cast: Harry Langdon, Gladys McConnell, Cornelius Keefe, Henry Barrows. In this early six reeler a timid dreamer who longs for a wife and family believes he's achieved his heart's desire when he finds a pregnant girl in a snowstorm. He brings her home and happily takes care of his new family -- until the girl's husband finds her and takes her and the baby back home. 63 min. DVD 9788
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The Battle of the Sexes(1928)
Director, D.W. Griffith. Cast: Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Belle Bennett, Don Alvarado, Sally O'Neil. A middle-aged magnate makes a fool of himself when he strays from his loving wife and children into the cynical arms of a gold digger and her dishonest lover. Based on "The single standard" by Daniel Carson Goodman. 88 min. DVD 374
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The Camerman (1928)
Directed by Buster Keaton. Cast: Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin, Sidney Bracey, Harry Gribbon. Keaton plays a lovestruck tintype photographer who falls for a pretty girl, an employee of MGM News service. Buying an antiquated movie camera, he sets out to film news events in the streets of New York so he can win a job and the girl's affection. 70 min. DVD 5437; 999:144
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The Chaser(1928)
Directed by Harry Langdon and Alfred de Gaetano. Cast: Gladys McConnell, Harry Langdon, Helen Hayward, William Jaimison, Charles Thurston. A dark, slightly kinky comedy in which carousing Harry is cast as a philanderer who is hauled into court by his disgruntled wife. As punishment, the judge orders Langdon to assume his wife's household duties, leading to the film's funniest moments. 63 min. DVD 9788
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The Circus (1928)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Featuring Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Allan Garcia, Harry Crocker. Chaplin won the Academy Award for writing, acting, directing and producing this film set in a small traveling circus. Special features: Introduction by David Robinson (6 min.) ; Chaplin today: The circus / by Francois Ede with Emir Kusturica (documentary, 26 min.) ; deleted sequence (10 min.) ; October 7-13, 1926: outtakes from a week of shooting on The Circus (26 min.) ; Mountbatten home movies (7 min.) ; Hollywood premiere (1928) (6 min.); Camera A, camera B., shots made simultaneously from the two cameras used in shooting The Circus (1 min.); 3-D test footage by Roland Totheroh (2 min.); Jackie Coogan: excerpts (12 min.); photo gallery; film posters; trailers (8 min.); Chaplin collection (12 min.) 72 min. DVD 2911
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From Soup to Nuts (1928)
Director, Edgar Kennedy. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin. The newly rich Mrs. Culpepper, eager to make an impression in high society, has planned a big dinner party. Her husband is less than enthusiastic, but her worst problem is that the two waiters whom she has hired turn out to be clumsy and inexperienced bumblers. DVD includes From soup to nuts / director, Edgar Kennedy (restored b&w version, 1928, 18 min.) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard (Another fine mess) ; Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin (From soup to nuts) 28 min. DVD X306; vhs 999:1309
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A Girl in Every Port (1928)
Director: Howard Hawks. Cast: Victor McLaglen, Louise Brooks, Robert Armstrong, Maria Casajuana. A sea-faring Romeo finds himself a step behind the competition when he visits his girlfriends in various ports of call. 62 min. DVD X307
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A Lady of Chance(1928)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Norma Shearer, Lowell Sherman, John Mack Brown, Gwen Lee. Shearer makes her last silent film a fun one, portraying a tough cookie who falls among thieves even shadier than she is, cons them at their own grifts and marries what she thinks is a wealthy young son of the South. From the story "Little angel" by Leroy Scott. 104 min. DVD X5553
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Leave 'Em Lauging(1928)
Director: Clyde Bruckman. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall, Edgar Kennedy, Viola Richard and Dorothy Coburn.Leaving the dentist's office, where Hardy's teeth have been extracted by mistake, the boys, still under the influence of laughing gas, meet up with a traffic cop and cause a huge traffic jam. 20 min. DVD X307
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Speedy (1928)
Directed by Harold Lloyd. Cast: Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff, Brooks Benedict, Babe Ruth. "Speedy" comes to the rescue when his girlfriend's grandfather's horsecar is stolen by a gang. After finding the car he gets it back on the track in time to make the daily run. This feature takes silent film star Lloyd's frenetic style to new, hilarious extremes. 86 min. DVD 4683; vhs 999:1460
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The Matinee Idol (1928)
Director, Frank Capra. Cast: Johnnie Walker, Bessie Love, Ernest Hilliard, Lionel Belmore, David Mir. When Ginger Bolivar's amateur stock company is invited to join superstar Don Wilson's Broadway review, little does she know that recently hired bit-part actor Harry Mann and Don are one and the same. Don believes the Bolivar Players are unintentionally funny, and has brought them to the Big Apple as a comedy act. But when "Harry" falls for Ginger, Don soon learns that humiliating the woman he loves is no laughing matter. 58 min. DVD 3000
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The Patsy (1928)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Marie Dressler, Lawrence Gray, Marion Davies, Orville Caldwell, Dell Henderson, Jane Winton. Patsy Harrington is the drudge of her social-climbing family. Secretly in love with Tony Anderson, the boyfriend of her irresponsible but irresistible sister Grace, Patsy yearns to be a 'personality girl.' Rather than cultivate her looks, she decides to become the 'intellectual' of her family, which outrages her mother who believes that beauty and brains don't mix. Meanwhile, the fickle Grace begins cheating on Tony with a millionaire named Bill. For Tony's sake, the 'new' Patsy throws herself at Grace's new beau, hoping to break up the romance. Based on the play by Barry Conners. 78 min. DVD X6460
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Show People (1928)
Director, King Vidor. Cast: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderon, Paul Ralli. Peggy Pepper from Georgia goes to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a dramatic actress, but can only find work in the pie-throwing comedies of Billy Boone. She finally triumphs and becomes very vain and snooty but as she's about to marry a French count, Billy brings her to her senses with the aid of a well-aimed custard pie. 58 min. DVD X3616; vhs 999:3313
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Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
Directed by Carl Harbaugh. Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence. Riverboat captain "Steamboat Bill"'s effete son Buster comes to see his estranged dad. Bill tries to turn his son into a man. When his father is arrested, Buster decides to bust him out of jail. Special features with DVD X3948: Complete alternate version of Steamboat Bill, Jr., from the Killiam Shows Archive, comprised entirely of variant takes and camera angles ; documentary on the making of the film ; stills gallery; "Why they call him Buster," a musical montage of pratfalls and stunts ; two vintage recordings of the folk song "Steamboat Bill." 71 min. DVD X3948 (2-disc set); DVD 113; vhs 999:181
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Two Tars (1928)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. In this silent comedy film sailors on leave, Stan and Ollie, pick up two girls and create a mammoth traffic jam in their rented Model "T". 20 min. DVD X321; DVD 369; vhs 999:1471
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You're Darn Tootin' (1928)
Directed by E. Livingston Kennedy. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Otto Lederer, Agnes Steele, Sam Lufkin, Charlie Hall, Christian Frank, Rolfe Sedan. Members of a municipal band, Stanley and Oliver seem to be always following someone else's lead, rather than that of the temperamental conductor. Soon they're out of a job, as well as their lodgings when the landlady finds out they've been fired. The boys try their luck at being street musicians, but the tiffs they get into with each other soon spread to all in the street. 20 min. DVD 1315; DVD X316
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Big Business (1929)
Directed by James W. Horne and Leo McCarey. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson. Ollie and Stanley are two Christmas Tree sales reps who get into one of their usual mutual destruction fights with a homeowner. 21 min. DVD 269
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Cocoanuts (1929)
Directed by J. Santley & R. Florey. Cast: he Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo), Oscar Shaw, Mary Eaton, Margaret Dumont. Classic Marx Brothers comedy with Groucho as a hotel owner, Chico and Harpo as con men and the inestimable Margaret Dumont as a wealthy matron. Contains music by Irving Berlin. 94 min. DVD 5581; vhs 999:1137
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Cohen on the Telephone (1929)
Directed by Robert Ross. Cast: George Sidney. With the advent of sound, the vaudeville-immigrant genre added comic speech to its repertoire of physical comedy and funny situations. This film presents a humorous monologue of a Jewish immigrant using the telephone for the first time when he calls his landlord about repairs to the owner's property. Unfamiliar with the telephone and still uncomfortable with the English language, Cohen embroils himself in a comic monologue of misunderstanding. 9 min. DVD X2079; vhs 999:2388

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Corenthal, Michael. "Cohen on the Telephone: An Introductory Discussion of Recorded Jewish Humor." JEMF Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 64, pp. 182-191, Winter 1981.

The Hoose-gow (1929)
Director, James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Tiny Sandford, James Finlayson, Dick Sutherland, Leo Willis, Ellinor Van Derveer. Stanley and Oliver protest that they were only bystanders to the raid, but are hauled off to a prison labor camp anyway. They procede with their usual mayhem, Stanley getting his pick stuck in Oliver's coat, Oliver chopping down a tree which just happens to contain the guard lookout post. When the Governor's party happens by, Oliver accidentally pokes a hole in his car's radiator, then attempts to stop the leak by filling the radiator with rice. 18 min. DVD X324; vhs 999:3311
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Kid Boots (1929)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: Clara Bow, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Charles Sellon, Jean Harlow. Mayme and sister Janie are salesgirls in Ginsberg's Department Store. Mayme is in love with store clerk Bill, but Janie tries to steal him from her. Hazel, another salesgirl, is Jean Harlow's first credited role. 65 min. DVD X3190
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The Love Trap (1929)
Director, William Wyler. Cast: Laura La Plante, Neil Hamilton, Norman Trevor, Robert Ellis, Jocelyn Lee, Clarissa Selwynne, Rita LaRoy. Laura La Plante stars as a bright-eyed dancer who is fired from her chorus line job, cornered by a sly womanizer and evicted from her apartment, all in a single day. In the depths of her despair, she is rescued by a handsome prince charming, a weathy young businessman. Love and marriage follow, but their newlywed bliss is threatened when Paul's uncle recognizes Evelyn from a wild party he had attended. Evelyn sets an elaborate trap for the old aristocrat in order to regain the confidence of her husband. 70 min. DVD X3481
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A Perfect Day(1929)
Director: James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Kay Deslys, Isabelle Keith, Edgar Kennedy. When Stan and Ollie attempt a relaxing day of picnicking with their spouses, car trouble stalls their plans and turns the day into a near-riot. 20 min. DVD X307; vhs 999:1314
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Spite Marriage(1929)
Directed by Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle, Leila Hyams, William Bechtel. In his last silent film, Keaton plays a hapless pants-presser who pines for a stage actress. When she is jilted by her fiance, she spitefully marries Keaton. 76 min. DVD 5437
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That's My Wife (1929)
Directed by Llyod French. Cast: Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Vivien Oakland. Mrs. Hardy leaves Ollie because Stan's visit has lasted two years. As she makes her departure, Ollie's rich uncle is scheduled to come and Ollie is to inherit a fortune if he is happily married. 21 min. DVD X314; DVD 274; vhs 999:1472
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They Go Boom(1929)
Director: James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlie Hall. Stanley's attempts to treat Oliver's cold include dropping a swab down his friend's throat, applying a mustard plaster to his rump, and inflating the air mattress from the gas jet until it has Oliver pressed against the ceiling. 20 min. DVD X307
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They Had to See Paris (1929)
Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Will Rogers, Irene Rich, Marguerite Churchill, Ivan Lebedeff, Owen Davis, Jr., Rex Bell, Fifi Dorsay. Oklahoma mechanic Pike Peters (Will Rogers) finds himself part owner of an oil field. His wife, Idy, hitherto content, decides the family must go to Paris to get 'culture' and meet 'the right kind of people.' Pike and his grown son and daughter soon have flirtatious French admirers; Idy rents a chateau from an impoverished aristocrat; while Pike responds to each new development with homespun wit. In the inevitable clash, will pretentiousness and sophistication or common sense triumph? 83 min. DVD X721
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Comedy, Spectacle and New Horizons. (The Movies Begin; 5)
P. Freres: Policemen's little run (1907); Troubles of a grass Widower (1908). -- A. Ambrosio: Nero, or the Fall of Rome (1909). -- L. Gaumont: Onesime, Clock-maker (1912). -- Vitagraph Co. of America: Windsor McCay or Little Nemo (1911). -- Solax Company: A.G. Blache. Making an American Citizen (1912). -- Biograph Company: D.W. Griffith: Girl and Her Trust (1912). -- Keystone Film Co.: H. Lehrman: Bangville Police (1913). DVD 1100; VHS 999:1010

American Slapstick. Vol. I
In this anthology of silent classic comedies expect to find exploding cars, innocent bystanders smacked in the head with hammers, half-naked underware models chased by cross-dressing villains, auctioneers crawling across airplane wings to retrieve false teeth, memory-impaired lovers, somnambulists, drunken reprobates, deranged acrobats, and the Keystone Kops. DVD X427

Disc 1: Caught in the rain / directed by Charlie Chaplin (1914, 14 min.) -- Laughing gas (1914, 11 min.) -- A submarine pirate (1915, 27 min.) -- Cupid's rival (1917, 28 min.) -- The bond (1918, 9 min.). Featuring: Charley Chaplin, Syd Chaplin, Billy West, Oliver Hardy.

Disc 2: Golf (1922, 27 min.) -- Lizzies of the field (1924, 14 min.) -- Heavy love : the ton of fun (1926, 20 min.) -- Uppercuts / producer, Al Christie (1926, 11 min.) -- Beauty and the bump (1927, 16 min.) -- Reckless Rosie (1929, 11 min.). Featuring: Larry Semon, Oliver Hardy, Billy Bevan, Stan Laurel, Jack Duffy, Perry Murdock, Frances Lee.

Disc 3: Originally released as motion pictures between 1916 and 1927. Luke's movie muddle (1916, 10 min.) -- Pay your dues (1919, 13 min.) -- The nonskid kid (1922, 11 min.) -- Sold at auction (1923, 22 min.) -- Smithy (1924, 14 min.) -- Forgotten sweeties (1927, 21 min.). Featuring: Harold Lloyd, Eddie Boland, Ernest "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Snub Pollard, Stan Laurel, Charlie Chase.

American Slapstick. Vol. II
An anthology of comedy shorts that have been mastered from archival elements and rare collections. They were the bad boy superstars of the Jazz Age. They told jokes without words, with punchlines made from brickbats and cream pies. DVD X428

Disc 1: Luke joins the Navy (1916) (4:29) -- By the sad sea waves (1917) (6:03) -- Bliss (1917) (11:45) -- Hey there (1918) (18:06) -- Don't shove (1919) (9:39) -- Dodge your debts (1921) (10:24) -- Looking for trouble (1919) (9:08) -- Whirl o'the west (1921) (5:21) -- The dippy dentist (1920) (8:49) -- Shiver and shake (1922) (3:34) -- Post no bills (1923) (9:51) -- A fresh start (1920) (16:59) -- Kid speed (1924) (18:32) -- Jonah Jones (1924) (13:48) -- Breezing along (1927) (16:28).

Disc 2: Luke joins the Navy (1916) (4:29) -- By the sad sea waves (1917) (6:03) -- Bliss (1917) (11:45) -- Hey there (1918) (18:06) -- Don't shove (1919) (9:39) -- Dodge your debts (1921) (10:24) -- Looking for trouble (1919) (9:08) -- Whirl o'the west (1921) (5:21) -- The dippy dentist (1920) (8:49) -- Shiver and shake (1922) (3:34) -- Post no bills (1923) (9:51) -- A fresh start (1920) (16:59) -- Kid speed (1924) (18:32) -- Jonah Jones (1924) (13:48) -- Breezing along (1927) (16:28).

Disc 3: Be reasonable (1921) (15:39) --At your service (1921) (7:13) -- Call the wagon (1923) (19:12) -- Cinderella Cinders (1920) (18:50) -- Hold still (1926) (9:57) -- A hash house fraud (1915) (11:30) -- Faro nell (1929) (18:04) -- Hollywood runaround (1932) (17:24) -- Playboy number one (1937) (16:56)

[Benchley, Robert]Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin
This special collection of rare short films pays homage to the great American satirist Robert Benchley and two other witty literati who shared his company at the Hotel Algonquin's legendary round table and personified the sophisticated literary scene of New York in the 1920's and 1930's. Contents: The witness / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1941) -- The trouble with husbands / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1940) -- The man's angle / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1942)-- Mr. W's little game / directed by Lynn Shores (1934) -- The treasurer's report / directed by Thomas Chalmers (1928) -- Traffic regulations (1929) -- Sex life of a polyp (1928) -- Humorous flights / directed by Fred Fleck (1929) -- Crime control / produced and directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner. Robert Blauvelt (1941). DVD X3301; Video/C 999:3224

[Benchley, Robert]Robert Benchley Shorts
How to Be a DetectiveSupplement on DVD 4155
How To Sleep Supplement on DVD 2662
Benchley explains the Depression. Supplement on DVD 1677
A Night At the Movies Supplement on DVD 2661
That Inferior Feeling Supplement on DVD 3635
Why Daddy? Supplement on DVD 4158

Slapstick Encyclopedia
The 10-volume DVD version, listed first, has some different titles and two more volumes than the 8-volume VHS version, listed last; please check both formats for specific titles.

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 1: In the Beginning
In the beginning: A survey of once important, now forgotten but still funny vaudevillians, stage actors and novelty acts that gravitated to the film world during the first fifteen years of the century. Their work in front of the camera inspired the first wave of film comedy.

Contents: Vol. 1. One too many (1916) -- The wrong Mr. Fox (1917) -- Mr. Flip (1909) -- Alkali Ike's auto (1911) -- Fox-trot finesse (1915) -- A cure for pokeritis (1912) -- Be my wife (1921) -- A natural-born gambler (1916). Cast: Oliver Hardy, Billy Bletcher, Victor Moore, Ben Turpin, Augustus Carney, Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Roscoe Arbuckle, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew, John Bunny, Flora Finch, Max Linder, Bert Williams, Harry Langdon, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyed, Keystone Kops, Mack Swain, Harry McCoy. DVD 1312

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 1: In the Beginning: Film Comedy Pioneers
A survey of once important, now forgotten but still funny vaudevillians, stage actors and novelty acts that gravitated to the film world during the first fifteen years of the century. Their work in front of the camera inspired the first wave of film comedy.

Contents: One too many (1916) -- The wrong Mr. Fox (1917) -- Mr. Flip (1909) -- Alkali Ike's auto (1911) -- Mabel's dramatic debut (1913) -- Fox-trot finesse (1915) -- A cure for pokeritis (1912) -- Be my wife [abridged] (1921) -- A natural-born gambler (1916). Featuring:Oliver Hardy, Billy Bletcher, Victor Moore, Ben Turpin, Augustus Carney, Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Roscoe Arbuckle, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew, John Bunny, Flora Finch, Max Linder, Bert Williams. Video/C 999:1898

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 2: Keystone Tonight!
Mack Sennett's influence as producer and director at the Keystone Studios refined the comedic art form. This volume presents a sampling of rare treats from Sennett's incubator of comic insanity and offers a composite image of the "Sennett style."

Contents: Mabel's dramatic career (1913) -- Barney Oldfield's race for a life (1913) -- The rounders (1914) -- Muddy romance (1913) -- Movie star (1916) -- Teddy at the throttle (1917) Cast: Oliver Hardy, Billy Bletcher, Victor Moore, Ben Turpin, Augustus Carney, Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling, Roscoe Arbuckle, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Drew, John Bunny, Flora Finch, Max Linder, Bert Williams, Harry Langdon, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyed, Keystone Kops, Mack Swain, Harry McCoy. DVD 1312

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 2: Keystone Tonight!
Mack Sennett's influence as producer and director at the Keystone Studios refined the comedic art form. This volume presents a sampling of rare treats from Sennett's incubator of comic insanity, and offers a composite image of the "Sennett style."

Contents: Saturday afternoon (1926) -- Super-hooper-dyne Lizzies (1925) -- Wandering Willies (1926) -- A muddy romance (1913) -- A movie star (1916) -- Barney Oldfield's race for life (1913) Featuring: Harry Langdon, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, The Keystone Kops, Mabel Normand, Mack Swain, Harry McCoy, Mack Sennett, Ford Sterling. Video/C 999:1899

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 3: Sennett in the Twenties
Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin and Billy Bevan were Sennett's major comedy stars when he was producing for Pathe in the 1920's. Presented here are six films that highlight Sennett's 20's formula of "speed, girls and spectacular effects," where every foil and gag sets another in motion until every prop in sight has been squeezed of comic potential.

Contents: Saturday afternoon (1926) -- Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925) -- Wandering Willies (1926) -- Circus today (1926) -- His marriage wow (1925) -- All night long (1925) -- Vol. 4. Detectress (1919) -- One wet night (1924) -- Know thy wife (1918) -- Rowdy Ann (1918) -- Hearts and flowers (1919) Cast: Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Charley Chase, Gale Henry, Alice Howell, Dorothy Devore, Fay Tincher, Harry Depp, Louie Fazenda, Ford Sterling. DVD 1313

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 3: Funny Girls, Genders and their Benders
Celebrate the first ladies of early screen comedy with six sensational shorts which dispel the myth that comedy was primarily a man's domain. While Keystone's Bathing Beauties were satisfied to pose and look pretty, these dauntless damsels flung themselves into the making of mirth with spirited abandon.

Contents: Mighty like a moose (1926) -- The detectress (1919) -- One wet night (1924) -- Know thy wife (1918) -- Rowdy Ann (1919) -- Hearts and flowers (1919). Curators, Joe Adamson, David Shepard ; music, eric Beheim, Brian Benison, Robert Israel, Ken Rosen. Charley Chase, Gale Henry, Alice Howell, Dorothy Devore, Fay Tincher, Harry Depp, Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling. Video/C 999:1900

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Mighty Like a Moose - National Film Registry Selection

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 4: Funny Girls, Genders and their Benders
Celebrates the first ladies of early screen comedy with five sensational shorts which dispel the myth that comedy was primarily a man's domain. See these dauntless damsels fling themselves into the making of mirth with spirited abandon.

Contents: Detectress (1919) -- One wet night (1924) -- Know thy wife (1918) -- Rowdy Ann (1918) -- Hearts and flowers (1919) Cast: Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Charley Chase, Gale Henry, Alice Howell, Dorothy Devore, Fay Tincher, Harry Depp, Louie Fazenda, Ford Sterling. DVD 1313

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 4: Keaton, Arbuckle & St. John
Six films which illuminate the careers of three influential early film artists by presenting some of Buster Keaton's rarely seen early shorts, showcasing the often neglected Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and spot-lighting little-know character comedian Al St. John.

Contents: The rounders (1914) -- Fatty and Mabel adrift (1916) -- Oh, doctor (1917) -- The garage (1920) -- The boat (1921) -- The iron mule (1925). Featuring: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Charles Chaplin, Al St. John, Mabel Normand, Buster Keaton. Video/C 999:1901

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 5: Keaton, Arbuckle and St. John
Five films which illuminate the careers of three influential early film artists by presenting some of Buster Keaton's rarely seen early shorts, showcasing the often neglected Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and spot-lighting little-known character comedian Al St. John.

Contents: Fatty and Mabel adrift (1916) -- Oh, Doctor! (1917) -- The garage (1920) -- The boat (1921) -- Iron mule (1925) DVD 1314

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 5: Chaplin & Co.
The most celebrated figure of slapstick, Charles Chaplin has risen to become one of popular culture's most recognizable icons. This film salutes Chaplin with a pair of vintage, remastered Chaplin comedies, a rediscovered piece of footage in which he conducts an orchestra and a collection of comedies that explore the music hall roots of the British-born American master.

Contents: A night in the show (1915) -- Rare Chaplin snippet (1916) -- The Rink (1916) -- Live wires and love sparks (1916) -- He's in again (1918) -- Pie-eyed (1925) -- Only me (1929) Featuring: Charles Chaplin, Dee Lampton, Leo White, Bud Jamison, Henry Bergman, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Billie Ritchie, Billy West, Stan Laurel, Lupino Lane. Video/C 999:1902

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 6: Hal Roach's All-star Comedian
American slapstick may have germinated at Mack Sennett's, but Hal Roach Studios refined the form with more sophisticated and deliberately paced narratives, a style which allowed many of his stars to make successful transitions to sound. Presents five films including the rare feature "Big moments from little pictures," with Will Rogers.

Contents: Oranges and lemons (1923) -- Get out and get under (1920) -- Mightly like a moose (1926) -- Big moments from little pictures (1924) -- Haunted spooks (1920) DVD 1314

Awards & Honors
Mighty Like a Moose - National Film Registry Selection

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 6: Hal Roach the Lot of Fun
On the stages and backlots of the Hal Roach Studio, the ingredients of classic slapstick were refined with more sophisticated and gradually-paced narratives that allowed many of Roach's stars to make the difficult transition to sound films. From the late 1920's through the Depression, Laurel and Hardy were the jewel in the crown of the Hal Roach Studio. These seven films present excerpts and complete films of their great silent short comedies. Also included are the Our Gang comedy team (Dogs of war) and an early film of Will Rogers (Big moments from little pictures).

Contents: Lafftoons (Excerpts): Angora love; You're darn tootin'; Liberty; Battle of the century -- Get out and get under (1920) -- Dogs of War (1923) -- Big moments from little pictures (1924) -- Fluttering hearts (1927) -- Oranges and lemons (1923) -- It's a gift (1923) Featuring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Our Gang, Harold Lloyd, Will Rogers, Charley Chase, Snub Pollard, Katherine Grant, Marie Mosquini, Wallace Howe, Mark Jones. Video/C 999:1903

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 7: Hal Roach: The Lot of Fun
From the late 1920's through the Depression, Laurel and Hardy were the jewel in the crown of the Hal Roach Studio. These seven films present excerpts and complete films of their great silent short comedies and also includes the Our Gang comedy team in "Dogs of war."

Contents: Laurel and Hardy Lafftoons (Excerpts): Angora love; you're darn tootin'; Liberty; Battle of the century -- Dogs of war (1923) -- Fluttering hearts (1927) -- It's a gift (1923) DVD 1315

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 7: The Race Is On!
The daredevil spirit of the 1920's infected early comedy films as a reckless combination of plane, train, streetcar, motorcycle, horse and automobile chases presented side-splitting, breathtaking, white-knuckle art forms that even today are without parallel. Mack Sennett encapsulated the formula of his comedies as "Speed, pretty girls, and spectacular effects." Here are presented six films loaded with action, often quite elaborately produced in which every foil and gag sets another in motion until every prop in sight has been squeezed of comic potential.

Contents: Teddy at the throttle (1917) -- Circus today (1926) -- Water wagons (1926) -- Outbound (1924) -- Chasing choo choos (1927) -- Danger ahead (1926) Featuring: Bobby Vernon, Wallace Beery, Gloria Swanson, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, Madeline Hurlock, Sid Smith, Monty Banks, "Hairbreadth Harry" (Comic strip character) Video/C 999:1904

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 8: Chaplin and the Music Hall Tradition
The most celebrated figure of slapstick, Charles Chaplin has risen to become one of popular culture's most recognizable icons. This volume salutes Chaplin with a selection of comedies which explore the music hall roots of the British-born American master.

Contents: Night in the show (1915) -- Rare Chaplin snippet (1916) -- The Rink (1916) -- Live wires and love sparks (1916) -- He's in again (1918) -- Pie-eyed (1925) -- Only me (1929) DVD 1315

VHS Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 8: Tons of Fun: Comedy's Anarchic Fringe
By the 1920's, the mental and physical energy of hundreds of bright young men, women, children and chimpanzees was being focused on slapstick, and an avalanche of nonsense flowed out to theaters every week. This film focuses on six particularly madcap entries in the slapstick canon, produced at the smaller independent "fun factories," starring several master comedians who have yet to be awarded proper recognition.

Contents: Yukon Jake (1924) -- The Grocery clerk (1920) -- Three of a kind (1926) -- Dry and thirsty (1920) -- Family life (1924) -- Now you tell one (1926) Featuring: Ben Turpin, Larry Semon, Lucille Carlisle, Frank Alexander, Hillard Karr, Kewpie Ross, Billy Bletcher, Mark Jones, Ruth Hiatt, Charley Bowers. Video/C 999:1905

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 9: The Race Is On!
The daredevil spirit of the 1920's (presented here in 4 films) infected early comedy films as a reckless combination of plane, train, streetcar, motorcycle, horse and automobile chas

Contents: Water wagons (1925) -- Outbound (1924) -- Chasing choo-choos (1927) -- Danger ahead (1926) DVD 1316

DVD Slapstick Encyclopedia, Volumes 10: Tons of Fun: The Anarchic Fringe
This final volume focuses on six particularly chaotic entries in the slapstick canon, produced at the smaller independent "fun factories," starring master comedians who have yet to be awarded proper recognition.

Contents: Yukon Jake (1924) -- Three of a kind (1926) -- Dry and thirsty (1921) -- Family life (1924) -- Now you tell one (1926) -- Grocery clerk (1920) DVD 1316

1930-1939

Animal Crackers (1930)
Directed by Victor Neerman. Cast: The 4 Marx Brothers, Lillian Roth, Margaret Dumont. In this classic comedy, Groucho Marx stars as the immortal Captain Spaulding. The plot concerns a stolen painting, with the zany Marx Brothers quartet swinging into action to solve the mystery. 98 min. DVD 5581; DVD 82
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Another Fine Mess (1930)
Director: James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy keep running away from trouble, but it keeps finding them. This time they hide in an abandoned mansion owned by a big-game hunter. Includes rare home movie footage and photographs of the boys at work and play collected and narrated by Stan's daughter, Lois Laurel. DVD includes Another fine mess (restored black & white version, 1930, 28 min.) -- Another fine mess (computer-colour version) -- From soup to nuts / director, Edgar Kennedy (restored b&w version, 1928, 18 min.) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard (Another fine mess) ; Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin (From soup to nuts) 28 min. DVD X6729; DVD X306; vhs 999:1309
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Be Yourself! (1930)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Fannie Brice, Robert Armstrong, Harry Green, Gertrude Astor, Marjorie Kane. A nightclub singer falls in love with a boxer and becomes his trainer. When he becomes successful, will it be the beginning or the end for this lovestruck pair? 66 min. DVD 8364
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[Benchley, Robert]The Robert Benchley Miniatures Collection
A collection of short MGM films by humorist Robert Benchley, often cast in the form of parodies of instructional films or bogus lectures. Includes the Academy Award winning short How to Sleep. Disc 1. How to sleep (1935) ; How to behave (1936) ; How to train a dog (1936) ; How to vote (1936) ; How to be a detective (1936) ; Romance of digestion (1937) ; How to start the day (1937) ; Night at the movies (1937) ; How to figure income tax (1938) ; Music made simple (1938) Disc 2. Evening alone (1938) ; How to raise a baby (1938) ; Courtship of the newt (1938) ; How to read (1938) ; How to watch football (1938) ; Opening day (1938) ; How to sub-let (1939) ; Hour for lunch (1939) ; Dark magic (1939) Disc 3. Home early (1939) ; How to eat (1939) ; Day of rest (1939) ; See your doctor (1939) ; That inferior feeling (1940) ; Home movies (1940) ; My tomato (1943) ; No news is good news (1943) ; Important business (1944) ; Why Daddy? (1944) DVD X3298

Blotto (1930)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Tiny Sandford, Frank Holliday, Charlie Hall (Blotto) Blotto: Stan purloins his wife's secret bottle of liquor to have a wild night out at the Rainbow club with Ollie. However Mrs Laurel has replaced the booze with a noxious mixture of cold tea, mustard power and other hot ingredients. This doesn't prevent the boys from getting tipsy on the contents! DVD also contains La vida nocturna: Blotto in an extended Spanish language edition. 64 min. DVD X323
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Check and Double Check (1930)
Directed by Melville Brown. Cast: Freeman Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich. Cab drivers Amos 'n' Andy (characters from the radio show Amos 'n' Andy) contract to transport Duke Ellington and his band out to Blair estate, where they meet Richard Williams who is in love with Jean Blair. Richard must find the deed to his family property before he can marry Jean. Meanwhile, Amos 'n' Andy, after spending the night in a haunted house, find the deed. Notable as the only motion picture produced staring the radio comedy team, Amos n' Andy. 85 min. DVD X4918; vhs 999:793
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Feet First (1930)
Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Barbara Kent. "Ambitious shoe salesman, Harold, unknowingly meets the boss' daughter and tells her he is a leather tycoon. The rest of the film he spends hiding his true circumstances, in the store and later on a ship. Trying to deliver a letter, he later finds himself dangling high above the street on a building's scaffolding." [IMDB] 91 min. DVD 6208
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Free and Easy (1930)
Directed by Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Buster Keaton, Anita Page, Robert Montgomery, Trixie Friganza, Fred Niblo. Keaton departs with the newly crowned Miss Gopher City and heads for Hollywood determined to turn her into a star. 93 min. DVD 5437
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Hog Wild (1930)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Putting up a radio aerial requires a trip to the roof and several more down. 19 min. DVD X319; vhs 999:1307
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The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case(1930)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Fred Kelsey, Del Henderson, Tiny Sandford, Dorothy Granger. When Stanley's rich uncle Ebenezer Laurel dies, leaving a large estate Stan and Oliver arrive for the reading of the will, but then learn that Ebenezer was murdered, and that Stan, along with all the other relatives, is a prime suspect. DVD also includes Noche de duendes: The Laurel-Hardy murder case and Berth marks combined into a special Spanish-language edition, with Laurel & Hardy speaking their own dialogue. 30 min. DVD X6729; DVD X311
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Let Us Be Gay (1930)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Norma Shearer, Marie Dressler, Rod LaRoque, Gilbert Emery, Hedda Hopper, Sally Eilers. In this vintage comedy, Norma Shearer stars as dowdy housewife Katherine Brown, who dotes on her husband, Bob--until his mistress shows up and she decides to divorce him. After moving to Paris and reinventing herself as a sophisticated lady, Katharine is asked by a female friend to break up the relationship between the woman's granddaughter and her new love--who happens to be ex-hubby Bob! From the play by Rachel Crothers. 79 min. DVD X5547
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Sin Takes a Holiday(1930)
Directed by Paul L. Stein. Cast: Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone, ZaSu Pitts. "Divorce lawyer Gaylord Stanton, who leads a very active social life, has an affair with Grace Lanier, whose third husband is currently suing her for a divorce and has named Gaylord as corespondent. Annoyed at her flippant attitude, Gaylord proposes marriage to his secretary, Sylvia, under an arrangement whereby she is allowed to live wherever she likes. On her trip to Paris, suggested by Gaylord, she meets Durant, who persuades her to live in his villa near Paris and takes her to the beauty and modiste shops of the capital. Meanwhile, Gaylord tells Grace of his marriage, claiming his wife is an invalid confined to a sanitarium. Durant begs Sylvia to get a divorce and marry him; and disconcerted, she returns to Gaylord, whom she loves. Although she comes into conflict with Grace, Sylvia finds that he really does love her." [AFI Catalog] 88 min. DVD X5982
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Whoopee!(1930)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt, John Rutherford, Spencer Charters. A musical sparked by Cantor's performance as a hyper-hypochondriac. Out West, Henry Williams (Cantor) helps Sally flee her wedding, unaware that she has left a note behind saying they've eloped. Features some of Busby Berkeley's most fanciful choreography. 93 min. vhs 999:3734
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Baker, Aaron. "Ethnic Talk, Crazy Talk." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Goldman, Herbert G. Banjo eyes : Eddie Cantor and the birth of modern stardom / Herbert G. Goldman. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. (Music PN2287.C36 G66 1997)
Jenkins, Henry, III. "Shall we make it for New York or for distribution?": Eddie Cantor, "Whoopee," and regional resistance to the talkies." Cinema Journal, 1990, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p32-52, 21p UC users only
Most, Andrea. ""Big Chief Izzy Horowitz": Theatricality and Jewish Identity in the Wild West." American Jewish History 87.4 (1999) 313-341 UC users only
Musser, Charles. "Ethnicity, Role-Playing, and American Film Comedy: From Chinese Laundry Scene to Whoopee (1894-1930)." In: Unspeakable images : ethnicity and the American cinema / edited by Lester D. Friedman. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1991. (Ethnic Studies PN1995.9.M56 U57 1991)
Rogin, Michael. "Making America home: Racial masquerade and ethnic assimilation in the transition to talking pictures." Journal of American History; Dec92, Vol. 79 Issue 3, p1050-1077, 28p UC users only

Be Big! (1931)
Directed by James W. Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Anita Garvin, Isabelle Keith, Baldwin Cooke. The boys duck out on a vacation with their wives in order to attend a stag party at the lodge, but when the wives return home unexpectedly, they discover the deception and come after their husbands with shotguns. 28 min. DVD X6729; DVD 6016; DVD X323
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Beau Hunks(1931)
Directed by James W. Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charles Middleton, Tiny Sandford, James Horne. Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh discipline of the Commandant. On a long march to reinforce remote Fort Arid, the boys get lost in the sands, finally reaching the Fort only to find it besieged by the fearsome Riffs. 37 min. DVD X6729; DVD X309
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Chickens Come Home(1931)
Directed by James W. Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson, Patsy O'Byrne, Norma Drew. Every man has a past - With some little "Indiscretion" he would like to bury. Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have thirty or forty they would like to cremate. Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame tries to blackmail him with a old photo. Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer at bay incur the wrath of the shrewish Mrs Laurel who takes her revenge with an axe. 30 min. DVD X6729; DVD X313
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City Lights (1931)
Written, directed, and scored by Charles Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers. Considered by many to be his masterpiece, City lights presents the perfect balance of comedy and pathos that is Charlie Chaplin's trademark. The Little Tramp befriends a blind flower girl and tries to restore her sight. Includes Chaplin's own score. Cast: recorded digitally; Interview with composer-conductor Carl Davis; story notes and production data. 86 min. DVD 217; VHS 999:121
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A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Will Rogers, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Farnum, Myrna Loy. A radio man visits a spooky old house at night. There he briefly meets the strange inhabitants, including a mad scientist who tries to use radio waves to tune into the past. An accidental bang on the head sends the radio man back to King Arthur's Court. Based on Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. 95 min. Video/C 999:3867
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Kelly, Kathleen Coyne. "Will Rogers' pink spot : A Connecticut Yankee (1931)." In: Queer movie medievalisms / edited by Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Tison Pugh. Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 Q45 2009)
Rollins, Peter C. "Will Rogers: Symbolic Man, Journalist, and Film Image." Journal of Popular Culture; Mar1976, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p851-877, 27p UC users only

Platinum Blonde (1931)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Loretta Young, Robert Williams, Jean Harlow, Louise Closser Hale, Halliwell Hobbes, Reginald Owen, Edmund Breese, Don Dillaway, Walter Catlett. In this spoof of the New York City newspaper business during the Great Depression, Ann Schuyler, a wealthy socialite, meets reporter "Stew" Smith and the two fall madly in love. The comedy begins as she tries to transform him from a ruffian newsman into a convincing gentleman. Stew is slow to realize the dangers of being a kept man, but soon turns the social register upside down with his mocking repartee. 89 min. DVD X4177; vhs 999:2703
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Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)

Thicker Than Water (1931)
Directed by James Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Daphne Pollard, James Finlayson, Charlie Hall, Bess Flowers. Oliver's in trouble with his wife after missing a payment on their furniture, having given the money to Stanley, who used it instead to pay Mrs. Hardy for his room and board. While doing the dishes, Stanley convinces Oliver to withdraw the family savings and buy the furniture outright. But they accidentally squander it at an auction, purchasing a grandfather clock which gets smashed on the way home. 20 min. DVD X308
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Tonight or Never (1931)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Swanson, Warburton Gamble, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Boris Karloff, Alison Skipworth. An opera prima donna while on holiday in Venice with her elderly fiance, becomes intrigued with Fletcher, one of her admirers. One evening he manages to corner the heroine in her apartment, whereupon she becomes convinced that he's merely a gigolo interestd in her money. But Fletcher is in reality a representative of the Metropolitan Opera, determined to sign her to a contract. 80 min. DVD X3213; vhs 999:2632
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Monkey Business (1931)
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Cast: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx, Thelma Todd, Rockcliffe Fellowes, Ruth Hall, Harry Woods. The four Marx Brothers head for high seas hilarity in this classic film comedy. While hiding from the authorities on a luxury liner the quartet of stowaways become bodyguards to rival gangsters, with the usual hilarious results. 77 min. DVD 5581; DVD 3946 (PAL); vhs 999:1105
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Our Wife(1931)
Directed by James W. Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Jean 'Babe' London, James Finlayson, Charles Rogers, Blanche Payson, Ben Turpin. Oliver's plans to marry his hefty sweetheart go awry when the girl's father gets a load of her intended groom. They then elope in a tiny car much too small for their combined dimensions, not to mention the accompanying Stan. They find a Justice of the Peace to perform he ceremony, but the official's cross-eyed condition results in unintended consequences. 37 min. DVD X6729; DVD X308
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One Good Turn (1931)
Directed by James W. Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Mary Carr, Billy Gilbert, Snub Pollard. Stan and Ollie are down on their luck and beg at an old lady's house for food. While they are eating they overhear a villainous landlord (Finlayson) threatening to evict her if she does not pay the mortgage. Not realising that they are hearing a rehearsal for a play, the boys decide to auction their car to help. 20 min. DVD X308; vhs 999:1309
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Pardon Us! (1931)
Director, James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas, Walter Long, James Finlayson, Tiny Sandford, Charlie Hall. Pardon us: It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew to a policeman. In prison, Stan earns the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface and hide on a cotton plantation, but are recaptured when the warden happens by. Back in the big house, they find themselves in a hail of bullets, caught between the state militia and gun-toting prisoners, when The Tiger tries another escape. Their first full length talking picture. 65 min. DVD X324
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The Royal Bed (1931)
Director, Lowell Sherman. Cast: Lowell Sherman, Mary Astor, Anthony Bushell, Hugh Trevor. A hapless monarch lets his queen rule their small European nation, but when she takes off for a tour of the Americas, he must fend for himself. He is forced to decide how to respond when a revolution erupts, as well as when his daughter announces that she will not marry the crown prince, but a commoner. Adaptation of the play by Robert Emmett Sherwood. 73 min. DVD X4706
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The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins, George Barbier. A Viennese lieutenant is enamored of a freethinking all-girl-orchestra-leading cutie. But complications ensue when the sexually repressed princess of Flausenthurm sets her sights on him. Based upon "The Waltz Dream," by Leopold Jacobson and Felix Dormann and the novel "Nux der Prinzgemahl," by Hans Muller. 89 min. DVD 9412
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Windy Riley Goes Hollywood(1931)
Directed by Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Cast: Jack Shutta, Louise Brooks (in her first talking role) 18 min. DVD 1173

Beauty and the Boss (1932)
Directed by Roy del Ruth. Cast: Marian Marsh, David Manners, Warren William, Charles Butterworth, Frederick Kerr, Mary Doran, Robert Greig. "The Baron is a banker, in Vienna, who works at at very fast pace. He appreciates beautiful women, but fires the beautiful Miss Frey as he considers her a diversion to work. Susie sneaks into his office to apply for the job as the Baron's secretary. Since she is plain looking, as poor as a 'Church Mouse' and very fast at dictation, she gets the job. She keeps all the women away from the Baron so that he can concentrate on his work. In Paris, Miss Frey tells Susie the secret to being 'A Woman', and the little Church Mouse becomes a Lion." [IMDB] Based on the play Church mouse by Ladislaus Fodor 66 min. DVD X4708
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County Hospital (1932)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Stan's visit to Ollie, in the hospital with a broken leg, wrecks havoc on both Ollie and his doctor. Ordered out, Stan tried to drive Ollie home, unaware he's been injected with a powerful sedative. 19 min. DVD 6031; vhs 999:1307; also DVD X307 [PAL format]
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Helpmates (1932)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Blanche Payson, Robert Callahan. Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, Stanley manages to complete the job by the time Oliver leaves to pick up his wife at the train station. As a finishing touch, Stan decides to start a nice fire in the fireplace, using a can of gasoline to hurry the process along. 20 min. DVD X309; vhs 999:1307
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Horse Feathers (1932)
Directed by Norman McLeod. Cast: Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zep Marx; Thelma Todd, Florine McKinney, David Landau. Parody of college life with the fun-loving president of Huxley College wooing a floozie who is secretly trying to rig the big football game between Huxley and archrival Darwin U. 67 min. DVD 5581; DVD 81; VHS 999:404
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If I Had a Million (1932)
Directors: Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts, Norman McLeod, James Cruze, William A. Seiter, H. Bruce Humberstone; writers, Claude Binyon, Whitney Bolton, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, John Bright, Sidney Buchman, Lester Cole, Isable Dawn, Boyce DeGaw, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Harvey Gates, Grover Jones, Ernst Lubitsch, Lawton Mackall, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, William Slavens McNutt, Robert Sparks. Cast: Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, Jack Oakie, Richard Bennett, Charlie Ruggles, W.C. Fields. Wealthy John Glidden wants to give his money away to strangers rather than have his relatives fight over it. We see the effect the gifts have on many different sorts of individuals. DVD X5742
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Movie Crazy (1932)
Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings, Kenneth Thomson, Louise Closser Hale. Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures. After a mix-up with his application photograph, he gets an offer to have a screen-test, and goes off to Hollywood. At the studio, he does everything wrong and causes all sorts of trouble. But he catches the fancy of a beautiful actress, and eventually the studio owner recognizes him as a comic genius. 90 min. DVD 4683
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The Music Box(1932)
Directed by James Parrott. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. "The Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. have a challenging job on their hands (and backs): hauling a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen's house. Their task is complicated by a sassy nursemaid and, unbeknownst to them, the impatient Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen himself. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. Finally, the irate Professor explodes in fury to discover the "mechanical blunderbuss" in his home, not knowing it was a surprise birthday present from his wife." [http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0023251/plotsummary] Winner of 1932 Academy Award for Best Short Subject. 29 min. DVD X6729; DVD 6031; DVD X319; vhs 999:1308
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Academy Awards, USA - Best Short Subject, Comedy
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Bogdanovich, Peter. "Leo McCarey." In: Who the devil made it New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)
Gehring, Wes D. Leo McCarey from Marx to McCarthy. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
Directed by George Marshall and Raymond McCarey. Cast: Laurel and Hardy, Donald Dillaway, Jacquie Lyn, James Finlayson, Billy Gilbert, Charles Middleton, George Marshall, Richard Tucker, Grady Sutton. The boys' Army buddy, Eddie Smith, is killed in the trenches in France, leaving his baby girl an orphan. Back home after Armistice, they try to find Eddie's father and turn the child over to him. Unfortunately, they keep coming up with the wrong Smiths, and in the process disrupt a wedding by proclaiming the baby to be the groom's child. To evade the Welfare Association, they try to skip town, raising money for their escape by hocking their lunch wagon. But they accidentally knock the bank president unconscious and wind up being hunted down for bank robbery. DVD X320; vhs 999:3833
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The This is the Night (1932)
Directed by Frank Tuttle. Cast: Lily Damita, Charles Ruggles, Roland Young,Thelma Todd, Cary Grant. Stephen has signed a contract as a new Paramount player. He goes home to find his wife in the arms of a Parisian chap called Gerald. It all gets quite complicated, when Stephen falls in love with a woman, Germaine, who is hired to pose as Gerald's wife. Eventually, Stephen and his wife get back together, and Gerald falls for Germaine. The feature film debut of Cary Grant, 81 min. DVD X6034
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The Greeks Had a Word for Them (aka. Three Broadway Girls) (1932)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Madge Evans, Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, David Manners, Lowell Sherman, Phillips Smalley, Sidney Bracy. In this comedy a trio of money hungry women all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Set in the jazz age of the roaring twenties, each woman represents a different personality type, from sensitive, to kind-hearted, to difficult and untrustworthy. Re-filmed in 1953 as How to marry a millionaire. Based on the play by Zoe Akins. 80 min. DVD X6066
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Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Greig. When thief Gaston Monescu meets his true love in pickpocket Lily, they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet. But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women. Special features: Audio commentary by Lubitsch biographer Scott Eyman; new video introduction by Peter Bogdanovich; Lubitsch's 1917 short film "Das fidele Gefanges"; 1940 Screen Guild Theater radio program featuring Ernst Lubitsch, Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert and Basil Rathbone; tributes to Lubitsch written by Billy Wilder, Leonard Maltin, Cameron Crowe, Roger Ebert and others. 82 min. DVD 1579
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Beer and Pretzels (1933)
Directed by Jack Cummings. Cast: Ted Healy and his Stooges. "This is the second Three Stooges short and it's obvious that MGM Studios had no idea what to do with the boys. Part of this confusion may have been because the Stooges still were not the same lovable team we have all come to know. Instead, they were essentially the vaudeville team of Ted Healy and His Stooges--with the obnoxious and totally untalented and unlikable Healy as the front man. In real life, Healy was an alcoholic and bitter man--leading to his being beaten to death in a bar fight shortly after the Stooges decided to quit the act." [IMDB] 92 min. Supplementary short feature on DVD 6713
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Design for Living (1933)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn. Two freewheeling Americans sharing an apartment in Paris both fall in love with the same beautiful woman. When she can't make up her mind which one she prefers, she decides to move in with both of them in this romantic farce. Based on the play by Noel Coward. 91 min. DVD 4754
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Bombshell(1933)
Directed by Victor Fleming. Cast: Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan, Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien, Una Merkel, Ted Healy. Screen siren Lola Burns is fed up with the scandalous stories her publicist, Space Hanlon puts out, the endless arguments on the sets of her films and her family's constant drain on her money and peace of mind. Her attempts to get married, adopt a baby and quit the business altogether are constantly thwarted, unbeknownst to her, by Space, who is secretly in love with her. 96 min. DVD X7115; vhs 999:3816
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Beavers, Karen. "Everybody Has a Mammy: The Productive Discomfort of Louise Beavers' Movie Maids." Genders; 2010, Issue 52, p1-1, 1p
DiBattista, Maria. "Blonde Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)
Tremper, Ellen. "Double-peroxide, moving parts, and mobile mouths : movies of the 1930s." In: I'm no angel : the blonde in fiction and film / Ellen Tremper. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR868.B56 T74 2006)

Dinner at Eight (1933)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley, Phillips Holmes. Screen play by Frances Marion and Herman J. Mankiewicz. A Park Avenue snob gives a dinner party for a visiting English peer. Little does she realize that her shipping magnate husband is bankrupt and that her daughter is having an affair with an older man. 111 min. DVD 3637
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Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)

Doctor Bull (1933)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Will Rogers, Rochelle Hudson, Louise Dresser, Vera Allen, Andy Devine. An old-fashioned country doctor's affair with a widow bothers the townsfolk in the small town where he practices. When there is a mysterious outbreak of typhoid which the doctor is slow in reacting to, it all comes to a head. The townspeople hold an emergency meeting and decide to give Dr. Bull the sack and bring in a new doctor. Dr. Bull must find a way to save his job, his reputation, and a young man's life, whom all other practitioners have written off as a permanent invalid. Based on 'The Last Adam' by James Gould Cozzens. 79 min. DVD 9377
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Rollins, Peter C. "Will Rogers: Symbolic Man, Journalist, and Film Image." Journal of Popular Culture; Mar1976, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p851-877, 27p UC users only

Duck Soup (1933)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, Edgar Kennedy. As Prime Minister Firefly of Freedonia, Groucho soon reduces the kingdom to shambles. Harpo and Chico are secret agents disguised as peanut vendors and Zeppo is Firefly's secretary. 70 min. DVD 5581; DVD 80; VHS 999:128
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Bogdanovich, Peter. "Leo McCarey." In: Who the devil made it New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)
Gehring, Wes D. Leo McCarey from Marx to McCarthy. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)
Smith, Margaret. "Laughter, redemption, subversion in eight films by Leo McCarey." Cineaction, Summer/Fall 1990, Issue 21/22, p84-90, 7p
Wood, R. "From Ruggles to Rally; or, America, America! The strange career of Leo McCarey." Film International v. 5 no. 3 (2007) p. 30-4UC users only

I'm No Angel (1933)
Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold, Gregory Ratoff. The bold Tira works as a dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll put her head into the lion's mouth! With this attraction the circus makes it to New York and Tira can persue her dearest occupation: flirting with rich men. Among the guys she searches for the love of her life, from whom she only knows from a fortune-teller that he'll be rich and have black hair. When she finally meets him, she becomes a victim of intrigue. "West, more imposing than coquettish as Tira the Lion Tamer, wields physical presence like a boxer and sexuality like a gunslinger throughout the film. From her opening scene, where she's introduced to a carnival crowd as "the girl who discovered you don't need feet to be a dancer," until the end, when she gets her man (Cary Grant, 29 years old and looking about 14, as upstanding society fellow Jack Clayton), Tira owns the screen. It's not hard to imagine either why I'm No Angel, often considered the last film of pre-code Hollywood, was the breaking straw for the Hays Office, or why Depression-era audiences loved it so much. Tira violates conventions of race, class, and (of course) sex, and she goes entirely unpunished by the plot of the film. Instead, West, who took sole credit for the story, screenplay and dialogue, is careful to give herself the last laugh--the real currency of a film like this one--in every scene. In the climactic trial, she cross-examines much of her romantic history to prove, to a judge and jury with whom she flirts hilariously, that she's "no angel" but that she is, indisputably, a heroine. Here at SFist, we are hard pressed to think of a recent studio film in which a hypersexual female lead gets away with so much." [SFist site] 88 min. DVD 9686
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Tremper, Ellen. "Double-peroxide, moving parts, and mobile mouths : movies of the 1930s." In: I'm no angel : the blonde in fiction and film / Ellen Tremper. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR868.B56 T74 2006)

International House (1933)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: W.C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin, Sari Maritza, Col. Stoopnagle, Budd, Cab Calloway and his orchestra, Baby Rose Marie, Bela Lugosi. A zany scientist in China invents a radio you can see: television. Every country wants to buy the rights, so characters from around the world converge on China and collide into a free-wheeling double-dealing variety show. 108 min. DVD 4556; vhs 999:2209
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Lady for a Day (1933)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Warren William, May Robson, Guy Kibbee, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Walter Connolly, Jean Parker. Society matron, Mrs. E. Worthington Manville throws a party for Count Romero whose son is engaged to her daughter, Louise. The Count does not know that Mrs. Manville is really Apple Annie, a penniless fruit peddlar. Annie's best friend, a big shot gambler, helps her continue the charade. Based on the short story "Madame La Gimp" by Damon Runyon. 96 min. DVD X5663; vhs 999:2734
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The Lady Killer (1933)
Director Roy Del Ruth. Cast: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, Margaret Lindsay, Leslie Fenton, Douglas Dumbrille. Pre-Hays Code story of a New York thug who suddenly stumbles onto fame and fortune as an actor in Hollywood. His pictures are in all the fan magazines, his name is in marquee lights. Former con artist Dan Quigley's doing all right in the movie racket but if his criminal past catches up with him he could end up in the Big House. Special features: Commentary by film historian Dr. Drew Casper; Warner night at the movies 1933 short subjects gallery: movie retrospective short "The camera speaks," vintage newsreel, musical short "Kissing time," classic cartoon "The shanty where Santy Claus lives," trailers of "Lady killer" and 1933's "Footlight parade." 77 min. DVD X128
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The Little Giant (1933)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton, Shirley Grey. Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help. Special features: Commentary by historians Daniel Bubbeo and John McCarty; Warner Night at the Movies 1933 short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel; musical short "Use your imagination;" classic cartoon "The dish ran away with the spoon;" trailers. 75 min. DVD X510
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Me and My Pal (1933)
Directed by Lloyd French and Charles Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Blanche Payson, Robert Callahan. Oliver's house is in a shambles after a wild party, and his wife is due home at noon. He calls Stanley to help him fix the place up, and the typical catastrophies ensue. Somehow, however, Stanley manages to complete the job by the time Oliver leaves to pick up his wife at the train station. As a finishing touch, Stan decides to start a nice fire in the fireplace, using a can of gasoline to hurry the process along. 20 min. DVD X309; vhs 999:1307
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Plane Nuts(1933)
Directed by Jack Cummings. Featuring Ted Healy and The Three Stooges. Ted Healy and His Stooges alternate mildly risque vaudeville routines with semi-elaborate Berkeleyesque musical numbers with beautiful chorines. 20 min. Included on DVD 5730

Roman Scandals (1933)
Directed by Frank Tuttle. Original story by George S. Kaufman and Robert E. Sherwood. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold, David Manners. In this musical comedy a wistful young man from Oklahoma daydreams his way back to ancient Rome in its hey-day where he finds himself a spokesperson for the downtrodden Roman people, suffering under the tyrannical rule of the cruel and sneering Emperor Valerius. Features the screen debut of Lucille Ball and choreography by Busby Berkeley. 92 min. DVD X6483; vhs 999:2237
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Goldman, Herbert G. Banjo eyes : Eddie Cantor and the birth of modern stardom / Herbert G. Goldman. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. (Music PN2287.C36 G66 1997)
Malamud, Margaret. "An American Immigrant in Imperial Caesar's Court: Romans in 1930s Films." Arion Third Series, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall, 2004), pp. 127-159
Malamud, Margaret. "Swords-and-Scandals: Hollywood's Rome during the Great Depression." Arethusa, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 157-183, 2008 Winter
Routt, William D.; Thompson, Richard J. ""Keep Young and Beautiful": Surplus and Subversion in Roman Scandals." Journal of Film & Video, Spring90, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p17-35, 19p
Scodel, Ruth. "Dance as Power: The Women at the Baths in Roman Scandals." Helios, Fall2005, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p127-141, 15p

She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Directed by Lowell Sherman. Cast: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Noah Beery, Gilbert Roland. Mae West as Lady Lou, a toughlady with a heart of gold, who dallys with assorted beaus, becomes entangled in murder, saves a Bowery mission and still has enough energy left to belt out a tune or two! 65 min. DVD 9581; vhs 999:1691
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Beavers, Karen. "Everybody Has a Mammy: The Productive Discomfort of Louise Beavers' Movie Maids." Genders; 2010, Issue 52, p1-1, 1p
Rubin, Martin. "She Done Him Wrong and the Risen Woman." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Wojcik, Pamela Robertson. "Mae West's Maids: Race, 'Authenticity,' and the Discourse of Camp." In: Hop on pop : the politics and pleasures of popular culture / edited by Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson & Jane Shattuc. Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2002. (MAIN: E169.1 .H77 2002; MOFF: E169.1 .H77 2002)

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Sons of the Desert (1933)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Dorothy Cristy, Lucien Littlefield. The boys sneak off to a convention, telling their wives that Ollie requires a restful cruise to Hawaii to recuperate...but all is not peaceful when the suspicious wives discover the ship sank. 61 min. DVD X6729; DVD 6031; DVD X318
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Balcerzak, Scott. "Laurel and Hardy Queer the Fraternity: The Comedy Duo and Heterosexual Brotherhood in Sons of the Desert." Camera Obscura 25(1 73): 97-129 (2010) UC users only

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State Fair (1933)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres, Sally Eilers. At the Iowa State Fair, individual members of the Frake family find adventure, love, and heartbreak. Based on the novel State fair by Phil Stong. 96 min. DVD 813; vhs 999:3955
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What! No Beer? (1933)
Directed by Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Rosco Ates, Phyllis Barry, John Miljan, Henry Armetta, Edward Brophy, Charles Dunbar, Charles Giblyn. Two of comedy's greatest masters, Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, appear together in this effervescent and irreverent slapstick about a couple of regular guys trying to cash in on the end of Prohibition. 66 min. vhs 999:3947
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The Cat's Paw (1934)
Directed by Sam Taylor. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Una Merkel. Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade. 102 min. DVD 6208

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It Happened One Night (1934)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert. Colbert plays a runaway heiress and Gable is an unemployed journalist who helps her in the cross country flight via bus and by hitchhiking. 105 min. DVD 175; VHS 999:11
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Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Clark Gable); Best Actress (Claudette Colbert)
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Young, Kay. "Hollywood 1934: 'Inventing' Romantic Comedy." In: Look who's laughing : gender and comedy / edited by Gail Finney. Langhorne, Pa. : Gordon and Breach, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1922 .L66 1994)

It's a Gift (1934)
Directed by Norman McLeod. Cast: W.C. Fields, Baby LeRoy, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol, Julien Madison. W.C. Fields plays a hen-pecked husband who packs up his family and sets off across the country to a California orange plantation which he has purchased with the proceeds from his late uncle's will. 69 min. DVD 4556
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Kiss and Make Up(1934)
Directed by Harlan Thompson. Cast: Cary Grant, Genevieve Tobin, Helen Mack, Edward Everett Horton. Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful. He makes Eve Caron so satisfied with his skill that she leaves her husband and marries Maurice. On their honeymoon, her shallow behavior is more than he can handle so he bids adieu to his new bride and flies back to Paris with the intention of winning back the love of his simple, unadorned secretary, Anne. 77 min. DVD X2453
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Young, Kay. "Hollywood 1934: 'Inventing' Romantic Comedy." In: Look who's laughing : gender and comedy / edited by Gail Finney. Langhorne, Pa. : Gordon and Breach, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1922 .L66 1994)

March of the Wooden Soldiers (Babes in Toyland) (1934)
Directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Florence Roberts, Henry Kleinbach. Musical comedy with Laurel and Hardy in a story that takes them to Toyland where they try to pay off the mortgage on Widow Peep's shoe. 77 min. DVD 6015
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The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
Directed by William Beaudine. Cast: W.C. Fields, Baby Leroy, Joe Morrison, Judith Allen, Jack Mulhall. W.C. Fields is the Great McGonigle, manager of a theatrical troupe. Notorious for skipping out on bills and failing to pay actors, he next descends on a small town where he sets his sights on the hospitality of a wealthy widow. 72 min. DVD 7430
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Roast Beef and Movies(1934)
Directed by Sam Baerwitz. Featuring Ted Healy and The Three Stooges. A trio of amateur film makers try to persuade a group of studio executives to exhibit their new movie. 16 min. Included on DVD 5730
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Them Thar Hills(1934)
Director: Charley Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Charlie Hall, Billy Gilbert. Stan and Ollie take a trip into the mountains so that Ollie can recover from gout. Bootleggers have dumped their moonshine in the well from which the boys sample their 'healthy' mountain water. 20 min. DVD X307
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The Thin Man (1934)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell. The jaunty whodunit that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing. In this premier film they play a tipsy detective and his wife and dog who solve the murder of an eccentric inventor. 90 min. DVD 4154; vhs 999:405
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Castonguay, James. "Myrna Loy and William Powell: The Perfect Screen Couple." In: Glamour in a golden age : movie stars of the 1930s / edited by Adrienne L. McLean. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .G59 2011)

Thirty Day Princess(1934)
Directed by Marion Gering. Cast: Cary Grant, Sylvia Sidney, Edward Arnold, Henry Stephenson, Vince Barnett. Princess Caterina arrives in the U.S. and gets the mumps. A look-alike substitute, Nancy Lane, is found to take her place with Porter Madison (Cary Grant) when they go on a sleigh ride. Porter is a big newspaper publisher, Nancy a showgirl. They fall in love, but both think the object of their desire is out of their league. From a novel by Clarence Budington Kelland. 74 min. DVD X2453
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Twentieth Century (1934)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly. A temperamental Broadway producer trains an untutored actress, but when a star, she proves a match for him. 91 min. DVD 3839
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Young, Kay. "Hollywood 1934: 'Inventing' Romantic Comedy." In: Look who's laughing : gender and comedy / edited by Gail Finney. Langhorne, Pa. : Gordon and Breach, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1922 .L66 1994)

You're Telling Me! (1934)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton. Cast: W.C. Fields, Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Joan Marsh, Adrienne Ames, Louise Carter, Kathleen Howard, Tammany Young, Del Henderson, James B. "Pop" Kenton, Robert McKenzie, Nora Cecil, George Irving. Sam Bisbee is an inventor who is the laughingstock in his small town. After demonstrating another failed invention, he meets a princess who promises to use her celebrity to turn his luck around. 106 min. DVD 7430
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The Bride Comes Home (1935)
Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Robert Young, William Collier, Sr., Donald Meek, Edgar Kennedy . A penniless socialite is hired by two young men as a front in their plan to start a magazine. Soon, however, they find themselves more interested in her than in their publishing venture. 83 min. vhs 999:3953
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The Good Fairy (1935)
Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, Herbert Marshall, Frank Morgan, Beulah Bondi, Reginald Owen, Alan Hale, Cesar Romero. Young Louisa Ginglebusher is recruited from a local orphanage to become an usherette at a movie theater. Encouraged by her kindly guardian to spread her wings, Louisa decides to lead the life of a fairy tale angel & in her quest to do good she tries to redirect money from a rich playboy to a struggling lawyer. Adapted by Jane Hinton from the play by Ferenc Molnar. 97 min. DVD X3488
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Goin' To Town (1935)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Mae West, Paul Cavanagh, Gilbert Emery, Marjorie Gateson, Tito Coral. When her fiancee Buck Gonzales is killed, dance hall queen Cleo Borden inherits his wealth. Included are oil wells supervised by British engineer Carrington, whom Cleo sets out to win by becoming a "lady." She races her horse in Buenos Aires, gains social position by a loveless marriage to bankrupt Colton, and even sings in an opera. But when she meets Carrington again, he's become the Earl of Stratton... 81 min. DVD 9686
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Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)
Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Cast: W.C. Fields, Mary Brian, Kathleen Howard, Grady Sutton, Vera Lewis, Lucien Littlefield. Ambrose Wolfinger wants the afternoon off to go to a wrestling match. He tells his boss he needs to attend his mother-in-law's funeral. A series of mishaps lead his boss to send flowers to the house and notify papers of the death. 67 min. DVD 7430
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A Night at the Opera (1935)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Kitty Carlisle. A Marx Brothers comic masterpiece in which Groucho's hilarious business schemes bring Milan's finest opera stars to New York, with some unexpected stowaways on board - Harpo and Chico. The three of them create a near riot on the ship, a scandal in New York and an evening of insanity in the concert hall. Special DVD features: Commentary by Leonard Maltin; all new documentary "Remarks on Marx," Groucho Marx on the Hy Gardner Show (1961 broadcast) 2 vintage shorts: Sunday Night at the Trocadero and Robert Benchley's academy award winning How To Sleep; theatrical trailer. 87 min. DVD 2662; vhs 999:1106
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National Film Registry Selection

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Sammond, Nicholas; Mukerji, Chandra "'What You Are . . .I Wouldn’t Eat': Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Performing 'the Jew' in Hollywood’s Golden Age." In: Classic Hollywood, classic whiteness / Daniel Bernardi, editor. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M56 C59 2001)

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles, Zasu Pitts, Leila Hyams. A stuffy British butler, Marmaduke Ruggles, is traded in a poker game from an English Duke to a wealthy and rowdy American, Egbert Floud. Ruggles' new home is Red Gap, Washington, where he is introduced by Egbert as "Colonel" Ruggles. The town ladies are quite taken by the sophisticated servant in disguise as he enamors them with fictitious stories of battles gone by. Ruggles proves his newfound patriotism in one of the best scenes of the film, his recitation of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in the Silver Dollar Saloon. The dream of freedom leads him to open his own restaurant, where one of his first customers is the Duke, who has come to reclaim his former servant. 90 min. DVD X4206
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New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (Charles Laughton)

Bogdanovich, Peter. "Leo McCarey." In: Who the devil made it New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)
Gehring, Wes D. Leo McCarey from Marx to McCarthy. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)
O'Reilly, Jean. "A Case Study: Ruggles of Red Gap, Leo McCarey and Charles Laughton." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 2006. Vol. 23, Iss. 5; p. 407 UC users only
Smith, Margaret. "Laughter, redemption, subversion in eight films by Leo McCarey." Cineaction, Summer/Fall 1990, Issue 21/22, p84-90, 7p
Wood, R. "From Ruggles to Rally; or, America, America! The strange career of Leo McCarey." Film International v. 5 no. 3 (2007) p. 30-4UC users only

Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Director, George Cukor. Cast: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Edmund Gwenn, Brian Aherne, Natalie Paley, Dennie Moore. When her father runs afoul of the law in pre-War Paris, Sylvia disguises herself as a boy to aid in their escape. Afterwards they hook up with a fellow con-artist, and together become partners in crime but when Sylvia falls in love with a touring actor, the fact that she looks like a boy creates complications. 94 min. DVD 7602; vhs 999:3404
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Tit for Tat(1935)
Director: Charley Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Charlie Hall, Bobby Dunn. In this sequel to "Them thar hills" Stan and Ollie open an electric store next to a grocery owned by Charlie whom they encountered in Them Thar Hills. They go and visit to offer the hand of friendship, but the grocer soon becomes convinced that Ollie is trying to seduce his wife. The grocer takes his revenge first upon Stan & Ollie and then upon the goods in their shop. 20 min. DVD X307
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Watch the Birdie(1935)
Directed by Lloyd French. Cast: Bob Hope. "Watch the Birdie is the title of this early short comedy starring Bob Hope and Arline Dinintz which finds the couple on a cruise ship with her younger sister and parents. Bob's character is a practical joker with a lot of those early gag toys like the telescope that leaves the black eye, a snake springing out of a lighter, several squirt gun gags and of course his camera that you can "watch the birdie" (as one shoots out at the subject). The camera has a dual function in which you have to see the film to see how it adds to the fun. It's old fashioned humor from a more simpler time that will undoubtedly bore most younger fans. Notice the level of dress with suits and dresses and hats even at leisure on a cruise ship in the day. Bob's character asks later in the film what some higher ups are doing in a board room, to which his fiancée responds, "they're figuring out a way to solve the depression." He says, "oh, you mean they're going to give everybody money," and she astutely replies, "no, but they're going to make everybody forget that they haven't got it!" History might just be repeating itself today so go out and make it fun to smile for the camera." [IMDB] 18 min. Included on DVD 4255

Big Brown Eyes(1936)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon, Lloyd Nolan. A precocious newspaper reporter (Joan Bennett) and an unusually motivated detective (Cary Grant) take on a case of insurance fraud, hidden identities and murder! Based on the 'Liberty magazine' Stories 'Hahsit Babe' and 'Big Brown Eyes' by James Edward Grant. 77 min. DVD X2453
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The Bohemian Girl (1936)
Directed by James W. Horne and Charley Rogers. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Antonio Moreno, James Finlayson, Darla Hood, Thelma Todd. Based on the opera by Michael W. Balfe. Stan and Ollie play gypsies in Europe as it was centuries ago, earning their living by picking pockets. When they are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. Not knowing her true identity, Oliver, with the help of "Uncle" Stanley, raises the girl as his own. Years later, Arline, still unaware of her noble birth, is caught trespassing on the Count's grounds and is thrown into the dungeon. Just when Oliver needs his help to rescue Arline, Stanley gets drunk while siphoning wine into bottles. 71 min. DVD X6729; DVD X314
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The Gay Desperado (1936)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Nino Martini, Ida Lupino, Leo Carrillo, James Blakeley, Harold Huber, Mischa Auer. In this musical spoof lampooning gangster films a genial Mexican bandit gets nowhere until he and his amigos begin studying gangster techniques in Hollywood movies. Selecting kidnapping as his crime of choice, he snatches Chivo, an opera star and Jane, a troublesome heiress. He hopes to extract a huge ransom for the heiress's return, but Jane is more trouble than she's worth. All ends happily when the bandit engineers a romance between Chivo and Jane. 87 min. DVD X4329; vhs 999:2634
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Go West Young Man (1936)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Mae West, Warren William, Randolph Scott, Alice Brady, Elizabeth Patterson, Lyle Talbot, Jack LaRue, Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. Amorous movie star Mavis Arden gets involved with a politician despite her watchdog publicist Morgan. Planning to meet her beau again at the next stop on her personal appearance tour, Mavis is stranded at a remote rural boarding house, with a pretentious landlady, sensible old maid, rabid film fan waitress ... and a strapping young mechanic Bud Norton whom, to Mavis, is just the plaything of an idle hour... 80 min. DVD 9686
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Libeled Lady (1936)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Walter Connolly. It all starts when society diva Loy slaps newsman Tracy with a libel suit. Tracy enlists fiancée Harlow and down-on-his luck Powell in a counter maneuver involving a rigged marriage, a phony seduction, a fabulously funny fishing scene, fisticuffs, broken promises and hearts and eventually, true love for all. 98 min. DVD 3638
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Castonguay, James. "Myrna Loy and William Powell: The Perfect Screen Couple." In: Glamour in a golden age : movie stars of the 1930s / edited by Adrienne L. McLean. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .G59 2011)
DiBattista, Maria. "Blonde Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
DiBattista, Maria. "My Favorite Brunettes: Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Glitre, Kathrina. "Making marriage fun : Myrna Loy and William Powell." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G55 2006)
Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)
Tremper, Ellen. "Double-peroxide, moving parts, and mobile mouths : movies of the 1930s." In: I'm no angel : the blonde in fiction and film / Ellen Tremper. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR868.B56 T74 2006)

The Milky Way (1936)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Adolphe Menjou, Verree Teasdale, Helen Mack. Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's manager decides to build up the milkman's reputation in a series of fixed fights and then have the champ beat him to regain his title. 88 min. DVD 6208
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Bogdanovich, Peter. "Leo McCarey." In: Who the devil made it New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)
Gehring, Wes D. Leo McCarey from Marx to McCarthy. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P7 B58 1997)

Modern Times (1936)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Allan Garcia, Stanley Blystone, Dick Alexander, Cecil Reynolds, Myra McKinney. The Little Tramp is an oppressed assembly-line factory worker who is used as a guinea pig for his employer's test of a new "Automatic Feeding Machine". He battles it out with technology, unemployment, jail, burglars, demanding customers and bosses. In the midst of his tribulations, he meets up with the girl of his dreams, "The Gamin". They win some and lose more but, at the end, they walk undaunted into the sunrise. 103 min. DVD 1778; DVD 195; VHS 999:47
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My Man Godfrey (1936)
Directed by Gregory La Cava. Cast: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Jean Dixon, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray. A zany millionaire family invite a tramp to be their butler and find that he is richer than they are. 95 min. DVD 260; vhs 999:162
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National Film Registry Selection

Beach, Christopher. "Working Ladies and Forgotten Men: Class Divisions in Romantic Comedies, 1934-1937." In: Class, language and American film comedy Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. [full-text available online (UCB users only); print version: MAIN: PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002
Brigham, William. "Down and Out in Tinseltown: Hollywood Presents the Disposessed." In: Beyond the stars Vol 5. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1990. (Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990)
Fuller, Linda K. "From Tramps to Truth-Seekers: Images of the Homeless in Motion Pictures." In: Reading the homeless : the media's image of homeless culture / edited by Eungjun Min. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999. (Main Stack P96.H62.R43 1999)
Gallagher, Brian. "My Man Godfrey: Screwball Capitalism." Mid-Hudson Language Studies, vol. 5, pp. 137-149, 1982
Kahana, Jonathan. "The Forgotten Man; or, How Hollywood Invented Welfare." Camera Obscura, 2006; 21: 74 - 107. UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Forgotten Master: Gregory La Cava." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 44, pp. (no pagination), May 2004
"My Man Godfrey." Monthly Film Bulletin 3:25/36 (1936) p.152UC users only
Ryan, Michael. "Debating the New Deal: Gold Diggers of 1933 and My Man Godfrey." In: American visual cultures / edited by David Holloway and John Beck. London ; New York : Continuum Logo, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks)
Ryskind, Morrie; Hatch, Eric. "My Man Godfrey." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)
Winokur, Mark. "Improbable Ethnic Hero: William Powell and the Transformation of Ethnic Hollywood." Cinema Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Autumn, 1987), pp. 5-22 UC users only

"My Man Godfrey." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)

Our Relations(1936)
Directed by Harry Lachman. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Alan Hale, Daphne Pollard, James Finlayson, Sidney Toler. Double trouble for Oliver and his buddy Stanley, whose home lives have been peaceful and content until their seafaring adventurous identical brothers arrive. 73 min. DVD X310
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Poppy (1936)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: W.C. Fields, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Granville Bates, Catharine Doucet, Lynne Overman. W.C. Fields plays a charlatan who attempts to persuade an entire town that his daughter is actually heiress to an unclaimed fortune. 67 min. DVD 7430
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Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
Directed by Richard Boleslawski. Cast: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall, Elisabeth Risdon, Margaret McWade, Spring Byington, Nana Bryant, Henry Kolker, Leona Maricle, Robert Greig, Frederick Burton. A staid Connecticut town is scandalized when it discovers that the author of a sexually-explicit bestselling novel is actually a local girl. Based on an original story by Mary McCarthy. "Information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals that Columbia first submitted the script to the PCA in Mar 1936. However, the PCA rejected the script because it violated several tenets of the Code. In a letter to Harry Cohn, PCA president Joseph I. Breen details the various elements in violation of the Code: The heroine, Theodora, exemplifies "evil made to appear attractive" after she breaks up two marriages; all the "decent" and "church-going" characters are "made to appear ridiculous, stupid and silly" when compared with their city counterparts, who "indulg[e] in extra-marital activities, drunkenness and debauchery, [and] are made to appear attractive." A second revised script was submitted to the PCA in Apr 1936 and was met with approval." [AFI Catalog] 94 min. DVD X1853
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Wedding Present (1936)
Directed by Richard Wallace. Cast: Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, George Bancroft, Conrad Nagel, Gene Lockhart, William Demarest. When Charlie Mason is promoted from irresponsible reporter to hard-nosed city editor, it costs him his girlfriend, ace reporter Rusty Fleming. After he hears she's engaged to another, Charlie resigns and along with gangster friend Smiles Benson tries to win Rusty back before she marries the stuffy society author. Based on the story by Paul Gallico. 81 min. DVD X2453
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Wife vs. Secretary(1936)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, May Robson, George Barbier, James Stewart, Hobart Cavanaugh. Of course Linda Stanhope trusts her husband Van. Their marriage is based on love and respect. Who cares if Van's secretary has the face of an angel and the body of a chorus girl? Who says a blonde bombshell can't type and take dictation? But people are whispering. And when Linda calls Van's hotel room late at night during his solo business trip to Havana, guess who answers. Special features: Vintage musical short film "New shoes"; "Crime doesn't pay" short film ; The public pays ; Theatrical trailer. 87 min. DVD 5736
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The Awful Truth (1937)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy. Comedy in which a divorcing couple do their best to spoil each other's plans for remarriage and eventually wind up reconciling. 91 min. DVD 6534; DVD 6635; vhs 999:41
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Academy Awards - Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Day at the Races (1937)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan, Margaret Dumont. In this comedy Groucho is Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a veterinarian somehow put in charge of a sanitarium for wealthy hypocondriacs. When he gets involved with a demented duo from the racetrack - Harpo the jockey and Chico the tipster - Marxmania breaks loose and the sanitarium nearly collapses. Special DVD features: commentary by the Marx Brothers encyclopedia author Glenn Mitchell; all-new documentary "On your Marx, get set, go!," 4 vintage shorts: Robert Benchley's oscar-nominated A Night At the Movies and the cartoons Gallopin' Gals, Mama's New Hat and Old Smokey; audio-only treasures: musical outtake a Message From the Man in the Moon and Leo is On the Air radio promo; theatrical trailer.109 min. DVD 2661
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Double Wedding (1937)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Florence Rice, John Beal, Jessie Ralph, Edgar Kennedy. A bohemian painter butts heads with his girlfriend's sister, before they admit their feelings for each other. Special features: Musical short "Dancing on the ceiling"; classic cartoon "The hound and the rabbit"; theatrical trailer. 72 min. DVD 1367
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Castonguay, James. "Myrna Loy and William Powell: The Perfect Screen Couple." In: Glamour in a golden age : movie stars of the 1930s / edited by Adrienne L. McLean. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .G59 2011)
DiBattista, Maria. "My Favorite Brunettes: Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Glitre, Kathrina. "Making marriage fun : Myrna Loy and William Powell." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G55 2006)

It Happened in Hollywood(1937)
Director Harry Lachman. Cast: Fay Wray, Richard Dix, Victor Kilian, Franklin Pangborn. A comedy/drama about a silent-screen cowboy who can't quite adjust to talkies, the death of westerns or to playing a modern-day gangster. Then the desperate actor walks into a bank just as it's being robbed and gets into a shoot-out with the crooks and becomes a real-life hero. With his name in all the papers -- and Westerns once again a popular commodity -- the studio signs him up to a new contact, along with Gloria. Franklin Pangborn does one of his amusing turns in a bit part as a dialog coach. Features a host of doubles for many of the biggest stars of the day. Based on the book Once a hero by Myles Connolly. 67 min. DVD X2350
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Nothing Sacred (1937)
Directed by William Wellman. Cast: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger, Walter Connolly, Margaret Hamilton. Classic comedy about a hotshot reporter who exploits a Vermont girl's "imminent" death from radium poisoning for headline value in New York City. Based on a story by James H. Street. 100 min. DVD 324
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DiBattista, Maria. "Blonde Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Larson, Allen. "Movies and New Constructions of the American Star." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)

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Topper (1937)
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Cast: Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young. The funloving Kerbys, stockholders in the bank of which henpecked, stuffy Cosmo Topper is president, drive recklessly once too often and become ghosts. In limbo because they've never done either good or bad deeds, they decide to try a good one now: rehabilitating Topper. Lovely, flirtatious Marion takes a keen personal interest in the job. Will Topper survive the wrath of jealous ghost George? Will Mrs. Topper find that a scandalous husband isn't all bad? 97 min. DVD X3642
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Under Cover of Night (1937)
Directed by George B. Seitz. Cast: Edmund Lowe, Florence Rice, Nat Pendleton, Henry Daniell, Sara Haden, Dean Jagger. Four murders stun a university campus. Which college professor is committing murder in order to gain a coveted position? Detective Christopher "Criss" Cross follows each baffling clue to trap the criminal.70 min. vhs 999:3937
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Way Out West (1937)
Directed by James Horne. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Sharon Lynne, Rosina Lawrence, Stanley Fields, Chill Wills. Desert prospectors search for the daughter of a late friend who had struck it rich before his death. Also features a 1932 Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts short entitle Red Noses. 86 min. DVD X6729; DVD X308; vhs 999:84
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Gehring, Wes D. "Everyone's Going West." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999

Block-heads (1938)
Directed by John G. Blystone. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert, Patricia Ellis, James Finlayson, Minna Gombell. It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to visit Stan at the Soldier's Home. Thinking Stan is disabled (it's just that he's sitting on his leg), Oliver takes pity on him and takes him home for a nice home-cooked meal. But Oliver's wife has other ideas and leaves him to fend for himself. After blowing up the kitchen, Oliver is helped by his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Gilbert... until the big-game hunting Mr. Gilbert comes home unexpectedly, carrying a shotgun. 148 min. DVD X312
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Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Fritz Feld. Crazy comedy about an heiress who is determined to catch a stuffy zoologist, and uses her pet leopard, Baby, to help get his attention. 102 min. DVD 3636; vhs 999:885
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National Film Registry Selection

Give Me a Sailor (1938)
Directed by Elliott Nugent. Cast: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Jack Whiting, Clarence Kolb, J.C. Nugent. A comedy about mixed-up relationships. Jim and Walter are two brother sailors in the United States Navy. Walter tells Jim as soon as they get home he is going to ask his beautiful girlfriend, Nancy Larkin to marry him. But Jim is also in love with Nancy so he begs Nancy's ugly duckling sister, Letty to help break Walter and Nancy up. Letty agrees only under one condition, he help her to win Walter! 78 min. 999:3850
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Gehring, Wes D. "The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope ... And Disciple Woody Allen." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999

The Great Library Misery (1938)
Directed by Lloyd French. Comedy short. A man desiring to join the Grouch Club describes the terrible experience of trying to check out a book from a public library. 12 min. Supplementary feature on DVD 3509
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Holiday (1938)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Edward Everett Horton. In love with a socially prominent (& rich) Julie Seton, the more Johnny finds out about her aspirations for him, the more he becomes attracted to her noncomformist sister Linda. 94 min. DVD 6635; vhs 999:653
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Little Rascals (1938-1944)
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Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Directed by George B. Seitz. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Ann Rutherford. The big Christmas dance is coming, and Andy has made dates with both his steady girlfriend Polly and the voluptuous Cynthia. Andy's younger next door neighbor Betsy also begins to fall in love with him. Special features: introduction by Garland biographer John Fricke with Ann Rutherford; "Leo is on the air" radio promo; Andy Hardy trailer gallery. 92 min. DVD X2719
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DeCroix, Rick. "'Once upon a Time in Idealized America …': Simulated Utopia and the Hardy Family Series." In: Cultural power/cultural literacy : selected papers from the Fourteenth Annual Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film / edited by Bonnie Braendlin. Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film (14th : 1989) Tallahassee : Florida State University Press ; Gainesville, FL : Orders to University Presses of Florida, c1991.
Dennis, Jeffery P. "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy: The Rise of the Heterosexual Male Teenager." Genders, vol. 41, pp. 47 paragraphs, 2005 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 F57 1989 )

Room Service (1938)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Cast: the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico), Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Frank Albertson. In this Marx Brothers comedy a phony broke Broadway producer and his entourage try to avoid being evicted from their hotel room. Special DVD features: Side A: vintage shorts: Party Fever and classic cartoon The Daffy Doc, theatrical trailer. Side B: vintage shorts: Dog Daze and classic cartoon Jitterbug Follies, theatrical trailer. 78 min. DVD 2665
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Swiss Miss (1938)
Director, John G. Blystone. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Eric Blore, Charles Judels. Mousetrap salesmen in Switzerland can't pay their dinner bill and end up working for the hotel to pay their expenses. The climax finds them moving a piano up a narrow Alpine trail over a swinging bridge where they meet a gorilla. 77 min. DVD X322; vhs 999:3831
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You Can't Take it With You (1938)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller. The antics of an eccentric family and the evils of big business come to the fore in this comedy. The hilarity hits fever pitch when the daughter in this wacky family falls for a rich young man and brings him home. An Oscar winner for best picture and best director. 126 min. DVD 7188
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director

At the Circus(1939)
Director, Edward Buzzell. Cast: The Marx Brothers, Kenny Baker, Florence Rice, Eve Arden, Margaret Dumont, Nat Pendleton. The brothers try to keep the cash-strapped circus running by finding a backer. 87 min. DVD 2665
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Flying Deuces (1939)
Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker, Reginald Gardiner, Charles Middleton, James Finlayson. Complications arise as Stan and Ollie join the Foreign Legion to help Ollie forget his troubled romantic past. Fast-paced good comedy has Ollie ending up reincarnated as a mule. 69 min. DVD 2825
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The Girl From Mexico (1939)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Donald Woods, Leon Errol, Linda Hayes, Donald McBride. In the first entry of a long-running series for RKO, Carmelita Fuentes is a fiery-Latin singer/dancer in Mexico City who has designs on Dennis Lindsay, an American publicity agent. Lindsay's shiftless uncle aids and abets her every step of the way to the marriage altar. 71 min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

Midnight
(1939)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, Elaine Barrie, Hedda Hopper, Rex O'Malley, Monty Woolley. A penniless showgirl, impersonating a Hungarian countess, quickly adapts to her new lifestyle with the help of an aristocrat. But she finds herself from falling in love with yet another poor man. Based on a story by Edwin Justus Mayer and Franz Schulz. 95 min.. DVD X3334
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
"My Jolly Corner: Guy Maddin on Midnight (1939)." Film Comment 41:2 (March-April 2005) Go to Journal Issue p. 8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
(1939)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn. A small town poet inherits $20,000,000 from his uncle and wants to give it away to people who need help. However, moochers, relatives, lawyers and executives who want to get a piece of the action attempt to have the poet incarcerated in a mental hospital. 115 min. DVD 1778; DVD 7188; DVD DVD 171; vhs 999:820
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

Ninotchka (1939)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Melvyn Douglas, Greta Garbo, Ina Claire. A comedy in which a dour Soviet official (Garbo) comes to Paris on business involving the sale of some czarist jewels. Business soon turns to pleasure, however, as she discovers the special magic of Paris and finds herself succumbing to the charms of a suave Frenchman (Douglas). Inevitably, Ninotchka must choose between love and duty. 108 min. DVD 4284
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
Directed by George Marshall. Cast: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Rochester Mortimer Snerd, Constance Moore, John Arledge, James Bush, Thurston Hall. Whipsnade's circus is the greatest show on earth, for keeping ahead of the sheriff. When luck runs thin, he races elephants and wagons to the state line. 79 min. DVD 4556
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1940-1949

Arise, My Love (1940)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen; screenplay, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder. Cast:Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe. Love story of pilot Tom Martin and lady reporter Augusta Nash, who meet in the latter days of the Spanish Civil War and follows them through the early days of World War II. 90 min. DVD X7200
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Bank Dick (1940)
Directed by Eddie Cline. Cast: W.C. Fields, Una Merkel, Cora Witherspoon, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, Grady Sulton. Egbert Souse accidently foils a bank robbery and is hired as a bank guard. 73 min. DVD 4556; also DVD 291
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

W.C. Fields bibliography

[Benchley, Robert]The Robert Benchley Miniatures Collection
A collection of short MGM films by humorist Robert Benchley, often cast in the form of parodies of instructional films or bogus lectures. Includes the Academy Award winning short How to Sleep. Disc 1. How to sleep (1935) ; How to behave (1936) ; How to train a dog (1936) ; How to vote (1936) ; How to be a detective (1936) ; Romance of digestion (1937) ; How to start the day (1937) ; Night at the movies (1937) ; How to figure income tax (1938) ; Music made simple (1938) Disc 2. Evening alone (1938) ; How to raise a baby (1938) ; Courtship of the newt (1938) ; How to read (1938) ; How to watch football (1938) ; Opening day (1938) ; How to sub-let (1939) ; Hour for lunch (1939) ; Dark magic (1939) Disc 3. Home early (1939) ; How to eat (1939) ; Day of rest (1939) ; See your doctor (1939) ; That inferior feeling (1940) ; Home movies (1940) ; My tomato (1943) ; No news is good news (1943) ; Important business (1944) ; Why Daddy? (1944) DVD X3298

Christmas in July (1940)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn, Alexander Carr, William Demarest, Ernest Truex, Franklin Pangborn. A go-getter clerk in a coffee company is fooled into thinking he has won a fortune. 67 min. DVD 6592
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"Christmas in July." In: Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S84 1985)

A Chump at Oxford(1940)
Directed by Alfred Goulding. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Wilfred Lucas, Forbes Murray. Street sweepers Stan and Ollie thwart a bank holdup and are rewarded with an education at Oxford. There, a bump on the head resulting in amnesia gives Stan an ironic alter identity and Ollie becomes his resentful butler. 68 min. DVD X306; vhs 999:3832
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Laurel & Hardy bibliography

Comrade X (1940)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oscar Homolka, Felix Bressart, Eve Arden. When the Russian chief of police tells Moscow's foreign correspondents that one of them is the anonymous writer Comrade X, it doesn't worry American reporter McKinley Thompson. He's positive no one would know it's him until Vanya, his bumbling valet, finds his secret camera. Threatening to reveal his identity, Vanya blackmails McKinley into taking his revolutionist daughter out of Russia before she is executed. All he has to do is lure the diehard Communist from the country she loves, get her to marry him and live in Brooklyn. 90 min. DVD X3155; vhs 999:3526
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Dance, Girl, Dance(1940)
Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Carlisle, Katharine Alexander, Edward Brophy, Walter Abel, Harold Huber, Maria Ouspenskaya. Bubbles loves to dance. But she also likes to eat. Her friend Judy may choose to suffer for her art, but not Bubbles. She swaps her ballet shoes for a G-string-- and turns patrons' fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White. Vintage comedy short "Just a cute kid"; classic cartoon "Malibu Beach party." 89 min. DVD 8232
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Dorothy Arzner bibliography

The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick, Edmund Gwenn, Georges Metaxa. June Cameron is an independent career woman and writer who hates marriage, detests dominating males, and is delighted about her latest bestseller, "Spinsters aren't spinach." Dr. Timothy Sterling, a medical college instructor, is an intelligent man who would just as soon discuss physiological jargon as talk about love. When they first meet, it's dislike at first sight. Based on the story by Aleen Leslie.89 min. DVD X1853
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Down Argentine Way (1940)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Cast: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, J. Carroll Naish, Henry Stephenson, Katharine (Kay) Aldridge, Leonid Kinskey, Chris-Pin Martin, Nicholas Brothers. A musical romance about Glenda, a rich New Yorker who collects fine horses and Ricardo, an Argentine rancher renowned for his prize jumpers. Their families have been feuding for years so they have to conduct a Romeo and Juliet romance. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by film historian Sylvia Stoddard; featurette "Betty Grable: behind the pin-up"; photo gallery; 4 lobby cards; theatrical trailer; trailer for Betty Grable film "The Dolly sisters." 88 min. DVD 7485
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
O'Nell, Brian. "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame and Bananas." In: Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community / edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 L36245 2005; Chicano Studies HQ1050 .L287 2005) USE ONLY
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Swanson, Philip. "Going Down on Good Neighbours: Imagining América in Hollywood Movies of the 1930s and 1940s (Flying Down to Rio and Down Argentine Way)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Jan2010, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p71-84, 14p; UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

Go West (1940)
Directed by Edward Buzzell. Cast: Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx, John Carroll, Diana Lewis, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey, Margaret Dumont, Douglass Dumbrille. It's 1870 and the Marx Brothers are out to get rich in Dead Man's Gulch. Highlights include the $1 scam, the stagecoach ride, Chico and Harpo bellying up to the bar and the train-chase finale. Special features: Side A: vintage shorts: Pete Smith specialty Quicker 'n a wink; Fitzpatrick traveltalk, Cavalcade of San Francisco; the cartoon, The milky way; Leo is on the air radio promo. Side B: vintage short Flicker memories and vintage cartoon Officer Pooch, audio musical; outtake: Where there's music; Theatrical trailers. 163 min. DVD 2664
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Gehring, Wes D. "Everyone's Going West." In: Parody as film genre : "never give a saga an even break". / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999

Marx Brothers bibliography

Great Dictator (1940)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Henry Daniell. Chaplin plays the dual role of a persecuted Jewish barber as well as Adenoid Hynkel, dictator of Tomania. 126 min. DVD 1781; DVD 243; VHS 999:44
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Awards & Honors
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor
National Film Registry Selection

The Great McGinty (1940)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff. In this comedy Dan McGinty is a hungry hobo who wows the ballot-stuffers by voting 37 times in an election for mayor. He immediately becomes the protege of a political boss. The boss guides and schemes McGinty to alderman, mayor and ultimately governor. McGinty flees the country and winds up as a bartender in a seedy Central American dive where the tale has a gleeful surprise ending. 82 min. DVD 6582; vhs 999:810
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"The Great McGinty." In: Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S84 1985)

His Girl Friday (1940)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mark, Porter Hall. A re-make of "The Front Page" with the main character as a woman reporter (Rosalind Russell). The editor (also her ex-husband, Cary Grant) wants his top reporter to cover the impending execution of a murderer rather than get married and leave the job. 92 min. DVD 240; DVD 6635; VHS 999:334
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

I Love You Again (1940)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe. A bump on the head reminds a boring husband he was once a con-man, and he sets out to win back his disillusioned wife. Special features: "Crime doesn't pay" series short "Jackpot"; classic cartoon "Tom Turkey and his Harmonica Humdingers"; theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD 9066
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Castonguay, James. "Myrna Loy and William Powell: The Perfect Screen Couple." In: Glamour in a golden age : movie stars of the 1930s / edited by Adrienne L. McLean. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .G59 2011)
DiBattista, Maria. "My Favorite Brunettes: Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Glitre, Kathrina. "Making marriage fun : Myrna Loy and William Powell." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G55 2006)

Mexican Spitfire (1940)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Donald Woods, Linda Hayes, Elisabeth Risdon, Cecil Kellaway, Charles Coleman. Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to break up their marriage. 67 min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

Mexican Spitfire Out West(1940)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Donald Woods. Dennis heads west to work on an important business deal minus the Mexican Spitfire, Carmelita. His hot-tempered spouse decides to surprise him, but ends up as the surprised one when she sees him with another woman. Instead of a second honeymoon, Carmelita begins divorce proceedings. 76 min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

My Favorite Wife (1940)
Directed by Garson Kanin. Cast: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick. A funny thing happens to Nick on his way to his honeymoon suite. He meets his wife. No, not his bride. He meets the wife that was lost at sea seven years ago and presumed dead. Special features: Vintage Robert Benchley; short home movies; December 7, 1950 Screen Director's Playhouse Radio Production starring Grant and Dunne; theatrical trailer. 88 min. DVD 8217
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Greene, Jane M. "A Proper Dash of Spice: Screwball Comedy and the Production Code." Journal of Film & Video, Fall2011, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p45-63, 19p UC users only

My Little Chickadee (1940)
Directed by Eddie Cline. Cast: Mae West, W.C. Fields, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek. Voluptuous Flowerbelle Lee is run out of Little Bend after suspicions arise that she's connected to the Masked Bandit. Forced to leave town until she can prove she is respectable -- and married --Flowerbelle meets con man Cuthbert J. Twillie and pretends to marry him. Jeff Badger, the town boss, names Cuthbert J. Twillie the town sheriff when Twillie and Flowerbelle arrive in Greasewood city. 91 min. DVD 9686; DVD 4556; vhs 999:615
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Mae West bibliography

Gehring, Wes D. "Everyone's Going West." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999

W.C. Fields bibliography

Philadelphia Story (1940)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, Roland Young. A strong-willed Philadelphia woman finds the plans for her second marriage going awry when her first husband turns up. 112 min. DVD 291; VHS 999:32
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards, - Best Actor (James Stewart)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
National Film Registry Selection

Remember the Night (1940)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen; screenplay, Preston Sturges. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway. Lee Leander is arrested during the Christmas holidays for shoplifting. Assistant District Attorney John Sargeant is assigned to prosecute her. As it is Christmas time he postpones the trial and arranges for her bail. Discovering that she is a fellow Hoosier from Indiana, he offers to drop her off at her mother's on his way to visit his mother. 90 min. DVD X7199
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Road to Singapore (1940)
Directed by Hal Walker. Cast: Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett, Anthony Quinn, Jerry Colonna. When junior shipping mogul Josh Mallon comes too close to getting hitched, he and his best buddy Ace Lannigan run to the furthest point they can find on a map --Singapore. The first of the famous "Road" pictures starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as a team of irrepressible bachelors, the scenery includes Dorothy Lamour as the beautiful live-in housekeeper they bring home. Special features: Documentary, "Bob Hope and the road to success" ; documentary, "Entertaining the troops" ; "Sweet potato piper" sing-along ; photograph gallery ; theatrical trailer; production notes; cast and filmakers' biographies ; scene selections. 86 min. DVD X1030
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Cohan, Steven. "Queering the Deal: On the Road with Hope and Crosby." In: Out Takes: Essays on Queer Theory and Film / edited by Ellis Hanson. pp: 23-45. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 1999. Series Q (Main Stack PN1995.9.H55.O88 1999)
Gehring, Wes D. "The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope ... And Disciple Woody Allen." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999
Mielke, Randall G. Road to box office : the seven film comedies of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour, 1940-1962 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1997. (PFA : PN2287.C76 M53 1997)

Saps at Sea (1940)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Finlayson, Charlie Hall. Stan and Ollie rent a boat to rest Ollie's shattered nerves (they test horns in a horn factory!) but a notorious gangster stows away and complicates matters! 62 min. DVD X6729; DVD X316; vhs 999:3785
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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut. Set in pre-World War II Budapest, two bickering co-workers in a gift shop don't realize they're lonelyhearts penpals known only to each other as "Dear friend." 99 min. DVD 1649
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Ernst Lubitsch bibliography

Susan and God (1940)
Directed by George Cukor. Screenplay by Anita Loos. Cast: Joan Crawford, Frederic March, John Carroll, Rita Hayworth, Ruth Hussey, Nigel Bruce. Wealthy, impulsive Susan Trexel undergoes a religious conversion, one undoubtedly destined to last as long as this season's hemline length. In the meantime, Susan insists everyone around her - including her neglected husband and child - alter their lives (and loves) to conform to her latest whim. 117 min. DVD X6462
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Ball of Fire (1941)
Directed by Howard Hawks. From an original story by Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe. Cast: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oscar Homolka, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea, Henry Travers, S.Z. Sakall, Tully Marshall, Allen Jenkins. When a serious-minded professor and his high brow colleagues begin work on a new encyclopedia, the professor enlists the aid of a beautiful but shady night club queen to explain slang, unaware that she is on the run from the mob. 112 min. DVD X5747; vhs 999:3279
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The Big Store (1941)
Directed by Charles Riesner. Cast: Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx, John Carroll, Diana Lewis, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey, Margaret Dumont, Douglass Dumbrille. The brothers reduce an enormous inventory of upscale merchandise into a multilevel disaster as they pursue and evade villains via bicycles, skates, unicycles, broad jumps, shipping chutes, elevator cables, high wires, pole vaults and pseudo-Tarzan chandelier swinging. Special features: Side A: vintage shorts: Pete Smith specialty Quicker 'n a wink; Fitzpatrick traveltalk, Cavalcade of San Francisco; the cartoon, The milky way; Leo is on the air radio promo. Side B: vintage short Flicker memories and vintage cartoon Officer Pooch, audio musical; outtake: Where there's music; Theatrical trailers. 83 min. DVD 2664
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Marx Brothers bibliography

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Directed by Sam Wood. Cast: Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn, S. Z. Sakall, Spring Byington. J.P. Merric, the richest man in the world, a tyrannical department store tycoon, nicknamed "the devil" by his maltreated employees, meets Miss Jones and becomes a perfect angel. Hoping to root out labor discontent, J.P. goes underground posing as a shoe salesman in his own store. 92 min. vhs 999:3609
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Rogin, Michael. "How the Working Class Saved Capitalism: The New Labor History and the Devil and Miss Jones." Journal of American History, Jun2002, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p87-114, 28p UC users only
Moran, Kathleen. "Afterward." (comments on article by M. Rogin) Journal of American History; Jun2002, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p115-118, 4p, UC users only

The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, John Payne, Cesar Romero, The Four Ink Spots, James Newill, the Nicholas Brothers, the Wiere Brothers. After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she moves on after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together again. Special features: Radio waves: the real history of The great American broadcast featurette ; restoration comparison ; original theatrical trailer ; advertising gallery ; still gallery. 91 min. DVD X406
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Great Guns (1941)
Directed by Monty Banks. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sheila Ryan, Dick Nelson, Edmund MacDonald,Charles Towbridge. Laurel & Hardy play a chauffeur and a gardener whose hypochondriac employer, a wealthy young man with little experience, is drafted. Convinced that he needs them in order to survive in the service, they join up as well. The Texas cavalry post to which they're all assigned is made far worse for the wear by the presence of these well-meaning troublemakers. 73 min. DVD 5662
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Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Cast: Ole Olsen (Ole), Chic Johnson (Chic), Martha Raye (Betty Johnson), Hugh Herbert (Quimby), Jane Frazee (Kitty Rand), Mischa Auer (Pepi), Robert Paige (Jeff Hunter), Richard Lane (the director), Lewis Howard (Woody Taylor), Clarence Kolb (Andrew Rand), Elisha Cook, Jr. (Harry Selby), Shemp Howard (Louie), Harlem Congeroo Dancers (i.e. Congaroos) [including Ann Johnson and Frankie Manning], Olive Hatch Water Ballet, others. Musical combining lighthearted romance with slapstick comedy by Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, and others. Includes swing dancing; a water ballet; and the lindy hop, performed by African-American dancers and musicians costumed in uniforms of various service professions. The closing show-within-a-show sequence includes a semi-serious waltz ballet, a dog act, the production number "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," and a conga finale. 84 min. DVD X393; vhs 999:3767
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Elkins, Evan. " Hellzapoppin'." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 382-384, 2010 Oct UC users only
Fearnow, Mark. "Chaos and Cruelty in the Theatrical Space: Horse Eats Hat, Hellzapoppin', and the Pleasure of Farce in Depression America." Journal of American Drama and Theatre, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 5-20, 1992 Spring

It Started with Eve (1941)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee, Margaret Tallichet, Catherine Doucet. "A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father's last moments happy. However, the old man's health takes a turn for the better and now his son doesn't know how to break the news that he's engaged to someone else, especially since his father is so taken with the impostor." [IMDB] 90 min. DVD 3886
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Lady Eve (1941)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn. Lady Eve (Barbara Stanwyck), a calculating card shark, falls for one of her victims, a young millionaire (Henry Fonda). When he finds out that she has been giving him a fast shuffle his fondness fades but she works hard to win him back. 93 min. DVD 864; DVD 6592
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"The Lady Eve." In: Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S84 1985)

Love Crazy (1941)
Directed by Pandro S. Berman. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick, Jack Carson, Florence Bates, Sidney Blackmer. When Steve's mother-in-law convinces his wife that he is cheating on her, she files for divorce. Steve has one solution to save his marriage ... he pretends to be crazy to delay divorce proceedings. Special features: Classic cartoon "The alley cat"; audio-only bonus: radio adaptation with William Powell; theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD 9066
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Castonguay, James. "Myrna Loy and William Powell: The Perfect Screen Couple." In: Glamour in a golden age : movie stars of the 1930s / edited by Adrienne L. McLean. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .G59 2011)
DiBattista, Maria. "My Favorite Brunettes: Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert." In: Fast-talking dames / Maria DiBattista. New Haven : Yale University Press, c2001. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 D53 2001)
Glitre, Kathrina. "Making marriage fun : Myrna Loy and William Powell." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G55 2006)
Greene, Jane M. "A Proper Dash of Spice: Screwball Comedy and the Production Code." Journal of Film & Video, Fall2011, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p45-63, 19p UC users only

Mexican Spitfire's Baby(1941)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, ZaSu Pitts, Elisabeth Risdon, Fritz Feld. Carmelita and Dennis decide to acquire a French war baby. Uncle Matt wants to help but unfortunately, he does not state which war and the "orphan" turns out to be from WWI ... Fifi who is in her twenties. More trouble brews when Fifi's boyfriend Pierre comes looking for her. 69 min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond, Jack Carson, Philip Merivale, Lucile Watson. Because of a legal hitch, a young couple discover thattheir marriage is void. The couple separate and decide to give single life a go, reluctantly on the husband's part, as he hopes to win his "un-wife" back. 95 min. DVD X1049; vhs 999:2545
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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
Directed by Edward F. Cline. Cast: W.C. Fields, Gloria Jean, Leon Errol, Butch & Buddy, Susan Miller, Franklin Pangborn, Charles Lang, Margaret Dumont. W.C. Fields' last starring role in a feature-length film consists mainly of a series of flashbacks-- a number of disjointed, funny and bizarre scenes spoofing his own cinematic career, Hollywood and the filmmaking industry. 71 min. DVD 7430
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Road to Zanzibar (1941)
Directed by Victor Schertzinger. Cast: Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett, Anthony Quinn, Jerry Colonna. In the second of the "Road" pictures, a couple of scheming carnival performers leave town after selling a phony diamond mine to a tough guy who doesn't appreciate the joke. They end up in Zanzibar where they meet a couple of female entertainers who lure them into the jungle and introduce them to a tribe of hungry cannibals. 92 min. DVD X1031
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Cohan, Steven. "Queering the Deal: On the Road with Hope and Crosby." In: Out Takes: Essays on Queer Theory and Film / edited by Ellis Hanson. pp: 23-45. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 1999. Series Q (Main Stack PN1995.9.H55.O88 1999)
Gehring, Wes D. "The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope ... And Disciple Woody Allen." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999
Mielke, Randall G. Road to box office : the seven film comedies of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour, 1940-1962 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1997. (PFA : PN2287.C76 M53 1997)

Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Margaret Hayes, Porter Hall, Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore. "Sullivan is a successful, spoiled, and naive director of fluff films, with a heart-o-gold, who decides he wants to make a film about the troubles of the downtrodden poor ["O Brother, Where Art Thou"]. Much to the chagrin of his producers, he sets off in tramp's clothing with a single dime in his pocket to experience poverty first-hand, and gets some reality shock." [Internet Movie Database][See also: filmsite.org for a fuller description] 91 min.DVD 6592; DVD 790; vhs 999:358
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"Sullivan's Travels." In: Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S84 1985)

Topper Returns (1941)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Cast: Constance Bennett, Cary Grant, Roland Young. The third of the Topper films, based on Thorne Smith's fantastic novel, is an 'old dark house' spoof. Joan Blondell returns in ghostly form and enlists Topper's help in order to solve her own murder. 88 min. DVD X3642
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Two-faced Woman (1941)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Constance Bennett, Ruth Gordon, Robert Sterling, Roland Young. The final film of Garbo's career is a romantic romp about a ski instructor who masquerades as her own vampy twin sister in order to win back her wavering husband. Based on a play by Ludwig Fulda. 90 min. DVD X6026
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That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Eve Arden, Alan Mowbray, Olive Blakeney. A comedy in which a seemingly happy couple realize they aren't so happy when an egotistical, eccentric musician enters the scene. 85 min. DVD 4659
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The Lady Is Willing (1942)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Fred MacMurray, Aline MacMahon, Stanley Ridges. Comedy about a glamorous Broadway star who wants to be able to adopt a child, so she arranges a marriage of convenience with a pediatrician. 91 min. DVD X2068
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson, Edward Brophy, Anthony Quinn. On release from Sing Sing, 'Pressure' Maxwell wants to go into legal business; his pal 'Jug' Martin would rather join fellow inmate Leo's bank robbery scheme. A compromise is reached when Pressure buys a luggage shop next to the bank and they begin to build a tunnel. Pressure, Jug, and their friend Weepy prove the most incompetent burglars ever seen, but their biggest problem is keeping paying customers out of the store as it gains unexpected success! Based upon a play by Laura and S.J. Perelman. Special features: Commentary by historians Haden Guest and Dana Polan; Warner Night at the Movies 1942 short subject gallery: vintage newsreel; John Huston's Oscar-nominated patriotic short "Winning your wings;" classic cartoons: "Porky's pastry pirates" and "The wabbit who came to supper;" trailers. 95 min. DVD X511
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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Directed by Clyde Bruckman. Cast: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Jimmy Durante, Richard Travis, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner. Famed author Sheridan Whiteside possesses a tongue dipped in venom and a brain that can crack The New York Times crossword in four minutes. On a lecture tour in Ohio, he slips on the ice and is confined to the home of a bourgeois couple. He proceeds to plunge the household into chaos, ruling the place like a czar and meddling in everyone's love life. From the stage play : The man who came to dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Special features : New featurette: "The man who came to dinner : inside a classic comedy" ; Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short film: "So you think you need glasses" ; Classic cartoon: "Six hits and a miss" ; Theatrical trailer. 113 min. DVD X2369
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Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, ZaSu Pitts, Elisabeth Risdon. The Lindsay's are on a ship to Hawaii for their delayed second honeymoon. Unknown to Carmelita, Dennis is using the trip to secure a contract with Mr. Baldwin. The Baldwins are social climbers that will do business with Lindsay if they can meet Lord Epping. Of course, trouble brews when Uncle Matt pretends to be Lord Epping and Fifi pretends to be Mrs. Lindsay. 75 min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Yarn ... revolves about Lord Epping's need for new capital. The FitzPattens, brother and sister, due to arrive in America on a visit, are interested, but Lord Epping goes hunting moose in Canada and leaves it all to his partner, Buddy Rogers. In order to keep the FitzPattens from going away in a huff, Errol, Rogers' uncle, impersonates the knight errant. 65min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

Mexican Spitfire's Elephant(1942)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Walter Reed, Elisabeth Risdon. A pair of shipboard smugglers have a large diamond hidden inside a small elephant statuette, which they plant on absentminded Lord Epping to get it past customs. Now, his lordship is visiting Uncle Matt Lindsay who looks just like him. Thanks to flirtatious Diana's efforts to get the elephant back, the comic confusion proliferates, with 'spitfire' Carmelita (now a blonde) playing a prominent part. 64 min. DVD X6047
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Directed by Sidney Lanfield. Cast: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco, Victor Varconi, Lionel Royce, Walter Kingsford. A comedy classic about a variety show performer who is hired by a beautiful spy to deliver British government instructions to an American aerospace company. When the truth surfaces, so do Nazi spies, and the chase is on. 78 min. DVD X3453
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Gehring, Wes D. "The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope ... And Disciple Woody Allen." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999

The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee, William Demarest. A young wife leaves her husband and heads for Palm Beach where she meets one of the world's richest men. When the husband shows up to reclaim his wife, the millionaire's man-mad sister falls for him! The foursome's story unfolds through intensely humorous dialogue, flirtatious situations and a splendid soundtrack. 88 min. DVD 3580; DVD 6592; vhs 999:2506
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Road to Morocco (1942)
Directed by David Butler. Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn. The lone survivors of a ship wrecked in the Mediterranean, our heroes find themselves in the company of a Moroccan Princess Shalimar (Lamour), who has purchased Bob and plans to make him her husband. This would be swell except for the jealousy of nasty Sheik Mullay Kassim. This is the third "Road" picture of the Hope and Crosby comedy team. Special DVD features: Bob Hope and the road to success; command performance 1945; "The road to Morocco" sing-along; photograph gallery; theatrical trailer; production notes; cast and filmmakers. 82 min. DVD X1028; vhs 999:2039
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Cohan, Steven. "Queering the Deal: On the Road with Hope and Crosby." In: Out Takes: Essays on Queer Theory and Film / edited by Ellis Hanson. pp: 23-45. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 1999. Series Q (Main Stack PN1995.9.H55.O88 1999)
Gehring, Wes D. "The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope ... And Disciple Woody Allen." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999
Mielke, Randall G. Road to box office : the seven film comedies of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour, 1940-1962 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1997. (PFA : PN2287.C76 M53 1997)

Roxy Hart(1942)
Director, William A. Wellman. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Roxie Hart, an ambitious 1920s showgirl, confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Based on a true story. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 75 min. DVD X2175
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To Be Or Not to Be (1942)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan. This comedy centers on a Warsaw theatrical troupe that outwits Nazi occupation troops by playing the roles of (and for) their lives. The actors impersonate German officers to pull the swastikas over their captor's eyes. 99 min. DVD 3634; 999:1315
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The Talk of the Town (1942)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan, Glenda Farrell. A fugitive, falsely accused of murder, is aided by a schoolteacher and a Supreme Court nominee in George Stevens' serio-comic look at law and justice in America. 117 min. DVD 6635
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Woman of the Year (1942)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen. In this hilarious excursion into the battle of the sexes, Tracy plays Sam Craig, the down-to-earth sportswriter of the New York Chronicle. As Tess Harding, the paper's bright international columnist, Hepburn makes his life miserable. As soon as they start taking swipes at each other in their columns, there is little peace between them. In the office and in the bedroom the squabbling continues, until their problems are overcome by their deep love for each other. 112 min. DVD 1841
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Glitre, Kathrina. "Economy and excess : Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.

Easy Living (1943)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen; screenplay, Preston Sturges. Cast: Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni, Mary Nash. A rich financier, fed up with his free-spending family, takes an expensive sable coat which he has just bought for his wife, and throws it out the window. The coat lands on poor hard-working girl Mary Smith and a maelstrom of mistaken assumptions are soon set in motion. 84 min. DVD X7254; DVD X7199
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Beach, Christopher. "Working Ladies and Forgotten Men: Class Divisions in Romantic Comedies, 1934-1937." In: Class, language and American film comedy Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. [full-text available online (UCB users only); print version: MAIN: PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Charles Coburn, Laird Cregar. Deceased turn-of-the century playboy Henry Van Cleve presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha notwithstanding. 112 min. DVD 4679
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Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Cast: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, June Havoc, Ward Bond, Aubrey Mather. A talented singer starring on the Barbary Coast is abandoned by her ambitious saloon-owner beau for a heartless socialite. After becoming a huge star in England, she returns to San Francisco when his marriage crumbles, hoping that he still loves her. Special features: Isolated score track ; Hello again: the remaking of Alice Faye featurette ; restoration comparision, original theatrical trailer, advertising gallery, still gallery. 99 min. DVD X405
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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1943)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, Rita Johnson, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, John Emery, Donald MacBride, Don Costello. Joe is a boxer who is headed for a championship fight when he is killed in a plane crash. Unfortunately for Joe, he was not supposed to die in the crash, but was instead brought up to heaven too soon by an overeager angel. It is now up to Mr. Jordan, the angel's boss, to find Joe a new body and give him another chance to fight for the title. Joe meets an idealistic young woman to whom he is immediately smitten, and she gives him a reason to live beyond prize fighting. From the play "Heaven can wait" by Harry Segall. 94 min. DVD X53
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"Here Comes Mr. Jordan." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)

Jitterbugs (1943)
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Vivian Blaine, Robert Bailey, Douglas Fowley, Lee Patrick. Laurel & Hardy are a traveling two-man jitterbug band who operate out of a dilapidated jalopy and form an unlikely partnership with a likable con man. When the trio joins a carnival, they meet Susan, a naive young singer, whose mother has been swindled by grifters. 74 min. DVD 5660
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Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event(1943)
Director, Leslie Goodwins. Cast: Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Walter Reed, Elisabeth Risdon. Dennis mistakenly believes Carmelita is going to have a baby. Little does he know that the blessed event is her cat's new kittens. 63 min. DVD X6047
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Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, William Demarest, Diana Lynn. A spoof on motherhood. Trudy attends a farewell party for local servicemen and is shocked when she discovers her unfortunate condition after that hazy night. Her 4-F idolater offers himself as a substitute father. 98 min. DVD 4299; vhs 999:161
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Miracle on 34th Street (1943)
Director, George Seaton. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, Philip Tonge. The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is. "Colorized" version originally released in 1985 ; Originally released, in b&w, as a motion picture in 1947. Special features: Disc one: All-new colorized version; feature audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara ; Disc two: Original version in black & white; feature audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara; AMC Backstory: 'Miracle on 34th Street;' Fox Movietone News footage: "Hollywood spotlight;" 'Miracle on 34th Street' TV version; "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: floating in history" featurette; promotional short; poster gallery. 96 min. DVD 6810
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"Miracle on 34th Street." In: Best American screenplays. First series : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas ; foreword by Frank Capra. New York : Crown Publishers, c1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B36 1986)

The More the Merrier (1943)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines, Bruce Bennett, Frank Sully, Don Douglas, Clyde Fillmore, Stanley Clements. To help the war effort, a patriotic young woman rents half of her apartment to a well-to-do, retired millionaire, who decides to play cupid by renting half of his half to a high-type, clean-cut nice young man. 104 min. DVD X2847
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Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Lupe Vélez: queen of the B's." In: From bananas to buttocks : the Latina body in popular film and culture / edited by Myra Mendible. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 F748 2007)
Sturtevant, Victoria. "Lupe Vélez and the Ambivalent Pleasures of Ethnic Masquerade." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2005, Issue 55, p19-32, 14p UC users only

No Time for Love (1943)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray. Story of an engineer Jim Ryan and a female photographer Katherine Grant. After Ryan gets suspended from a tunneling job because of an incident while being photographed for a story by Katherine Grant, she feels responsible and hires him to help her. 80 min. DVD X7200
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Thank your Lucky Stars (1943)
Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Errol Flynn, John Garfield, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Dina Shore, Alexis Smith, George Tobias, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, Edward Everett Horton, S.Z. Sakall, Hattie McDaniel and Spike Jones. Eddie Cantor insists upon being chairman of the Cavalcade of Stars benefit show, in return for the use of his vocalist, Dinah Shore. Cantor disrupts the producers' plans with his own egocentric ideas. When they discover a talented bus driver named Joe Simpson, who can't get an acting job because he too closely resembles Eddie Cantor, a scheme is hatched to put the show back on track. Bonus features: Warner night at the movies 1943 short subjests gallery; vintage newsreel; musical shorts "Three cheers for the girls" and "The United States Navy Band"; patriotic short "Food and magic"; classic cartoon "Fallen hare"; trailers of Thank your luck stars and 1943's Watch on the Rhine; audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with the film's stars.127 min. DVD X817
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Goldman, Herbert G. Banjo eyes : Eddie Cantor and the birth of modern stardom / Herbert G. Goldman. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. (Music PN2287.C36 G66 1997)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane, Edward Everett Horton. An easy going drama critic discovers that his kind and gentle aunts, Abby and Martha, have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. 120 min. DVD 2205 (b&w); vhs 999:747 (colorized)
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The Big Noise (1944)
Directed by Mal St. Clair. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space, Veda Ann Borg, Bobby Blake, Frank Fenton, James Bush. Laurel & Hardy play janitors accidentally hired as sleuths to protect a new super-bomb destined for the War Department in Washington, DC. Through a series of crazy misadventures, our heroes end up in a remote-controlled airplane, along with the bomb, and headed straight for trouble. 74 min. DVD 5661
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Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest, Raymond Walburn, Franklin Pangborn, Elizabeth Patterson, Bill Edwards. Unable to face his home-town folks who think he's gone off to war, Woodrow Layfayette Pershing Truesmith takes a ship-yard job and has his friends help him keep up the deception. 101 min.DVD 6582; 999:787
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"Hail the Conquering Hero." In: Five screenplays / by Preston Sturges ; edited with an introduction by Brian Henderson. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 S84 1985)

Little Rascals (1938-1944)
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Lady in the Dark (1944)
Directed by Mitchell Leisen. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter, Jon Hall. Liza Elliott is the editor of 'Allure' magazine. Feeling overburdened by the demands of her career and suffering a series of headaches and continuous dreams, she consults a psychoanalyst. Based upon the play by Moss Hart. 96 min. DVD X7201
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Adair, Gilbert. "Magic mountain: the cinema of Mitchell Leisen." Sight & Sound; Summer 1980, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p182-185, 4p UC users only
Chierichetti, David. Mitchell Leisen, Hollywood director / David Chierichetti. Los Angeles, CA : Photoventures Press, c1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.L45 C47 1995)
Doane, Mary Ann. "The Clinical Eye: Medical Discourses in the "Woman's Film" of the 1940s" Poetics Today , Vol. 6, No. 1/2, The Female Body in Western Culture: Semiotic Perspectives (1985), pp. 205-227 UC users only
Drabelle, Dennis. "Swing high, swing low: Mitchell Leisen in perspective." Film Comment, September/October 1994, Vol. 30, p8 UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only
Shadoian, Jack. "Exacting standards." Film Comment, Sep/Oct98, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p40, 9p UC users only

Lost in a Harem (1944)
Director, Charles Reisner. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell, John Conte, Douglass Dumbrille, Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra. Peter Johnson and Harvey Garvey, bumbling magicians stranded in the desert domain of Barabeeha, are asked by handsome prince Ramo to help him regain his throne from wicked Uncle Nimativ. This perilous task takes them deep inside the sultan's inner sanctum, where the madcap adventure really begins. 89 min. DVD 7449
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Anobile, Richard J. Who's on first? Verbal and visual gems from the films of Abbott & Costello. Edited by Richard J. Anobile. Introd. by Carol Burnett. Pref. by Howard Thompson New York, Darien House; distributed by Norton [c1972? (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.A22)
Peary, Dannis. "Abbot and Costello: Top Comics of the Forties." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Summer72, Issue 5, p30-32, 3p

Together Again (1944)
Directed by Charles Vidor. Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Charles Coburn, Mona Freeman, Jerome Courtland, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Dingle, Walter Baldwin, Fern Emmett, Frank Puglia. Widow of the former mayor of a small town in Vermont, who is now mayor herself, goes to New York to hire a sculptor to create a statue of her husband for the town square. The sculptor falls in love with her in this romantic comedy. 93 min. DVD X1853
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Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Director, S. Sylvan Simon. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Frances Rafferty, Robert Stanton, Jean Porter, Warner Anderson, "Rags" Ragland, Mike Mazurki. Bud and Lou turn Hollywood inside out with their pranks and comedy as they play the role of two barbers who want their own shop in Hollywood and try to raise money by becoming talent agents. 83 min. DVD 7449
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Anobile, Richard J. Who's on first? Verbal and visual gems from the films of Abbott & Costello. Edited by Richard J. Anobile. Introd. by Carol Burnett. Pref. by Howard Thompson New York, Darien House; distributed by Norton [c1972? (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.A22)
Peary, Dannis. "Abbot and Costello: Top Comics of the Forties." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Summer72, Issue 5, p30-32, 3p

Brewster's Millions (1945)
Directed by Allan Dwan. Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, June Havoc, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. A soldier returns from war to marry his girl and is informed that he has inherited 8 million dollars, but there are stipulations. He must spend $1 million of that money in less than two months before his 30th birthday in order to inherit the rest. But since he cannot tell anyone about him spending the money as part of the agreement, everyone thinks that Brewster has flipped when he practically knocks himself out on a spending spree. 79 min. vhs 999:3840
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Christmas in Connecticut(1945)
Directed by Peter Godfrey. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, S. Z. Sakall, Robert Shayne. "Smart housekeeping" columnist Elizabeth Lane's publisher, Sydney Greenstreet, invites himself and a handsome war hero to her fictitious Connecticut home for Christmas. Lane quickly rounds up a cottage, husband, baby and cook before the guests arrive, but real trouble begins when 'married' Lane begins to fall in love with engaged navy man Jones. Notable is the film's "delightful focus on food. Everyone seems to be either eating or talking about food here, from Jeff and his pal detailing the meals they can't wait to eat once they get out of the hospital, to the rotund Yardley's total dismissal of the concept of diet while at the farm, to Felix arguing over cooking and use of the farm's kitchen with the cook, Nora (Una O'Connor: Cavalcade). Christmas in Connecticut is so unrepentant and downright brazen in its love of food that it seems practically sinful from our point of view today, when denying the sensuous pleasures of food is supposedly a virtue." [quoted from the Film Filosopher] 102 min. DVD X913
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Without Love(1945)
Directed by Harold S. Bucquet. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Keenan Wynn, Carl Esmond, Patricia Morison, Felix Bressart, Emily Massey, Gloria Grahame, George Davis, George Chandler, Clancy Cooper. Pat Jamieson is a scientist working on a high-altitude oxygen mask for World War II fighter pilots. He has nowhere to conduct his research until he meets Jamie Rowan, a woman with a large empty country house. She has no hopes of marrying for love but Jamie wants to help the war effort and she likes Pat, so to satisfy the proprieties they agree on a business arrangement: a marriage of convenience and partnership. They happily work on oxygen mixes instead of honeymooning. But as the footing of their relationship begins warm up, Jamie is courted by another man and the old flame that broke Pat's heart is back in his life. It will take a sleepwalking ruse, dodging in and out of doors, and a working oxygen mask to get them together again. Based on the play by Philip Barry. 110 min. DVD 7602
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Glitre, Kathrina. "Economy and excess : Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.

The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Cummings, Diana Lynn, Robert Benchley A bookish historian is married to a steely Southern belle who raises horses, an animal that he doesn't care for. However, the cute young neighbor girl doesn't feel that way about him and makes no bones about letting him know it. 87 min. DVD X3359
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Cluny Brown (1946)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner, Reginald Owen. Cluny Brown, an amateur plumber, is sent by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate. While there, she becomes friendly with Adam Belinski, an author and Czech refugee. Based on the novel by Margery Sharp. 100 min. DVD X6241
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Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
Director, Willis Goldbeck. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden, Bonita Granville. Andy Hardy returns home to Carvel after serving in the Army during World War II, ready to get on with his life. He has two plans: complete a college education at his parents' alma mater and marry the girl of his dreams. However, as Andy soon rediscovers, the course of true love never runs smoothly. 70 min. DVD X531
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A Night in Casablanca (1946)
Directed by Archie Mayo. Cast: the Marx Brothers, Charles Drake, Lois Collier, Lisette Verea, Sig Ruman. Its the Nazis vs. the nutsies as The Marx Brothers ferret out Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel. Special features: Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes short Acrobatty Bunny vintage Joe McDoakes short So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck. 85 min. DVD 2663
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Road to Utopia (1946)
Directed by Hal Walker. Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Hillary Brooke, Douglass Dumbrille, Jack LaRue, Robert Barrat, Nestor Paiva. Narrator: Robert Benchley. Bing and Bob get caught up in a race to stake their claim to the veins of a Klondike gold mine after nabbing the deed from a couple of vicious killers. Since the boys themselves are skipping town after a shady deal, they decide to adopt the murderers' identities and take the opportunity to get to know the beautiful and ambitious Dorothy Lamour. 90 min. DVD 7606
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Cohan, Steven. "Queering the Deal: On the Road with Hope and Crosby." In: Out Takes: Essays on Queer Theory and Film / edited by Ellis Hanson. pp: 23-45. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 1999. Series Q (Main Stack PN1995.9.H55.O88 1999)
Gehring, Wes D. "The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope ... And Disciple Woody Allen." In: Parody as film genre: "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Olson. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Full-text online [UCB users only]; Print Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999
Mielke, Randall G. Road to box office : the seven film comedies of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour, 1940-1962 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1997. (PFA : PN2287.C76 M53 1997)

The Bachelor and the Bobby-soxer (1947)
Director, Irving Reis. Cast: Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, Myrna Loy, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins, Harry Davenport. A playboy is sentenced to date a judge's teenage daughter as punishment for disturbing the peace. The judge hopes it will eradicate the girl's crush for the older man, but the judge's daughter and the playboy fall for each other. Special features: June 13, 1949 Lux Radio Theater Radio production starring Grant and Temple; cartoon Little Tinker; Cary Grant trailer gallery. 95 min. DVD 8218
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Cohan, Steven. "Cary Grant in the fifties: indiscretions of the bachelor's masquerade." Screen 1992 33: 394-412 UC users only

The Egg and I (1947)
Director, Chester Erskine. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Louis Allbritton. "For better or worse" begins on their wedding night when a man tells his bride he's quit the brokerage business and plans to raise chickens on a rustic farm miles from civilization. 108 min. 999:3102
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Mad Wednesday (aka The Sin of Harold Diddlebock) (1947)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn, Rudy Vallee, Frances Ramsden. Harold Diddlebock, former football star, leads a boring and mundane life as a bookkeeper for twenty years. After being fired, he goes on a wild fling of drinking and gambling, and wakes up as the owner of a bankrupt circus. 83 min. DVD 4293; vhs 999:3138
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Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Martha Raye, Mody Correll, Allison Roddan, Robert Lewis. In this dark comedy first released during WWII, Henri Vedoux, played by Charlie Chaplin, supports his family by first marrying, and then killing wealthy widows. On another level the film is an indictment of war in which mass murder is legalized, celebrated and paraded. "Killing is the enterprise by which your system prospers," Verdoux says. "As a mass killer, I am an amateur by comparison." 124 min. DVD 322; VHS 999:48
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Awards & Honors
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Cast: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff, Fay Bainter, Ann Rutherford, The Goldwyn Girls. Walter, a timid young man, imagines himself as a number of daredevil heroes. Then one of Walter's dreams becomes a reality: He gets involved with a beautiful blonde and becomes the target of a gang of jewel thieves who believe he has their loot, and out of necessity is transformed into an assertive figure. 110 min. 999:2534
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The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Harold Lloyd, Rudy Vallee, Edgar Kennedy, Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn, Franklin Pangborn, Lionel Stander, Margaret Hamilton. Fired from his job after 20 years, Harold, an accountant, goes on a drunken spree and wakes up the owner of a moth-eaten and bankrupt circus and eventually winds up hanging from a tall building with a huge lion menacing him. 90 min. DVD 4293
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Something in the Wind (1947)
Directed by Irving Pichel. Cast: Deanna Durbin, John Dall, Donald O'Connor, Charles Winninger, Helena Carter. A millionaire's grandson mistakes a beautiful female disc jockey for her aunt, who is dating the boy's grandfather. 94 min. DVD 3886
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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein [Bud Abbott, Lou Costello meet Frankenstein] (1948)
Directed by Charles T. Barton. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Lenore Aubert. A comic horror film in which Abbott and Costello encounter Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and a mad scientist. Special features: Abbott & Costelo meet the monsters ; The making of Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein ; feature commentary with film historian Gregory W. Moank ; production photographs ; theatrical trailer ; production notes ; cast and filmmakers. 83 min. DVD X5556
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Anobile, Richard J. Who's on first? Verbal and visual gems from the films of Abbott & Costello. Edited by Richard J. Anobile. Introd. by Carol Burnett. Pref. by Howard Thompson New York, Darien House; distributed by Norton [c1972? (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.A22)
Fyne, R. J. "The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films." Film & History, Sep2000, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p80-84, 5p UC users only
Peary, Dannis. "Abbot and Costello: Top Comics of the Forties." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Summer72, Issue 5, p30-32, 3p

Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Cast: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny, Sharyn Moffett. Cary Grant plays a successful New York advertising executive who wants to escape his current living situation. He decides to design his own dream house in the suburbs and the project turns wrong when the bills never end and the problems never stop. Special features: 2 radio productions: the October 10, 1949 Lux Radio Theater broadcast starring Grant and Irene Dunne and the June 9, 1950 screen directors playhouse broadcast starring Grant and Betsy Drake; cartoon the House of Tomorrow; Cary Grant trailer gallery. 94 min. DVD 8219
DVD X5839
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State of the Union (1948)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, Adolph Menjou, Lewis Stone. An idealistic industrialist who is drafted to run for the presidency is caught between the ruthless ambition of a newspaper owner who pulls the strings of his campaign, and the integrity of his wife who believes in the man behind the political facade. Based on the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. 123 min. DVD X978; vhs 999:2711
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Glitre, Kathrina. "Economy and excess : Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.

Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee, Barbara Lawrence. A famous conductor, blessed with both a brilliant career and a beautiful young wife, believes that she's having an affair with his handsome young secretary. The conductor fantasizes three insane scenes of revenge while conducting a concert and then tries to enact them in the brilliant conclusion. 105 min. DVD 4263
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Jenkins, Henry "The laughing stock of the city : male dread, performance anxiety and Unfaithfully yours." In: Classical Hollywood comedy / edited by Kristine Brunovska Karnick and Henry Jenkins. New York : Routledge, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 C56 1995)
Sterritt, David. "Unfaithfully Yours." Cineaste v. 31 no. 2 (Spring 2006) p. 70-2 UC users only

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Adam's Rib (1949)
Director, George Cukor. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell. A romantic comedy in which husband and wife are lawyers on opposite sides of an attempted murder case. 61 min. DVD 2320; vhs 999:100
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Africa Screams (1949)
Directed by Charles Barton. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello. Starving cannibals, ferocious lions and awesome apes terrorize Abbott and Costello in this African adventure. 79 min. DVD 1299
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Anobile, Richard J. Who's on first? Verbal and visual gems from the films of Abbott & Costello. Edited by Richard J. Anobile. Introd. by Carol Burnett. Pref. by Howard Thompson New York, Darien House; distributed by Norton [c1972? (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.A22)
Peary, Dannis. "Abbot and Costello: Top Comics of the Forties." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Summer72, Issue 5, p30-32, 3p

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
Directed by Preston Sturges. Cast: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan, Sterling Holloway, Hugh Herbert, El Rendel, Porter Hall, Pati Behrs. A wild musical six gun farce set in the old West about a hot-tempered saloon entertainer who's as quick with a pistol as she is to kick up her heels. When her boyfriend with a wandering eye, casts too many amourous glances in the wrong direction, she tries to gun the varmint down, only to wind up running from the law and getting caught in the middle of a mining town feud. 77 min. vhs 999:3137
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I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Director, Howard Hawks. Cast: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart, William Neff. During a postwar mission in Germany, French army officer Herni Rochard and American WAC lieutenant Catherine Gates find that their mutual antagionism changes into love. They decide to marry just when Catherine is ordered home, which presents a far greater obstacle to Henri than a postponed honeymoon. They soon learn the only way he can enter the U.S. is through the Congressional act governing war brides which leaves the resourceful Catherine only one alternative: disguise her husband as a sister WAC. 105 min. DVD X888; vhs 999:3134
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Cohan, Steven. "Cary Grant in the fifties: indiscretions of the bachelor's masquerade." Screen 1992 33: 394-412 UC users only
Danks, Adrian. "I Was a Male War Bride." Senses of Cinema: an Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious & Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 12: 2001 Feb-Mar

Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)
Director, Charles Lamont. Cast: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Meg Randall, Patricia Alphin, Esther Dale, Barry Kelley, Harry Antrim, Ida Moore, Emory Parnell. In this hilarious adventure, Ma and Pa's farm house, a building so rickety it's about to be condemned, is replaced by an ultra-modern prefab that Pa wins by dreaming up a slogan for a tobacco company. 76 min. vhs 999:3105
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1950-1959

Born Yesterday (1950)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford. Billie, the ignorant chorus-girl mistress of Brock, a corrupt millionaire junk dealer, rebels against her role as a pawn in his business deals after she falls in love with the man whom Brock has hired to teach her "culture." 103 min. DVD 419
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Judy Holliday)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actress (Judy Holliday)

George Cukor bibliography
Stoddart, Scott F. "George Cukor's "take" on the literacy narrative: Hollywood style." Cineaction; 1999, Issue 50, p24-31, 8p UC users only

Harvey (1950)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White, Victoria Horne, Wallace Ford, Peggy Dow. Comedy about a good-natured fellow whose constant companion is a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. His sister is determined to marry her daughter off and decides to commit her brother to a mental hospital to get him out of the way. Due to a mix-up the sister is committed instead, and it is up to the kindly brother and his imaginary friend to straighten things out! 105 min. DVD 954
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Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress (Josephine Hull )
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actress (Josephine Hull )

Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Cast: Jane Powell, Ann Sothern, Barry Sullivan, Carmen Miranda, Louis Calhern. Choreographer: Nick Castle. A colorful Rio is the setting for a comic tale of personal and professional mixups as aspiring actress Nancy and her Broadway-veteran mother seek the same stage role. Adding to the Brazilian flair is Carmen Miranda in zany-hatted glory. 99 min. DVD 9892
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Freire-Medeiros, Bianca "Star in The House of Mirrors: Contrasting Images of Carmen Miranda in Brazil and the United States." Limina, 2006, Vol. 12, p21-29, 9p UC users only
O'Nell, Brian. "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame and Bananas." In: Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community / edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E184.S75 L36245 2005; Chicano Studies HQ1050 .L287 2005) USE ONLY
Roberts, Shari. ""The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat": Carmen Miranda, a Spectacle of Ethnicity." Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Spring, 1993), pp. 3-23 UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "Hollywood's Good Neighbor Policy: The Latin Image In American Film, 1939-1946." Journal of Popular Film Issue: 3:4 (1974:Fall) p.278 UC users only

When Willie Comes Marching Home(1950)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest. Willie is frustrated because he joined the army to serve overseas, but winds up training other soldiers in his own home town. However, when he finds himself accidently behind enemy lines he unexpectedly becomes a hero after all. 82 min. DVD 9370
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So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)
Directed by Richard L. Bare. Comedy short. "Joe McDoakes is passing a traffic light sign, when suddenly the signal seems broke. It's going up and down and up and down. On the crossroad McDoakes is only barely able to prevent an accident. A traffic agent approaches him and asks for his papers. But McDoakes hasn't got them with him and he must pay a fine of two dollars for passing a red light. But Joe McDoakes is a stubborn man. He wants to prove to the whole world that he is not guilty. Instead of paying the fine, he asks for a jury trial. That doesn't seem like a good thing to do however." [IMDB] 10 min. Supplementary feature on DVD 3513

Utopia (Atoll K.; Robinson Crusoeland) (1950)
Directed by Leo Joannon. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Suzy Delair, Max Elloy, Suzet Mais, Felix Oudart. Stan and Ollie are shipwrecked on a desert atoll. Living like a pair of Robinson Crusoes, they befriend other survivors and decide that their atoll can become a modern day Utopia. 83 min. DVD 6014
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Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)
Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Charles Coburn, Gigi Perreau. In this musical comedy Rock Hudson plays a faithful soda jerk who finds his attentions to the lovely Millicent turned down after her family gains a large sum of money. 88 min. DVD 8144
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Limelight (1952)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Buster Keaton, Sidney Chaplin, Nigel Bruce. Set in London, in 1914, the film stars Chaplin as an aging music hall comic who's convinced he can no longer move people to laughter. But he gets a final opportunity to shine when he saves a young, equally desperate ballet dancer from suicide, then guides her to triumph on the stage. 137 min. DVD 1779; DVD 671; VHS 999:2924
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Monkey Business (1952)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe. A chimpanzee gets loose in Dr. Fulton's lab and accidentally completes the youth formula he has been working on for years. But the chimp also dumps the potion into the office water cooler -- which becomes clear when Fulton's staff mysteriously grows younger and younger. The chemistry really explodes when his voluptuous secretary gets a taste of the potion. 97 min. DVD 1198
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Pat and Mike (1952)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Aldo Ray, William Ching, Sammy White, George Mathews. In this romantic comedy a woman athlete of enormous promise in the worlds of both tennis and golf is pursued by a shady promoter, who hopes to make her famous and make some money in the process. 94 min. DVD 2319
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Glitre, Kathrina. "Economy and excess : Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.

Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)
Directed by Jean Yarbrough. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello. Abbott and Costello present their version of the classic fairy tale. 78 min. DVD 1299
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Peary, Dannis. "Abbot and Costello: Top Comics of the Forties." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Summer72, Issue 5, p30-32, 3p

Stalag 17 (1952)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger. During World War II, a group of G.I.s are thrown together in the notorious German prison camp, Stalag 17. For the most part, they spend their time scheming ways to help each other escape. But when two prisoners are killed in an escape attempt, it becomes obvious that there is a spy among them. 120 min. DVD X1706; vhs 999:813
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actor (William Holden)

The Stooge (1952)
Directed by Norman Taurog. Cast: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Polly Bergen, Marion Marshall, Eddie Mayehoff. A struggling vaudeville singer finds success when he teams up with a comedian. As their success grows, so does the singer's ego, and after firing his partner he realizes the comedian wasn't such a "stooge" after all. 99 min. DVD X7165
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn. Two show girls set sail on a cruise ship in hopes of catching wealthy husbands. Based on the book by Anita Loos and the musical comedy of the same title by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos. 92 min. DVD 705; VHS 999:135
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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, William Powell, David Wayne. Romantic comedy of three fashion models out to snare rich husbands. In the end love prevails over schemes as they all find happiness, and one does end up with a millionaire. Based on plays by Zoe Akins, Dale Eunson, and Katherine Albert. 105 min. DVD X4324
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Cohen, Lisa. "The horizontal walk: Marilyn Monroe, CinemaScope, and sexuality." Yale Journal of Criticism; 1998, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p259-288, 30p UC users only

Mon Oncle (1953)
Directed by Jacques Tati. See French cinema

The Moon Is Blue (1953)
Director, Otto Preminger. Cast: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams. The story of a chaste young TV-commercial actress who is romanced by a playboy architect. Despite all sorts of temptations, the girl refuses the architect's invitation to become his mistress, holding out for marriage or nothing. Meanwhile, a middle-aged rake tries to move in on the girl himself, with an equal lack of success. So why was this little comedy so controversial? Ignoring Hollywood's Production Code, Otto Preminger decided to film the play as written, refusing to remove such words as "virgin," "seduce," "pregnant," and "mistress" in the script. 99 min. DVD X2464
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Awards
Golden Globes - Best Actor, Musical/Comedy (David Niven)

Censoring of The Moon is Blue

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
Directed by Jacques Tati. See French cinema

Top Banana (1953)
Director, Alfred E. Green. Cast: Phil Silvers, Rose Marie, Danny Scholl, Judy Lynn. Shot on location in New York City's Winter Garden Theatre, this is essentially a filmed performance of Phil Silver's hit Broadway show in which he plays a moody and egotistical television comic (allegedly patterned after Milton Berle). Trouble begins when the ratings for Jerry Biffle's (Silvers) television show begin to sag. The producers spice up the show by adding sales clerk Sally Peters and handsome young Cliff Lane as love interests. Jerry falls in love with Sally, but Sally is in love with Cliff. 84 min. vhs 999:3854
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The Court Jester (1955)
Directors, Melvin Frank, Norman Panama. Cast: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick. In 12th century England a hapless performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king. 101 min. vhs 999:3821
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Bayless, Martha. "Danny Kaye and the "fairy tale" of queerness in The court jester." In: Queer movie medievalisms / edited by Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Tison Pugh. Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 Q45 2009)

Hit the Deck (1955)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Cast: Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, Russ Tamblyn. Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck". After wrecking the producers hotel suite, they land in the brig. But Danny's father is a Rear Admiral... Special features: Film short "The Fall Guy", cartoon "Field and Scream", Sometimes I'm Happy audio outake (audio only), and theatrical trailer. 112 min. DVD 8322; vhs 999:1520
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Mister Roberts (1955)
Directed by John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Phil Carey. A comedy-drama about life aboard a Navy cargo ship in Pacific waters during World War II. The monotonous non-combat duty of a fun-loving crew is enlivened by a feud between the petty, intolerant captain and an impetuous, highly-respected cargo officer whose continuous efforts to get a transfer to combat duty are blocked by the captain. 120 min. DVD 6217
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor, Musical/Comedy (Jack Lemmon)

Beidler, Philip D. "Mr. Roberts and American remembering; or, why Major Major Major Major looks like Henry Fonda." Journal of American Studies; Apr96, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p47, 18p UC users only

The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss. A husband of seven years, alone in New York while his family vacations, fantasizes an affair with the TV model in the upstairs apartment. 105 min. DVD 704; VHS 999:712
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor, Musical/Comedy (Tom Ewell)

Billy Wilder bibliography
Banner, Lois W. "The Creature from the Black Lagoon: Marilyn Monroe and Whiteness" Cinema Journal , Vol. 47, No. 4 (Summer, 2008), pp. 4-29 UC users only
Ferguson, Kevin L. "Panting in the Dark: The Ambivalence of Air in Cinema." Camera Obscura; May2011, Vol. 26 Issue 77, p32-62, 32p UC users only
McKnight, Johnny. Double nugget : Mary massacre ; Seven year itch / written by Johnny McKnight. London : Oberon Books, 2012. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PR6113.C56 D68 2012)
Mobilio, Albert. "Scratching Tom Ewell's Itch In: All the available light : a Marilyn Monroe reader / [edited by] Yona Zeldis McDonough. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2287.M69 A55 2002)
Smith, Graham "The Subway Grate Scene in The Seven Year Itch: 'The Staging of an Appearance-As-Disappearance'." Histoires croisées des images. Objets et méthodes Volume 14, numéro 2-3, printemps 2004, p. 213-244 UC users only

The Delicate Delinquent (1956)
Directed by Don McGuire. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Darren McGavin, Martha Hyer, Robert Ivers, Horace McMahon, Richard Bakalyan. Sidney Pythias is a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, despite a lot of stumbling along the way, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too. 100 min.DVD X7168
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O'Brien, Julie London, Ray Anthony, Barry Gordon. Jayne Mansfield plays a blonde who is being coached to become a nightclub singer by her racketeer boyfriend. To help her along, he hires a hungry talent agent to boost her career into the big time. Non-US format DVD (PAL). 93 min. DVD 4124
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Frank Tashlin / edited by Roger Garcia ; French co-editor, Bernard Eisenschitz. Locarno : Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno in collaboration with the British Film Institute, 1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T29.F7 1994)
Hey, Kenneth. "The Girl Can't Help It: Another Look." Film & History , Feb1982, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p12-16, 5p; UC users only
Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Tashlinesque." In: Essential cinema : on the necessity of film canons / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1994 .R5684 2004)
Saxton, Martha. Jayne Mansfield and the American fifties / Martha Saxton. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1975. (Pacific Film Archive PN2287.M34 S2 1975)
Sikov, Ed. "Living Loony Tunes: The Art of Frank Tashlin." In: Laughing hysterically : American screen comedy of the 1950s / Ed Sikov. New York : Columbia University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 S49 1994)

The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
Directed by Richard Quine. Cast: Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, John Williams, Hiram Sherman, Neva Patterson, Ray Collins, Arthur O'Connell ; George Burns, narrator. Laura Partridge, a small-time stockholder creates havoc at a board meeting, falls in love with the former chief executive officer, and wrests control of the corporation from its selfish, corrupt board of directors. From the play by George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichmann. 100 min. DVD X5045
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Spector, Bert. "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit in The Executive Suite: American Corporate Movies in the 1950's Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2007, p1-6, 6p UC users only
Teichmann, Howard. The solid gold Cadillac; a comedy, by Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufman. New York, Random House [1954] (NRLF (UCB) PS3539.E24 S6 1954)

Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Directed by Daniel Mann. Cast: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyo. Okinawa 1946- occupied by American troops whose assignment is to bring democracy to the inhabitants. The captain in charge is a well-meaning but inept loser, and faces a wily Asian interpreter (Marlon Brando! Can you dig it?!) and a determined geisha girl, along with villagers who know how to take advantage of foreign occupation! Special DVD features: Vintage featurette Operation Teahouse; Marlon Brando movie trailer gallery. Based on the play by John Patrick, adapted from the novel by Vern Sneider. (New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1952. NRLF B 3 342 249; The Teahouse of the August Moon / Vern Sneider. New York: Putnam, 1951. NRLF $B 105 525)DVD 8493; vhs 999:536
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McCarten, John. "Teahouse of the August Moon." New Yorker; 12/8/1956, Vol. 32 Issue 42, p144-145, 2p

Desk Set (1957)
Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell. A classic Hepburn-Tracy romance, about the head of the research department at a TV network and an absent-minded computer genius. Sumner, inventor of the Electromagnetic Memory And Research Arithmetical Calculator, is hired by the network to help computerize operations, with orders to keep his mission secret. Soon the rumor mill is working overtime as everyone fears being replaced by the computer. 103 min. DVD 8322; vhs 999:1520
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Colatrella, Carol. "From Desk Set to The Net: Women and Computing Technology in Hollywood Films." Canadian Review of American Studies, 2001, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p1, 14p UC users only
Glitre, Kathrina. "Economy and excess : Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.
Malone, Cheryl Knott. "Imagining Information Retrieval in the Library: Desk Set in Historical Context." IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Jul-Sep2002, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p14, 9p UC users only
Schleier, Merrill. "Mid-century Corporate Renewal and Gender Realignment in Executive Suite and Desk Set" In: Skyscraper cinema : architecture and gender in American film / Merrill Schleier. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2009. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Environmental Design PN1995.9.S5535 S35 2009)

The Smallest Show on Earth (aka Big Time Operators) (UK, 1957)
Directed by Basil Dearden. Cast: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Peter Sellers, Maragaret Rutherford. Comedy about a young couple who inherit a delapidated debt-ridden movie theater appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there. Not only that, they must compete with a lavish movie theater next door. 80 min. DVD X4609
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Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
Directed by Joseph Pevney. Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Brennan, Mala Powers, Sidney Blackmer, Mildred Natwick, Fay Wray, Philip Ober, Craig Hill, Louise Beavers, April Kent. A homespun Mississippi gal teaches a sophisticated bachelor about love after she and her rascally grandfather help him after a plane crash. Based on a novel by Cid Ricketts Sumner. 89 min. DVD X4017
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Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Tony Randall, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams, Henry Jones. Adman Rockwell P. Hunter must come up with a new idea to propel him one more rung up the corporate ladder in this satire on Madison Avenue, television and the cult of the movie star. Based on the play written by George Axelrod and produced on the stage by Julie Styne. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by film historian Dana Polan; Movietone newsreel: Nation's capital scene of Texan get-together; theatrical trailer; trailers for The girl can't help it and The sheriff of Fractured Jaw. 92 min. DVD X2391
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Frank Tashlin / edited by Roger Garcia ; French co-editor, Bernard Eisenschitz. Locarno : Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno in collaboration with the British Film Institute, 1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T29.F7 1994)
Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)
Saxton, Martha. Jayne Mansfield and the American fifties / Martha Saxton. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1975. (Pacific Film Archive PN2287.M34 S2 1975)
Sikov, Ed. "Living Loony Tunes: The Art of Frank Tashlin." In: Laughing hysterically : American screen comedy of the 1950s / Ed Sikov. New York : Columbia University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 S49 1994)
"Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" Sight & Sound, Dec2010, Vol. 20 Issue 12, p89-90, 2p UC users only

A King in New York (1957)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Cast: Charles Chaplin, Dawn Addams, Maxine Audley, Jerry Desmonde, Oliver Johnston, Sid James. A king fleeing a revolution takes refuge in the USA. While there he is led by an advertising agent to make commercials, is suspected of being a communist, testifies before the Un-American Activities Committee and eventually returns to Europe. 110 min. DVD 5758
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Charlie Chaplin bibliography

Auntie Mame (1958)
Directed by Morton DaCosta. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark, Jan Handzlok, Roger Smith. In 1928, 10-year old impressionable Patrick Dennis is left in the care of his eccentric Auntie Mame when his millionarie father drops dead. Young Patrick is quickly indoctrinated into his aunt's philosophy that "Life is a banquet -- and most poor suckers are starving to death." Social-climbing executor Dwight Babcock does his best to raise Patrick as a stuffy American aristocrat, but Mame battles Babcock to allow the boy to be as free-spirited as she is. Based on the novel "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis. 143 min. DVD 4601
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Awards
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actress, Comedy/Musical (Rosalind Russell)

Hendler, Jane. Best-sellers and their film adaptations in postwar America : From here to eternity, Sayonara, Giant, Auntie Mame, Peyton Place / Jane Hendler. New York : Peter Lang, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.85 .H46 2001)
Wheat, Jennifer. "Auntie Mame: The Power of the Fool." Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 11-22, 2000 Oct

The Geisha Boy (1958)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa, Barton MacLane. The Great Wooley and his lop-eared partner Harry Hare plan to dazzle audiences with magical feats during their USO tour of Japan and Korea. An orphaned Japanese boy is drawn out of his shell by the magicians humor and caring. 98 min. 999:2205
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
de Seife, Ethan. "From monkey to maudlin : Jerry Lewis in the films of Frank Tashlin." In: Film and television stardom / edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .F5425 2008)
Ehrenstein, David. "Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis." In: Frank Tashlin / edited by Roger Garcia ; French co-editor, Bernard Eisenschitz. Locarno : Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno in collaboration with the British Film Institute, 1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T29.F7 1994)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)
Sikov, Ed. "Living Loony Tunes: The Art of Frank Tashlin." In: Laughing hysterically : American screen comedy of the 1950s / Ed Sikov. New York : Columbia University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 S49 1994)

Gidget (1958)
Directed by Paul Wendkos. Cast: Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, Arthur O'Connell. Gidget goes to the beach over her summer vacation and finds herself adopted as the mascot of a group of college boys who surf at Malibu. Romance and fun follow the group in all their beach shenanigans. 95 min. DVD 9671
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Dennis, Jeffery P. "How to stuff a wild bikini: the beach movies." In: Queering teen culture : all-American boys and same-sex desire in film and television / Jeffery P. Dennis. New York : Harrington Park Press, c2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Y6 D45 2006)
Gillogly, Brian L. "Happy 54th, Gidget!" Journal of Popular Culture. Aug2011, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p681-683. 3p UC users only
Kitson, Michael. "From Gidget to Surf Nazis Newcastle: The Genre of the Surfing Flick." Metro, Sep2008, Issue 158, p28-31, 4p UC users only
Nash, Ilana. "'Nowhere Else to Go': Gidget and the Construction of Adolescent Femininity." Feminist Media Studies, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 341-56, Nov 2002 UC users only
O'Brien, Kevin. "Gidget: Surfing the Illusory Wave of Change." Popular Culture Review, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 83-91, Aug 1995
Rutsky, R. L. "Surfing the Other: Ideology on the Beach." Film Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 12-23, Summer 1999 UC users only
Scheiner, Georganne "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee: Beyond a White, Teen Icon." (portrayal of social values in 1950's) Frontiers June 2001 v22 i2 p87(21) (9229 words) UC users only
Whitney, Allison. "Gidget Goes Hysterical." In: Sugar, spice, and everything nice : cinemas of girlhood / edited by Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.G57 S84 2002)

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Kenneth More, Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, Ronald Squire. A comedy/Western about a refined English gentleman who becomes sheriff of the toughest town this side of Tombstone and the blonde saloon owner who taught him how. Based on a short story by Jacob Hay. 56 min. DVD 133
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Jordan, Jessica Hope. The sex goddess in American film, 1930-1965 : Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield / Jessica Hope Jordan. Amherst, N.Y. : Cambria Press, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F44 J67 2009)
Saxton, Martha. Jayne Mansfield and the American fifties / Martha Saxton. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1975. (Pacific Film Archive PN2287.M34 S2 1975)

The Mouse That Roared (1959)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg. The Duchess and the Prime Minister (both played by Peter Sellers) of the tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick have come up with a brilliant plan to keep their country from going broke--make war on the United States, lose, then collect lots of American post-war aid. Their only mistake is not telling their invasion force leader (Sellers again, in chain mail!) that he's supposed to lose. 83 min. DVD X1047
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Evans, Peter. Peter Sellers; the mask behind the mask. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall [1968] (NRLF (UCB) PN2598.S44 E9 1968)
Sylvester, Derek. Peter Sellers New York : Proteus, 1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN2598.S44 .S9)

Pillow Talk (1959)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter. The unihibited story of a carefree bachelor and an interior decorator and the hilarious things that happen when they tangle. They share a party line over which they develop an intense dislike for one another. But when Brad matches Jan's voice to her face and figure, the events which follow give a new meaning to the phrase "All's fair in love and war." 103 min. DVD 8875
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin.": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only
Glitre, Kathrina. "There must be a boy! Doris Day and Rock Hudson." In:Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.
McCallum, E. L. "Mother Talk: Maternal Masquerade and the Problem of the Single Girl." Camera Obscura; Sep1999, Vol. 14 Issue 42, p71, 26pUC users only
McDonald, Tamar Jeffers. ""Very Little Wrist Movement": Rock Hudson Acts out Sexual Heterodoxy." Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 31, No 4 (2006) UC users only
Palmer, Lorrie. "Between a Rock and a Soft Place Queering/Queered Heterosexuality in "Career Girl" Films of the 1950s and '60s." Bright Lights Film Journal, November 2010 | Issue 70

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1959)
Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Spring Byington, Richard Haydn. When one of New York's top drama critics pans a good friend's show and its leading lady's performance, war is declared by both. The reviewer, his wife, four bratty kids, and their English sheepdog move to the country, but it does not solve the reviewer's problems. 111 min. DVD 8883
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Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin . . .": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only

Some Like it Hot (1959)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Joe E. Brown, George Raft, Pat O'Brien. In order to escape retaliation after they witness a gangland murder, two unemployed musicians disguse themselves as women and join an all-girl band headed to Miami. 121 min. DVD 939; vhs 999:362
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign Actor (Jack Lemmon)
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture, Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actor, Musical/Comedy (Jack Lemmon); Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy (Marilyn Monroe)
National Film Registry Selection

"Some Like It Hot." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)

1960-1969

The Bellboy (1960)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton. Stanley is just one in the small army of unsung heroes who keep the Hotel Fontainebleau in Miami Beach operating. Or at least, that's the goal. With Stanley on board, you can be sure that anything and everything will go wrong with side-splitting results. 72 min.DVD X7143
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
de Seife, Ethan. "From monkey to maudlin : Jerry Lewis in the films of Frank Tashlin." In: Film and television stardom / edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .F5425 2008)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

Cinderfella (1960)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Judith Anderson, Henrry Silva, Robert Hutton, Count Basie, Joe Williams, Anna Maria Alberghetti. In a posh Beverly Hills mansion, a kind-hearted soul named Fella works as a downtrodden houseboy for his evil stepmother and his two vain stepbrothers. The fairy godfather helps Fella go to the party where he sweeps visiting Princess Charming off her feet. That is until midnight when Fella loses a glass loafer and his spiffy convertible turns back into a bicycle. Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. 87 min. DVD X4178
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
de Seife, Ethan. "From monkey to maudlin : Jerry Lewis in the films of Frank Tashlin." In: Film and television stardom / edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .F5425 2008)
Ehrenstein, David. "Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis." In: Frank Tashlin / edited by Roger Garcia ; French co-editor, Bernard Eisenschitz. Locarno : Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno in collaboration with the British Film Institute, 1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T29.F7 1994)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. " Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)
Sikov, Ed. "Living Loony Tunes: The Art of Frank Tashlin." In: Laughing hysterically : American screen comedy of the 1950s / Ed Sikov. New York : Columbia University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 S49 1994)

Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Jackie Joseph, Jonathan Haze, Mel Welles, Jack Nicholson. In a flower shop's basement a timid employee discovers a ferocious, talking, rapidly-growing plant, which forces him to lure victims to satisfy its taste for human flesh. 70 min. DVD 4063; vhs 999:1680
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Noonan, Julie A. "'Little Shop of Horrors': Re-visioning the Future Through Pastiche and Science Fiction." Theatre Annual; 2003, Vol. 56, p113-129, 17p UC users only
Pharr, Mary. "Different Shops of Horrors: From Roger Corman's Cult Classic to Frank Oz's Mainstream Musical." In: Modes of the fantastic : selected essays from the twelfth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. (MAIN: PN56.F34 I58 1991)

Roger Corman bibliography

The Millionairess (1960)
Directed by Anthony Asquith. Cast: Peter Sellers, Sophia Loren, Alastair Sim, Vittorio De Sica, Dennis Price. In this comic film a beautiful, spoiled heiress has everything money can buy, except a husband. After a disastrous first marriage, she sets her sights on a dedicated but poor Indian doctor who has saved her from suicide. 90 min. DVD 818
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The Errand Boy (1961)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Howard McNear, Dick Wesson. Hired to act as the eyes and ears of a motion picture studio mogul, studio mail room clerk Morty is to roam the lot and report back with any questionable activities. But the shenanigans and hijinks he uncovers are ones of his own doing! 92 min. DVD X7166
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
Directed by Paul Wendkos. Cast: James Darren, Michael Callan, Deborah Walley, Vicki Trickett, Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass, Eddie Foy Jr. On vacation in Hawaii, Gidget conquers the boys on Waikiki with her looks and surfing prowess. 102 min. DVD 9671
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Gillogly, Brian L. "Happy 54th, Gidget!" Journal of Popular Culture. Aug2011, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p681-683. 3p UC users only
Scheiner, Georganne "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee: Beyond a White, Teen Icon." (portrayal of social values in 1950's) Frontiers June 2001 v22 i2 p87(21) (9229 words) UC users only

Gidget Goes to Rome (1961)
Directed by Paul Wendkos. Cast: James Darren, Cindy Carol, Jessie Royce Landis, Cesare Danova, Joby Baker. Gidget goes to Rome with boyfriend Moondoggie and their best friends. Gidget falls for an Italian dreamboat who turns out to be her father's wartime buddy who is keeping an eye on Gidget for her father. 101 min. DVD 9671
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Gillogly, Brian L. "Happy 54th, Gidget!" Journal of Popular Culture. Aug2011, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p681-683. 3p UC users only
Scheiner, Georganne "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee: Beyond a White, Teen Icon." (portrayal of social values in 1950's) Frontiers June 2001 v22 i2 p87(21) (9229 words) UC users only

The Ladies Man(1961)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman, Hope Holiday ; guest stars: Buddy Lester, George Raft, and Harry James and his band. Herbert is a confirmed bachelor and bumbler who finds a new job- houseboy in an all-female boarding house! 95 min. DVD X7158
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

Lover Come Back (1961)
Directed by Delbert Mann. Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Oakie, Jack Kruschen. Business gets mixed with pleasure when two advertising executives go after the same account. 117 min. DVD 8875
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Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin . . .": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only
The Enterprise Of Seduction: Sex and Selling in 'Lover Come Back'. Journal of Popular Film & Television 1995 22(4): 180-191 12p.UC users only
Glitre, Kathrina. "There must be a boy! Doris Day and Rock Hudson." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.
Palmer, Lorrie. "Between a Rock and a Soft Place Queering/Queered Heterosexuality in "Career Girl" Films of the 1950s and '60s." Bright Lights Film Journal, November 2010 | Issue 70

One Two Three (1961)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis. In one of his very best roles, Cagney plays C.R. MacNamara, a brash, top-ranking Pepsi-Cola executive stationed in West Berlin. When his boss's harebrained daughter falls in love and marries a fierce young Communist, Mac must break up the union or risk losing his chance for advancement. Before you can say "one, two, three," events are spinning out of control, and he is obliged to deal with ferocious Russians, heel-clicking Germans and his suspicious, exasperated wife. Based on the play "Egy, ketto, harom" by Ferenc Molnar. 110 min. DVD 1763; vhs 999:2702
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Billy Wilder bibliography

A Majority of One(1961)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Marc Marno, Gary Vinson, Sharon Hugueny. A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman (played by Alec Guinness) and widower, and a Jewish Brooklyn widow (Rosalind Russell) who meet in Toyko. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness. Based on the play by Leonard Spigelgass. 149 min. DVD X2918
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy (Rosalind Russell); Best Film Promoting International Understanding

The Parent Trap (1961)
Directed by David Swift. Cast: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Joanna Barnes, Una Merkel, Charlie Ruggles. Haley Mills plays two young girls who meet at a summer camp and discover that they are long-lost twin sisters. Reunited at last, the two concoct an outrageous scheme to switch places in a effort to rekindle the romance between their separated parents. Special features (Disc 2): "Caught in the act: the making-of 'The parent trap'"; "The Sherman brothers"--Featurette about the award-winning songwriters; "Let's get together" music video; "Whose the twin?: lost treasures; 1961 Disney Studio album; "Kimbal and Swift: the Disney years"--director David Swift interviews Disney animator Ward Kimbal; "Seeing double" special effects featurette; "Disney legend: Hayley Mills." 129 min. DVD 9449
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Broad, David B. "The Parent Trap: A Myth of the Reunited Self." Popular Culture Review, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 121-31, Feb 1995
Hamlett, Christina. "The Terrible Twos." Writers' Journal; May/Jun2010, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p6-9, 4p

Pocket Full of Miracles (1961)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy, David Brian, Sheldon Leonard ; introducing Ann-Margret. An aging apple seller poses as a wealthy grande dame to help her daughter marry into a legitimately wealthy family. A comic collection of gangsters help her in her charade. Based on a screenplay by Robert Riskin and a story by Damon Runyon. 137 min. DVD X5322
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Frank Capra bibliography

Tammy Tell Me True (1961)
Directed by Harry Keller. Cast: Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey, Julia Meade, Beulah Bondi, Cecil Kellaway, Edgar Buchanan, Gigi Perreau, Juanita Moore, Hayden Rorke, Ward Ramsey, Henry Corden. Tammy, a worldly-wise small-town gal, is in college when she helps a broken-hearted artist paint a happy future, teaches a haughty heiress that the Golden Rule is more precious than gold, and finds true love with a shy, handsome young professor. 97 min. DVD X4017
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Scheiner, Georganne "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee: Beyond a White, Teen Icon." (portrayal of social values in 1950's) Frontiers June 2001 v22 i2 p87(21) (9229 words) UC users only

My Geisha. (1962)
Directed by Jack Cardiff. Cast: Shirley McLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson. "Occasionally amusing comdey. McLaine is movie star who tries the hard way to convince husband-director Montand that she's right for his movie." (Maltin, 1993). She does this by impersonating a geisha--complete with horrendous accent and taped-back eyes. DVD 6811; vhs 999:1352
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Sheppard, W. Anthony. "Cinematic Realism, Reflexivity and the American 'Madame Butterfly' Narratives." Cambridge Opera Journal Vol. 17, No. 1 (Mar., 2005), pp. 59-93 UC users only
Watson, William Van. "The Metacinematic Butterfly: Giacomo Puccini, Shirley Maclaine, and Jack Cardiff's My Geisha." RLA: Romance Languages Annual, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 407-13, 1998

That Touch of Mink(1962)
Directed by Delbert Mann. Cast: Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young, Audrey Meadows, Alan Hewitt, John Astin, Richard Sargent, Joey Faye, Laurie Mitchell, John Fiedler, Willard Sage, Jack Livesey, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra. America's most eligible and richest bachelor makes the acquaintance of a naive country girl transplant to New York City by splashing mud all over the young lady. He sends his brilliant young financial advisor over to the automat, where her roommate is employed, to apologize unsuccessfully until the tycoon appears in person and charms the unemployed young lady into a date. Later, while on a trip in Bermuda she gets looped and breaks out in a rash. After a madcap romance they get married and when they return to Bermuda for their honeymoon, the groom has an attack of nerves and comes down with the blotches. 99 min. DVD X4456
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy

Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin.": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only

Zotz!(1962)
Produced and directed by William Castle. Cast: Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Fred Clark, Cecil Kellaway. Jonathan Jones is a language professor whose sedate life changes dramatically when he finds an ancient coin with magical powers. He attempts to make the secret available to the US government, but is brushed off as a lunatic. The discovery becomes the interest of foreign agents, who attempt to steal the secret any way they can. Based on the novel by Walter Karig. 86 min. DVD X2206
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Dr. Strangelove: or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Tracy Reed. Black comedy about a group of war-eager military men who plan a nuclear apocalypse. 93 min. DVD 61; VHS 999:43
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Awards & Honors

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best British Film; Best Film from any Source
National Film Registry Selection
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director

Irma La Douce (1963)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi, Bruce Yarnell, Herschel Bernardi. Nestor, business manager for a proud and profitable lady of the streets, unexpectedly falls in love with her. But she is in love with Nestor-in-disguise, who is playing the part of an elderly English nobleman. 143 min. DVD 1761
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Billy Wilder bibliography

The Nutty Professor (1963)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory. To improve his social life, a nerdish, near-sighted professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. 107 min. DVD X5291
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Liebman, Robert Leslie. " Rabbis or Rakes, Schlemiels or Supermen?: Jewish Identity in Charles Chaplin, Jerry Lewis and Woody Allen." Literature Film Quarterly; 1984, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p195, 7p UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. " Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Selig, Michael. "The nutty professor: a "problem" in film scholarship." Velvet Light Trap. (Fall 1990): p42 UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

Promises! Promises! (aka Promise Her Anything) (1963)
Directed by King Donovan. Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan, Mickey Hargitay, Fritz Feld. Jayne Mansfield bares almost all in this sex comedy. This sexy shipboard romp about two women who are pregnant but don't know which of the husbands is the father resulted in a headline-grabbing photo spread in Playboy magazine. This was the first movie in which a mainstream actress (Jayne Mansfield) appeared nude. Based on the play The plant by Edna Sheklow. 75 min. DVD X6060
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Tammy and the Doctor (1963)
Directed by Harry Keller. Cast: Sandra Dee, Peter Fonda, MacDonald Carey, Margaret Lindsay, Beulah Bondi, Reginald Owen, Alice Pearce, Adam West. Tammy travels to Los Angeles to become a nurse and turns the handsome young intern inside out with her unique bedside manner. 88 min. DVD X4017
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The Thrill of it All (1963)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews, Reginald Owen, Zasu Pitts. At a dinner party, Beverly Boyer, wife of an obstetrician and mother of two, tells the manufacturer of Happy soap about her experience with his product. Charmed by her spontaneity, he offers her a chance to tell her story in his commercials. After some hesitation, Beverly accepts and quickly changes from a housewife into a famous television personality, greatly irritating her husband Gerald. 108 min. DVD X7160; vhs 999:3841
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Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin.": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only

Disorderly Orderly (1964)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Glenda Farrell, Everett Sloane, Karen Sharpe, Kathleen Freeman, Susan Oliver, Del Moore, Alice Pearce, Milton Frome, John Macchia, Jack E. Leonard, Barbara Nichols. Poor Jerome Littlefield. He wants to be a doctor, but that's not exactly the perfect career choice when you're hopelessly squeamish. So he settles for the job of orderly at the Whitestone Sanitarium, a career move that's guaranteed to keep the patients, and the viewers, in stitches! The fun continues as the bumbling Jerome, a one-man disaster area, triggers chaos every time he tries to lend a helping hand. 89 min. DVD X7140
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
de Seife, Ethan. "From monkey to maudlin : Jerry Lewis in the films of Frank Tashlin." In: Film and television stardom / edited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .F5425 2008)
Ehrenstein, David. "Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis." In: Frank Tashlin / edited by Roger Garcia ; French co-editor, Bernard Eisenschitz. Locarno : Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno in collaboration with the British Film Institute, 1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T29.F7 1994)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)
Sikov, Ed. "Living Loony Tunes: The Art of Frank Tashlin." In: Laughing hysterically : American screen comedy of the 1950s / Ed Sikov. New York : Columbia University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 S49 1994)

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Cliff Osmond, Felicia Farr. Two would-be songwriters hijack Dino as he passes through their town. Their attempts to charm him into listening to their songs encounter a problem when one man's wife is the head of Martin's fan club. A substitute wife is hired to help lure the carousing star into a song-buying mood but things do not exactly work out as planned. 125 min. DVD 1762
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The Patsy (1964)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Ina Balin, Everett Sloane, Phil Harris, Keenan Wynn, Peter Lorre, John Carradine, Hans Conried, Richard Deacon, Buddy Lester. When a top comedian is killed in a plane crash, his sycophants try to groom a bellhop (Stanley Belt) into taking his place, but he can't do anything right. The big TV show is getting closer, and Stanley keeps getting worse all the time. 101 min. DVD X7163
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

The Pink Panther (1964)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Brenda De Bangie, Colin Gordon, Fran Jeffries, Claudia Cardinale. A bumbling, disaster-prone inspector invades a Swiss ski resort and becomes obsessed with capturing a jewel thief hoping to lift the legendary 'Pink Panther' diamond. 115 min. DVD 8838
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Lehman, Peter. Blake Edwards / by Peter Lehman & William Luhr. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .E27)
"A Tribute to Blake Edwards." Screening the Past, Issue 30, 2011

Send Me No Flowers (1964)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Hal March, Paul Lynde, Edward Andrews, Patricia Barry, Clint Walker. When he overhears a doctor discussing the imminent death of a patient, hypochondriac George believes the doctor is referring to him. Convinced he's living on borrowed time, he enlists his best friend Arnold to help him find a new husband for his soon-to-be-widowed wife Judy. 100 min. DVD 8875
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Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only
Glitre, Kathrina. "There must be a boy! Doris Day and Rock Hudson." In: Hollywood romantic comedy : states of the union, 1934-65 / Kathrina Glitre. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2006.

A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Director, Blake Edwards. Cast: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom. The bumbling Inspector Clouseau's attempt to prove the innocence of a voluptuous French maid, the prime suspect in a series of bizarre murders, leads him to a nudist colony and the Parisian mansion of a French millionaire. Based upon the stage play by Harry Kurnitz, from the play [L'idiote] by Marcel Achard. Produced on the stage by Leland Hayward. 103 min. DVD X5683
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Lehman, Peter. Blake Edwards / by Peter Lehman & William Luhr. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .E27)
"A Tribute to Blake Edwards." Screening the Past, Issue 30, 2011

Cat Ballou(1965)
Director Elliot Silverstein. Cast: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Nat King Cole, Stubby Kaye. Cat(herine) Balou's family farm is being threatened by the railroad. She hires a has-been gunfighter Kid Shelleen, but finds him to be the drunkest gunfighter in the West. When her father is killed by the railroad magnate's gunman, she vowes to fight on. 96 min. DVD X857
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Awards

Academy Award: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Lee Marvin)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Lee Marvin)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign Actor (Lee Marvin)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Lee Marvin)

The Family Jewels (1965)
Directed by Jerry Lewis. Cast: Jerry Lewis, Donna Butterworth, Sebastian Cabot. A child heiress whose father has died has to choose a new father from among five uncles who are all anxious to adopt her. Comic vertuoso Lewis plays seven parts in this film. 99 min.DVD X7167
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Dale, Alan S. "Jerry Lewis: The Once and Future King of Comedy." In: Comedy is a man in trouble : slapstick in American movies / Alan Dale. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 D35 2000)
Fujiwara, Chris. Jerry Lewis / Chris Fujiwara. Urbana ; Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Moffitt PN1998.3.L46825 F85 2009)
Krutnik, Frank. "Jerry Lewis: The Deformation of the Comic." Film Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 12-26 UC users only
Polan, Dana. "Being and Nuttiness: Jerry Lewis and the French." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring84, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p42-46, 5p, UC users only
Rapf, Joanna E. "Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis." Journal of Popular Culture; Summer93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p191-203, 13p UC users only
Shaviro, Steven. "Comedies of Abjection: Jerry Lewis." In: The cinematic body / Steven Shaviro. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .S484 1993)

The Loved One (1965)
Directed by Tony Richardson. Cast: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer with cameo guest stars Dana Andrews, Milton Berle, James Coburn, John Gielgud, Tab Hunter, Margaret Leighton, Liberace, Roddy McDowall, Robert Morley, Barbara Nichols, Lionel Stander, Rod Steiger. A bemused would-be poet gets himself entangled with an unctuous cemetery entrepreneur, a mom-obsessed mortician and other bizarre characters. 121 min. DVD 5762
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Edington, K. "The Hollywood Novel: American Dream, Apocalyptic Vision." Literature Film Quarterly; 1995, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p63, 5p UC users only
McCaffrey, Donald W. "The Loved One-An Irreverant Invective, Dark Film Comedy." Literature Film Quarterly; 1983, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p83, 5p UC users only
Phillips, Gene D. "Novelist versus Filmmaker: Richardson's Adaptations of Faulkner's Sanctuary (1961) and Waugh's Loved One (1965)." In: The cinema of Tony Richardson: essays and interviews Edited by James M. Welsh and John C. Tibbetts ; foreword by Jocelyn Herbert. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, c1999. (Main Stack; PFA PN1998.3.R53.C56 1999)

Marriage on the Rocks (1965)
Director, Jack Donohue. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin. Dan and Valerie plan a romantic second honeymoon to put the spark back in their relationship. While in Mexico, they find themselves accidentally divorced. Then, Valerie gets marries her husband's bachelor best friend in order to make him jealous. 109 min. DVD X1495
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Once Upon a Coffee House(1965)
Directed by Shepard Traube. Cast: Curtis Taylor, Karen Thorsell, Oscar Brand, The Goldbriars, Joan Rivers, The Free Wheelers, Deanna Lund. Square playboy Jonathan Peabody trades Madison Avenue for fun in the sun when he buys a Miami coffeehouse. He relentlessly pursues the beautiful Vicki Shaw, who sings at the coffee house. Jonathan falls in with her beatnik friends, with their penchant for tight clothing, bongos, horseback riding and caffeine. His quest to win Vicki's heart becomes surreal during a hallucinatory dream in which Jonathan imagines himself in a ballet as her pet dog - in need of punishment for bad behavior! Bonus features: Simon and Garfunkel: live in Holland, 1966. 79 min. DVD X5233
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The Tender Trap (1965)
Director, Charles Walters. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, Celeste Holm with Jarma Lewis, Lola Albright, Carolyn Jones, Howard St. John, Joey Faye, Tom Helmore, Willard Sage.. Dan and Valerie plan a romantic second honeymoon to put the spark back in their relationship. Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent who is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with Charlie's girl Sylvia while Charlie spends his time with young actress Julie. Based on the play by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith. 111 min. DVD X1497
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A Thousand Clowns (1965)
Director, Fred Coe. Cast: Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam. A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward when he is investigated by a beautiful social worker. Based on the original play by Herb Gardner. 114 min. DVD X7211
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A Very Special Favor (1965)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: Rock Hudson, Leslie Caron, Walter Slezak, Dick Shawn, Larry Storch, Nita Talbot. The war of the sexes heats up when a sleek businessman (Rock Hudson) attempts to seduce an attractive psychiatrist (Leslie Caron) who seems immune to his charms. 105 min. DVD 8144
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What's New Pussycat (1965)
Directed by directed by Clive Donner. Cast: Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss, Woody Allen. Michael James, a notorious womanizer, desperately wants to be faithful to his fiancée Carole, but runs into serious problems since every woman he meets seems to fall in love with him. His psychoanalyst Dr. Fassbender can't help him either since he's busy courting one of his patients who in turn longs for Michael. A catastrophe appears on the horizon as all the characters check into the Chateau Chantelle hotel for the weekend not knowing of each other's presence. A 'zany blend of slapstick gags and madcap comedy' this hilarious romp, starring Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, and Woody Allen in his acting and screenwriting debut, is one of the wildest, wackiest films to emerge from the swingin' 60's. 109 min. DVD X3363
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The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West. A TV cameraman, trampled by a half-back while shooting a football game, and his shyster brother-in-law team up to defraud an insurance company in a million dollar law suit. 126 min. DVD 1760
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Supporting Actor (Walter Matthau)

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Directed by Richard Lester. Cast: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Buster Keaton. A bawdy comedy set in early Rome concerning a slave who can win his freedom if he can hook up his innocent young master with the virgin courtesan next door. 98 min. DVD 623; VHS 999:232
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Malamud, Margaret. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Brooklyn: Roman Comedy on Broadway and in Film." Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics. 8 (3): 33-51. 2001 Winter.

The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
Directed by Frank Tashlin. Cast: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey, John McGiver, Paul Lynde, Edward Andrews, Eric Fleming, Dom De Luise, Dick Martin. When colleagues think she's an espionage agent, a Girl Friday at a top-secret aeronautics think-tank chaotically sets out to clear her name. 110 min. DVD 8877
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Bingham, Dennis. ""Before She Was a Virgin . . .": Doris Day and the Decline of Female Film Comedy in the 1950s and 1960s." Cinema Journal. Spring 2006. Vol. 45, Iss. 3; p. 3 (29 pages) UC users only
Frank Tashlin / edited by Roger Garcia ; French co-editor, Bernard Eisenschitz. Locarno : Éditions du Festival international du film de Locarno in collaboration with the British Film Institute, 1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T29.F7 1994)
Hodgens, R. M. "The Glass Bottom Boat" Film Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Autumn, 1966), p. 59 UC users only
Holliday, Laura Scott. "Kitchen Technologies: Promises and Alibis, 1944-1966." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 16, no. 47 [2], pp. 79-131, 2001 UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "Tashlinesque." In: Essential cinema : on the necessity of film canons / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1994 .R5684 2004)
Sikov, Ed. "Living Loony Tunes: The Art of Frank Tashlin." In: Laughing hysterically : American screen comedy of the 1950s / Ed Sikov. New York : Columbia University Press, c1994. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C55 S49 1994)

The Russans Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, Theodore Bikel, Paul Ford. The story focuses on the riotous confusion created when a Russian submarine gets stuck on a New England sandbar and the landing crew goes ashore for help -- only to be mistaken for an invasion force by the over-imaginative townspeople. 26 min. DVD 1869
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Alan Arkin)

Shaw, Tony. "The Russans Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966): Reconsidering Hollywood's Cold War 'Turn' of the 1960's." Film History, 2010, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p235-250, 16p
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What's Up Tiger Lily (1966)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Tatsuya Mihashi, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama. This is a satiric look at James Bond-style international spy dramas seen through the wacky eyes of comic genius, Woody Allen. The original dialogue has been removed from a Japanese film and rewritten to present an espionage comedy involving an international plot to steal the best egg-salad recipe in the world. 80 min. DVD X1934
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You're a Big Boy Now (1966)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Elizabeth Hartman, Geraldine Page, Peter Kastner, Rip Torn, Michael Dunn, Tony Bill, Karen Black, Julie Harris. Tells the story of a virginal young man growing into manhood, not so much through his own efforts as those about him. This film was Francis Ford Coppola's Master thesis for the UCLA Film School. Based on a novel by David Benedictus. 97 min. DVD X6021
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The Absent Minded Professor(1967)
Director Robert Stevenson. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk. A college professor accidently invents flying rubber, or "Flubber", an anti-gravity substance and equips his Model T and his college's basketball player's shoes with it. He tries to convince the Pentagon of its value but has problems with a local crook who wants to profit from the idea. Based on a story by Samuel W. Taylor. 96 min. DVD X2756
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The Fearless Vampire Killers: or Pardon me, But Your Teeth are in My Neck (USA / UK, 1967)
Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Jack MacGowran, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass, Ferdy Mayne. This spoof on old vampire films finds a young maiden kidnapped by a Jewish vampire and his gay son. 111 min. DVD 8548
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Play Time (1967)
Directed by Jacques Tati. See French cinema

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)
Directed by Hy Averback. Cast: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young, Joyce Van Patten. One day you're a career 9-to-5er with a pending marriage, and then next you know, you chuck it all for beads, bell-bottoms and free love. This is the life of Harold Fine, a dedicated lawyer about to become a more dedicated dropout. 94 min. DVD 5898
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Son of Flubber(1967)
Director Robert Stevenson. Cast: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn ... [et al.]. In this sequel to "The absent minded-Professor," Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of flubber hasn't quite brought him - or his college - the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of flubbergas, which can change the weather. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game. 103 min. DVD X2756
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The Impossible Years(1968)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Cast: David Niven, Lola Albright, Chad Everett, Ozzie Nelson. An upbeat comedy that bridges the generation gap about the hazards of raising teenagers. Niven is a psychiatrist working at a university. His speciality is teenage problems, and he is stunned to learn that his teenage daughter has been arrested for protesting on campus. This is anathema, so Niven attempts to straighten her out. Based on the play by Bob Fisher and Arthur Marx. 98 min. DVD X6044
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The Producers (1968)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Andreas Voutsinas, Christopher Hewett, Lee Meredith. Off-beat comedy which revolves around efforts of a theatrical producer (Zero Mostel) and a neurotic accountant (Gene Wilder) to make a fortune from a flop show which unexpectedly becomes a success when the audience mistakes it for satire. 89 min. DVD 1913; vhs 999:3221
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon. Bob and his wife Carol are a sophisticated California couple who attend a secluded institute for group therapy. Their original intention is to merely observe, but they become so involved that they decide to test the strength of their marital trust and honesty by experimenting with mutually tolerated affairs. Ted and Alice are their closest friends who find themselves continually amused at the lastest Bob & Carol sexual adventures until finally they are invited to liberate themselves in a one-bed menage a quatre. 105 min. DVD X5016
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Farber, Stephen. "Couples." Hudson Review 23:1 (1970:Spring) p.103 UC users only

Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Directed by Larry Peerce. Cast: Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw, Jack Klugman. Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw, Jack Klugman, Nan Martin. A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different. She is the archetypical Jewish-American-Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents world and the world they have created for her while he is much less dependent on his family. They begin an affair which brings more differences to the surface. Based on the novella by Philip Roth. 105 min. DVD 8370; vhs 999:2403
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Lewis, Cherie S. "Philip Roth on the Screen." Studies in American Jewish Literature, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 204-211, Fall 1989. UC users only

Putney Swope (1969)
Directed by Robert Downey. Cast: Arnold Johnson, Laura Greene, Buddy Butler, Anthony Fargas, Vincent Hamill, Lawrence Wolfe. A comical satire which charts the rise and fall of a Madison Avenue advertising agency previously controlled by Whites which is taken over by Blacks who are dedicated to the downfall of the White Establishment. The picture is mostly a parade of vignettes, dealing with people and campaigns of the advertising world. 85 min. DVD 8923
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Take the Money and Run (1969)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Allen, Janet Margolin. Woody Allen plays Virgil Starkwell, a compulsive thief who can't manage to pull off a caper without things going hilariously haywire. 86 min. DVD 106
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1970-1979

M*A*S*H (1970)
Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall. Highlights the outrageous antics of three skilled young surgeons drafted from civilian life and assigned to a unit of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. 117 min. DVD 999; DVD 7590; also vhs 999:438
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Picture, Musical/Comedy
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
National Film Registry Selection

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
Directed by Bud Yorkin. Cast: Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith, Jack MacGowran, Billie Whitelaw, Victor Spinetti, Orson Welles. In the middle of the 18th century two sets of twins are mis-matched at birth only to be reunited on the eve of the French Revolution. The problem is that the twins are members of both the peasant and aristocratic classes. Their meeting, their mixup and the mistaken identities would ultimately constitute one of the most tumultuous events in modern history. 91 min. DVD 4264
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Watermelon Man (1970)
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Cast: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, Mantan Moreland. Comedy concerning a white suburban bigoted insurance man who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a black man. Now he is a white bigot in black skin who has to contend with a shocked wife, his kids, angry neighbors, cold shoulders at the office and a back seat on the bus. 97 min. DVD X4013; vhs 999:1170
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Chaffin-Quiray, Garrett. "'You Bled My Mother, You Bled My Father, But You Won't Bleed Me': The Underground Trio of Melvin van Peebles." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Sc London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Lott, Eric. "White Like Me: Racial Cross-Dressing and the Construction of American Whiteness." In: Cultures of United States imperialism / Amy Kaplan and Donald E. Pease, editors. Durham : Duke University Press, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt E179.5 .C96 1993)

Bananas (1971)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalban. Absurd humor borders on insanity as a tester of strange gadgets quits his Manhattan job and flees to South America to eventually become leader of a rebel army in a mythical Latin American banana republic, San Marco. 83 min. DVD 224; VHS 999:937
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The Hospital (1971)
Directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes, Richard Dysart, Stephen Elliott.In a large metropolitan hospital the patients die of neglect, the interns chase the nurses, the head of the hospital contemplates suicide and there's someone killing off the staff. This blackest of black comedies and blisteringly funny satire confirms the worst suspicions and fears about contemporary hospitals. 265 min. 2 tapes. DVD X5520; vhs 999:2171
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A New Leaf (1971)
Director, Elaine May. Cast: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, James Coco, William Redfield. A suddenly broke middle-aged playboy plots to marry and murder a frumpy, clumsy, and socially awkward botany teacher who happens to be heir to a fortune. 102 min. 999:3410
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Pink Angels (1971)
Directed by Larry G. Brown. Cast: John Alderman, Tom Basham, Dan Haggerty, Robert Biheller Six rugged motorcyclists gather on the side of the highway to plan an excursion to Los Angeles. Although they appear to be the burliest bunch of bikers this side of the Hell's Angels, they are actually cross-dressing madmen with an affinity for lipstick, high heels and braziers. A comic satire of biker films with a grotesque ending. 81 min. DVD X3142
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Taking Off (1971)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel, Tony Harvey, Audra Lindley, Paul Benedict. Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life. 89 min. DVD X4936
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Trafic (1971)
Directed by Jacques Tati. See French cinema

Avanti! (1972)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews. A stuffy Baltimore millionaire falls in love with the daughter of his late father's mistress when he comes to Italy to claim the old man's body after he dies in an automobile accident. 144 min. DVD 1759
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, Louise Lasser, Anthony Quayle, Tony Randall, Lynn Redgrave, Burt Reynolds, Gene Wilder. A comedy divided into seven segments, each dealing with a sexual question or concern derived from one of Dr. Reuben's questions. 89 min. DVD 225
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Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach. A neurotic film buff periodically takes advice about building relationships with women from a recurring hallucination of Humphrey Bogart. Portions are a parody of the film, Casablanca. 85 min. DVD 1770; vhs 999:808
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The Ruling Class (1972)
Director, Peter Medak. Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Michael Bryant, Nigel Green. A member of the House of Lords dies in a shockingly silly way, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son is insane: he thinks he is Jesus Christ. He is "cured" of that affliction, only to become Jack the Ripper incarnate, a blood thirsty Tory who is therefore sane and eminently acceptable to the House of Lords. An irreverant look at Britain's class system, that peers behind the closed doors of the aristocracy. 154 min. DVD 904
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Travels with My Aunt(1972)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Lou Gossett, Robert Stephens, Robert Flemyng, José Luis López Vázquez. Aunt Augusta, a spirited woman of indeterminate years, sets off on a series of European adventures with her stodgy, middle-aged nephew Henry. The once shy Henry is transformed into a virile, vibrant man while his aunt shows him the stylish, graceful lifestyle of her swindling, smuggling and hustling schemes. Based upon the novel by Graham Greene. 109 min. DVD X7117; vhs 999:3895
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What's Up, Doc?(1972)
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton. A free-spirited woman picks up a befuddled musicologist who has a red plaid traveling bag like hers. Two other hotel guests also own identical bags, one holding jewelry, and the other, top secret government documents. When the bags get mixed up, the result is hilarious chaos. Special features: Scene selections; interactive menus; commentary by Barbra Streisand; feature-length audio commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich; featurette: screwball comedies ... remember them?; theatrical trailer. 94 min. DVD X3656
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Paper Moon (1973)
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman. Orphaned Addie is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray, who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie. Later Moses runs afoul of a bootlegger and is nearly beaten to death by the criminal's twin-brother sheriff. Painfully pulling himself together, Moses gets Addie to her relatives, whereupon she adamantly refuses to leave his side. Based on the novel "Addie Pray" by Joe David Brown 102 min. DVD 7684
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress (Tatum O'Neal)
Golden Globes - Most Promising Newcomer - Female (Tatum O'Neal)

Parade (1973)
Directed by Jacques Tati. See French cinema

Sleeper (1973)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Health food store owner Miles Monroe enters the hospital in 1973 for a minor ulcer operation only to wake up 200 years later after being frozen. As Miles tries to adjust to his new environment he is programmed; de-programmed; chased by Big Brother-like police; falls in love with Luna, a ridiculous underground poet; and becomes part of a rebel band determined to stop scientists from cloning the world dictator. 88 min. DVD 229; VHS 999:739
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Amazing Grace (1974)
Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: Moms Mabley, Slappy White, Moses Gunn, James Karen, George Lee Miles, Gary Bolling, Dolph Sweet, Jon Richards, Stepin Fetchit, Butterfly McQueen. A black pious church-going widow and grandmother takes over the political campaign of a neighbor running for mayor of Baltimore, transforming him from a white man's pawn into a serious challenger of Baltimore's blue-blood establishment. 97 min. DVD 3499
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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Claude Ennis Starrett Jr., Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman. In this spoof on western films the new sheriff and his sidekick, retired gunfighter Waco Kid, protect the town of Rock Ridge from the men who want to run the railroad through the town. DVD includes a new, exclusive 55-minute interview with Mel Brooks. 148 min. DVD 891
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Harry and Tonto (1974)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Larry Hagman, Chief Dan George. Comedy about a man evicted from his apartment who decides to take his cat, Tonto, and head cross country to live with one of his children. He has many 'encounters' with an assortment of people he meets on the way. 115 min. DVD X7126; vhs 999:3828
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actor (Art Carney)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actor, Musical/Comedy (Art Carney)

Saturday Night at the Baths (1974)
Director, David Buckley. Cast: Robert Aberdeen, Don Scotti, Ellen Sheppard. A young man takes a job playing piano at a New York City bathhouse and realizes that he is gay. 86 min. DVD X3655
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Young Frankenstein (1974)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Madeline Kahn, Gene Hackman. Summoned to Transylvania to inherit his late grandfather's castle, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers his grandfather's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchbacked Igor and the curvaceous Inga, he creates a monster who only wants to be loved. Special DVD features: Mel Brooks' audio commentary, documentary: "Making Frankensense of young Frankenstein", interviews with stars Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder & Cloris Leachman, 7 deleted scenes, outtakes/bloopers and production stills. 106 min. DVD X463
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Awards & Honors
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Horror Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Marty Feldman)
National Film Registry Selection

Hess, Judith W. "Young Frankenstein: Some Things Just Aren't Funny." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 6, pp. 12, Mar 1975 UC users only

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Love and Death (1975)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Boris Grushenko, a timid soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, becomes entangled in a plot to assassinate Napoleon and after a hilarious confrontation with the Angel of Death, finds himself facing a firing squad. 82 min. DVD 227; VHS 999:824
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Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick. A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof, this film begins when a couple of ordinary, clean-cut kids have car trouble one dark rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. 100 min. DVD 5692; vhs 999:1002
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National Film Registry Selection

The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. Cast: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith, Carol Arthur, Rosetta Le Noire, F. Murray Abraham. Two feuding vaudeville comedians who toured the country for 43 years as The Sunshine Boys are reunited after years apart to make a television commercial. Based on the play by Neil Simon. Special features: Commentary by Richard Benjamin, featurette The lion roars again, theatrical trailer. 111 min. DVD X3756
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Awards
Academy Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor (George Burns)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Walter Matthau); Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture (Richard Benjamin)

Car Wash(1976)
Director Michael Schultz. Cast: George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Professor Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, the Pointer Sisters. An irreverent but affectionate look at a typical day in a Los Angeles car wash. But what a day! There's a would-be robbery and an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest characters you've ever met and lots of booty-bumping music to pass the hours. 97 min. DVD 2573
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Silent Movie(1976)

Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar, Harold Gould, Ron Carey, Bernadette Peters. Cameo performances: Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Anne Bancroft. A has-been movie director (Mel Brooks) intends to make a comeback by making a silent movie, and in the process, save his film studio from a takeover by a New York-based conglomerate. The gags are written out in the form of intertitles. 87 min. DVD X805
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Annie Hall (1977)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon. A romantic and sensitive comedy revolving around the diverse and diverting relationships of two nervous New Yorkers, Alvie Singer and Annie Hall. 99 min. DVD 56; VHS 999:263

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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Fun With Dick and Jane (1977)
Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Cast: George Segal, Jane Fonda, Ed McMahon, Richard Gautier, Allan Miller. Dick Harper and his wife have always lived way beyond their means. Just because Dick has just lost his high-paying job is no reason for Jane to stop spending like there's no tomorrow. To make ends meet, Dick and Jane take up a new career: burglary. 95 min. 999:3835
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Hardware Wars(1977)
Directed by Ernie Fosselius. Cast: Frank Robertson, Scott Mathews, Geoff Hale, Cindy Furgatch, Bob Knickerbocker, Ernie Fosselius. Voices: Sonny Buddy Jr., Cindy Furgatch, Walt Kraemer, Ernie Fosselius. A spoof of the space epic, Star Wars, created with special effects made from household appliances available in any hardware store. Features flying toasters in pursuit of a flatiron space station and a robot vacuum cleaner who foils the supreme force of evil. 60 min. DVD X1087
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High Anxiety (1977)

Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey, Howard Morris, Dick Van Patten. Mel Brooks portrays Dr. Richard Thorndyke, a neurotic psychiatrist with acrophobia who is unable to fulfill his aspirations to "derring-do," in this satire of Hitchcock thrillers. 94 min. DVD X804
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(National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: John Belushi, Donald Sutherland, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Cesare Danova, Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon. In this spoof of 1960's college life, members of the Delta fraternity offend the straight-arrow people on campus in a comedy which irreverently mocks college traditions. 109 min. DVD 1874
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Twelve Chairs(1977)

Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Mel Brooks. When a former aristocrat who is now a Russian clerk under the new Soviet regime learns that his dying mother-in-law sewed a fortune of family jewels into one of twelve dining room chairs, he sets off across Russia to find it--with an opportunist, a priest and his former servant all in pursuit. 94 min. DVD X806
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California Suite (1978)
Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor, Maggie Smith. Five couples have come to the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles for diverse reasons, and they must all confront some rather amusing personal dilemmas. 103 min. DVD 6066
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Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Directed by Warren Beatty, Buck Henry. Cast: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Jack Warden. In this romantic fantasy a Los Angeles Rams quarterback accidently goes to heaven after a car accident, and returns to earth in the body of a wealthy corporate giant. Here he has to cope with a beautiful Englishwoman, a treacherous wife and a scheming secretary. 112 min. DVD 552
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Foreign Language Film -Best Fantasy Film; Best Actor (Warren Beatty); Best Supporting Actress (Dyan Cannon)
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy; Best Actor, Musical/Comedy (Warren Beatty); Best Supporting Actress (Dyan Cannon)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
Director, Ted Kotcheff. Cast: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley. A fast-food tycoon, his ex-wife and a gourmet magazine publisher are involved in a fast and funny murder mystery. The publisher is ordered by his doctor to give up his favorite dishes to lose weight, and one by one the creators of those dishes are murdered- in the manner of their specialties! 112 min. DVD X3935
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The Rutles (1978)
Directed by Gary Weis and Eric Idle. Cast: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Rikki Fataar, Neil Innes; special appearances by Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ron Wood, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and others. Rutland Weekend Television takes a look at the Pre-fab Four: Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty; better known as the Rutles. This mockumentary, a parody of Beatlemania and the many serious documentaries made about the Beatles, follows the career of the Rutles from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg's infamous Rat-Keller, to their amazing worldwide success. 73 min. DVD 3180
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Being There (1979)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart. Circumstances propel a feeble-minded gardener, whose entire knowledge of life comes from watching television, into becoming adviser to a powerful but dying tycoon. Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski. 130 min. DVD 9640
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James, Nick. "Being There." Sight and Sound, vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 6-9, Fall 1997.
Lupack, Barbara Tepa. "Chance Encounters: Bringing Being There to the Screen." In: Critical essays on Jerzy Kosinski / edited by Barbara Tepa Lupack. New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998. (Main Stack PS3561.O8.Z62 1998)
Lupack, Barbara Tepa. "Hit or Myth: Jerzy Kosinski's Being There." New Orleans Review, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 58-68, Summer 1986.
Willson, Robert F., Jr."Being There at the End." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 59-65, 1981.

The Frisco Kid (1979)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford. A innocent Polish rabbi travels through 1850s America toward his new congregation and wife in San Francisco. Along the way, he forms an uneasy alliance with an inept bank robber and the two cut a pratfall-filled path across the wild west. 119 min. DVD 5972
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Manhattan (1979)
Directed by Woody Allen Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne. Woody Allen portrays Isaac Davis, a successful comedy writer whose wife, having left him for another woman, is now embarking on writing a book about their failed marriage. 96 min. DVD 228
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Awards & Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director
National Film Registry Selection

Real Life: An American Comedy (1979)
Directed by Albert Brooks. Cast: Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J.A. Preston, Matthew Tobin, Albert Brooks. In this wickedly funny satire, Albert Brooks plays an arrogant and self-centered comedian who has decided to make a documentary film. This mockumentary presents a hilarious account of what happens to a typical American family in Phoenix when a group of filmmakers, psychiatrists and sociologists move in with them to record their "real life". 98 min. DVD 3183
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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
Directed by Allan Arkush. Cast: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, The Ramones. Comedy set in a high school where the students have the lowest academic average in Southern California, the athletes haven't won a game in years, and three principals have gone insane. Features scenes of a concert by the Ramones. Music by the Ramones, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, Chuyck Berry, Velvet Underground. 93 min. DVD 912
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1980-1989

Airplane! (1980)
Directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves. In this spoof of disaster movies, Ted Striker, an ex-Navy pilot, just got dumped by his long-time girlfriend Elaine Dickinson, who works as a stewardess. In his wish to get her back, he follows her aboard a plane, although he has had a deep aversion against anything winged since he lost several men in the war. During flight, he tries to make up with her again and again, but a crisis looms as the crew and many passengers get seriously ill due to a bad fish meal. Now, it is up to him to land the airplane safely, before the poisoning starts causing casualties. But Ted Striker's aversion to piloting is a serious psychosis, which needs to be cured--right now. 87 min. DVD 4976
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson, Steve Lawrence, The Blues Brothers Band. Jake and Elwood Blues, two hoodlum brothers searching for redemption, set out to locate and reenlist the members of their defunct rhythm and blues band in to raise some honest money to save an orphanage. They may be on a "mission from God," but they're making enemies everywhere they go. 148 min. DVD 1563
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Stir Crazy (1980)
Director, Sidney Poitier. Cast: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, George Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams. Two zany drifters are mistakenly sent to prison for a robbery they didn't commit. In prison they find they must rely on their wits in order to survive a sadistic warden, a hulking mass-murderer and worst of all, the inter-prison rodeo. 107 min. DVD 1308
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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (US /UK, 1980)
Directed by Piers Haggard; Richard Quine (uncredited); Peter Sellers (uncredited). Cast: Peter Sellers, Helen Mirren, Sid Caesar. Inspector Nayland Smith matches wits with the nefarious 168-year-old Fu Manchu, who plots to kidnap a member of the royal family in order to get the diamonds needed to manufacture his elixir of youth. 100 min. DVD X6036
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Barger, Lilian Calles. "Backlash: From Nine To Five to The Devil Wears Prada." Women's Studies, Apr/May2011, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p336-350, 15p UC users only
Baron, James R. "(Nine) 9 to 5" as Aristophanic comedy.Detail Only Available Bucknell Review, 1991, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p232-250, 19p
Slavitz, Ellen. "Pink-Collar Guerillas." Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Jan1981, Vol. 6 Issue 5, p24-29, 2p
Sohn, Ira. "Sexism and Class Oppression." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 27, pp. 71, 1982 July

Stir Crazy (1980)
Director, Sidney Poitier. Cast: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, George Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams. Two zany drifters are mistakenly sent to prison for a robbery they didn't commit. In prison they find they must rely on their wits in order to survive a sadistic warden, a hulking mass-murderer and worst of all, the inter-prison rodeo. 107 min. DVD 1308
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History of the World, Part 1 (1981)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Ron Carey, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson, Andreas Voutsinas, Shecky Greene, Sid Caesar, Mary-Margaret Humes. A humorous look at the ages of man. Includes eras through the French Revolution and some parts of history that never quite made it into the textbooks. 93 min. DVD X807; vhs 999:3845
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Brooks, Mel. Mel Brooks History of the world, part I / written by Mel Brooks ; visual consultant, Jeff Smith. New York, N.Y. : Warner Books, c1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .H53)

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
Directed by Carl Reiner. Cast: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Reni Santoni, Carl Reiner. Private eye Rigby Reardon investigates the death of a wealthy scientist with a little help from his "friends." Searching for answers, Rigby encounters assorted low-lifes: dangerous men and women who were the hallmarks of the classic detective movies of the 40's and 50's. Filming in black and white allows scenes from old movies to be cut into this film. It is through this process that Rigby's assistant is none other than Philip Marlowe himself. 89 min. DVD X865
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Eating Raoul (1982)
Directed by Paul Bartel. Cast: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley, Jr., Buck Henry. Paul and Mary live in an apartment complex in L.A. that is being mistaken for a swingers establishment. One day Paul finds Mary fighting off a swinger and hits him with a frying pan. Their dreams of running a small restaurant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide how to dispose of the body. 83 min. DVD 2574
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Corliss, R. "Eating Raoul." Time v. 120 (October 4 1982) p. 82
Bartel, P. "Paul Bartel's guilty pleasures." {Eating Raoul}. Film Comment v. 18 (September/October 1982) p. 60-2
"Eating Raoul." Film Comment v. 17 (July/August 1981) p. 6+
Kroll, J. "Eating Raoul." Newsweek v. 100 (October 11 1982) p. 103

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, Robert Romanus, Ray Walston, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker. Twenty-four-year old first-time screenwriter Cameron Crowe went undercover in early 1980s as a high school student to glean an insider's perspective on the struggles of teenagers as they dealt with independence, success, sexuality, money, maturity, school, and particularly with just making it through the formative years. 92 min. DVD 6058; vhs 999:3085
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Lev, Peter. "Teen Films: American Graffiti, Cooley High, Animal House, Diner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High." In: American films of the 70s : conflicting visions / Peter Lev. Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 L44 2000)
Palmer, William J. "Teen Films." In: The films of the seventies : a social history / by William J. Palmer. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.P341 1987; Moffitt PN1995.9.S6.P34 1987)
Schwind, Jean. "Cool Coaching at Ridgemont High." Journal of Popular Culture; Dec2008, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p1012-1032, 21pUC users only
Speed, Lesley. "A World Ruled by Hilarity: Gender and Low Comedy in the Films of Amy Heckerling." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 22, 2002 Sept-Oct UC users only

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Jekyll and Hyde Together Again (1982)
Directed by Jerry Belson. Cast: Mark Blankfield, Bess Armstrong, Tim Thomerson, Krista Errickson, Michael McGuire. Inside the antiseptic walls of a Los Angeles hospital a surgeon, Dr. Jekyll, noses around and discovers the secret to man's alter ego in a white powder. Nodding off one day, Dr. Jekyll accidentally snorts a sampling of the snuff which quickly transforms this shy man into a wild disco deviant with New Wave tendencies. A modern comic spoof on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. 87 min. DVD X7154; vhs 999:1539
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Married to the Mob (1982)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin. Mafia princess Angela DeMarco wants out. With her husband Frank dead, Angela decides it's time to divorce "the mob" and start a new life. But what she doesn't realize is once you're married to the mob, it's death do you part ... usually yours. 88 min. DVD 1691
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Tootsie (1982)
Director, Sydney Pollack. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Geena Davis, Bill Murray. Michael Dorsey is an out-of-work actor who makes himself up as a woman to get a job. When his girlfriend, Sandy, fails an audition for a soap opera, Michael dresses up as "Dorothy Michaels" and lands the part. All goes well until "Dorothy" falls in love with beautiful co-star, Julie, and Julie's father, Les, falls for "Dorothy." 116 min. DVD 2087
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Awards & Honors

Academy Awards - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Lange)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Lange)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Film; Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director; Best Supporting Actress
National Film Registry Selection

Bell-Metereau, Rebecca Louise. Hollywood androgyny / Rebecca Bell-Metereau. New York : Columbia University Press, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.I43 B45 1993)
Crisp, Quentin. "There is No Sin Like Being a Woman." Christopher Street; Nov82, Vol. 6 Issue 10, p46, 3p
Dworkin, Susan. Making Tootsie : a film study with Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack / by Susan Dworkin. New York : NewMarket Press, c1983. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.T62 D86 1983)
Holdstein, Deborah H. "Tootsie: Mixed Messages." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 28, pp. 1, 32, 1983 Apr
Kael, Pauline. "Tootsie, Gandhi, and Sophie." New Yorker; 12/27/1982, Vol. 58 Issue 45, p68-75, 6p
Meyer, Janet L. Sydney Pollack : a critical filmography / Janet L. Meyer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.P655 M48 1998)
Munich, Adrienne Auslander. "Tootsie's Gender Act." Denver Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 108-118, Winter 1984
Quart, Barbara. "Tootsie." Cineaste, 1983, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p40-42, 3p
Tomasulo, Frank P. "Masculine/Feminine: The "New Masculinity" in Tootsie (1982)." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall96, Issue 38, p4-13, 10p UC Berkeley users only

Valley Girl (1982)
Directed by Martha Coolidge. Cast: Nicholas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, Michelle Meyrink, Frederic Forrest. "Valley girl" Julie from California's wealthy San Fernando Valley, meets and falls for Randy, a fast-moving teen from Hollywood. From the time they meet until the tale's tender conclusion, it's war on the "cliques" with Julie's proper Valley friends trying to reunite her with her old flame and Randy and his pal crashing the Valley parties. To add to the irony, Julie's free-spirited Sixties parents are terribly confused about the ultra-conservative daughter they've raised. 96 min. DVD 1811
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Victor, Victoria (1982)
Directed by Blake Edwards. Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras. A starving singer in Depression-era Paris is convinced by an equally hapless performer that the only way she can earn a living on the nightclub circuit is to masquerade as a man who impersonates women. Then she meets the man of her dreams. 134 min. DVD 9580; vhs 999:3150
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Lehman, Peter. Blake Edwards / by Peter Lehman & William Luhr. Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c1981 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 .E27)
"A Tribute to Blake Edwards." Screening the Past, Issue 30, 2011

A Christmas Story (1983)
Directed by Bob Clark. Cast: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley. A young boy must convince his parents that a toy rifle is the only Christmas gift that will make Christmas worthwhile. Not only do his parents face what many other parents must deal with during the holiday, but their actions reflect the classic All-American response to Christmas. 98 min. DVD 1695
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Street, Sarah. "'Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All Men': The Depiction of Christmas in Modern Hollywood Films." In: Christmas at the movies : images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema / edited by M London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C5113 C66 2000)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1983)
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones. Animation and special sequences, Terry Gilliam. Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. he quest for the Holy Grail by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is retold in this hysterical, historical tour-de-farce. Watch as the knights wage battle against the fierce Killer Rabbit. Can they pass the test of valor and cut down yon tree with herring? Or will they blow themselves to smithereens with the Holy Hand Grenade? 92 min. DVD 504
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail : screenplay / by John Cleese... [et al.]. London : Methuen, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.M68 M66 2002)

(Monty Python's) Life of Brian (1983)
Directed by Terry Jones. Animation and special sequences, Terry Gilliam. Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. The Pythons satirize religion, capital punishment, revolutionary politics, terrorism, graffiti, science fiction, and a host of other topics through the story of Brian, a first-century Judean. 107 min. DVD 1873
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(Monty Python's) The Meaning of Life (1983)
Directed by Terry Jones. Animation and special sequences, Terry Gilliam. Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. This last full length movie by the English comedy group Monty Python takes a bawdy, satirical and irreverent look at birth, birth control, religion, gluttony, war, sex, and death. 107 min. DVD 1873
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury

For Monty Python and the Flying Circus, See Television videography

To Be or Not To Be (1983)
Directed by Alan Johnson. Cast: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Tim Matheson, Charles Durning, Jose Ferrer, George Gaynes, Christopher Lloyd, George Wyner, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jack Riley. A comedy film of wartime Poland in which two Polish actors, Frederick and Anna Bronski, are eventually caught up in Germany's invasion of Poland, a leaking of top secret information and an incredible plot to thwart the Nazis. Based on the film directed by Ernst Lubitsch [1942]. 107 min. DVD X808; vhs 999:3222
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Trading Places (1983)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, Jamie Lee Curtis. The rich Duke Brothers wager on whether a born loser like Billy Ray Valentine, a hustler from the ghetto, can become as successful as Winthorpe, a wealthy investment executive, if put in the proper environment--and would a prig like Winthorpe turn to a life of crime if he were to lose it all. 116 min. DVD 3779
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Yellowbeard (1983)
Director, Mel Damski. Cast: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech & Chong [i.e., Richard "Cheech" Marin, Tommy Chong], Peter Cook, Marty Feldman, Martin Hewitt, Michael Hordern, Eric Idle, Madeline Kahn, James Mason, John Cleese, Kenneth Mars, Spike Milligan, Susannah York. Yellowbeard is the saga of an infamous pirate whose escape from prison after 20 years triggers a misguided treasure hunt for his buried booty. Complicating matters, the treasure map is tattooed on his son's head. 97 min. vhs 999:3265
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Zelig (1983)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow. This spoof of documentary films stars Woody Allen as Leonard Zelig, the famous "Chameleon Man" of the 1920's, whose personality was so vague he would assume the characteristics of whomever he came into contact with. Filmed in black-and-white, the movie simulates the look of a newsreel, complete with stentorian narration. 79 min. DVD 1014
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Pasinetti Award - Best Film

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984)
Directed by W.D. Richter. Cast: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd. Buckaroo Banzai's latest experiments have opened the door to the 8th dimension--and have unwittingly begun an interstellar battle for the world. Special features: Alternate opening; Buckaroo Banzai declassified documentary; deleted scene archives; character profiles; teaser trailer. 102 min. DVD X3791
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All of Me (1984)
Directed by Carl Reiner . Cast: Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Richard Libertini, Jason Bernard, Madolyn Smith, Dana Elcar. Roger Cobb is a swinging bachelor, a lawyer, and a jazz musician. Edwina Cutwaters is a terminally ill spinster who is given another chance at life if her soul can be transported into another woman. However, the guru goofs, and Edwina's soul takes over the right side of Roger. 91 min. DVD X3419
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Barth, Jack. "All of Me." Film Comment, September/October 1984, Vol. 20, p24-27, 4p
Kael, Pauline "Roger & Edwina, Sheena and Uncle Jean." In: State of the art / Pauline Kael. Kael, Pauline. New York : Dutton, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .K2527 1985)
Smith, Murray. "Film Art, Argument, and Ambiguity." The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; Winter 2006, Vol. 64 Issue 1, p33-42, 10p UC users only

Edwards, Emily D. "The Recycled Soul: What Movies and Television Tell Us About Reincarnation." In: Metaphysical media : the occult experience in popular culture / Emily D. Edwards. Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.O28 E38 2005)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Directed by Martin Brest. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher, Ronny Cox, Steven Berkoff, James Russo, Jonathan Banks, Stephen Elliott, Gilbert R. Hill. Axel Foley is a brash, street smart Detroit detective who follows the trail of a friend's murderer to the posh surroundings of Beverly Hills. And before Axel gets his man, he gets up to his neck in an international network of smugglers and drug peddlers. 105 min. DVD X1034
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Fuchs, Cynthia J. "The Buddy Politic." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. London ; New York : Routledge, c1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.M46.S36 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46.S36 1993)
Guerrero, Ed. "The Black Image in Protective Custody: Hollywood's Biracial Buddy Films of the Eighties." In: Black American cinema / edited by Manthia Diawara. New York : Routledge,1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.N4.B45 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.N4.B45 1993)

Beverly Hills Cop II; Beverly Hills Cop III

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte. Comedy about an agent Broadway Danny Rose and his attempt to revive the sagging career of the overweight, aging lounge singer, Lou Canova. Danny has finally booked Lou at the Waldorf, but Lou won't go on unless his girlfriend Tina is there on opening night. It's Danny's quest to round up Tina, an attempt that lands him right in the middle of a gangland battle. 85 min. DVD 1024; vhs 999:883
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Ghostbusters (1984)
Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis. When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! 105 min. DVD 8150
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Glynnis O'Connor, Dom DeLuise, Richard Dimitri, Danny Devito. In this satire of thirties gangster films an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills while, his brother, an assistant D.A, is trying to stop Johnny's criminal activities. 90 min. DVD X871
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Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Director, Paul Mazursky. Cast: Robin Williams, Alejandro Rey, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks. Circus saxophonist Vladimir Ivanoff suddenly defects from his touring troupe in that temple of "Western decadence" -- Bloomingdale's. Fleeing the K.G.B., Vladimir wins asylum and moves into the crowded Harlem flat of Black security guard Lionel Witherspoon. Though Vladimir learns that life in America can be cold and even painful, he grows to love this strange and wondrous new land. 117 min. DVD 964
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Cavanaugb, Tim. "Hollywood Comrades." Reason, Nov2009, Vol. 41 Issue 6, p62-63, 2p UC users only
Desser, David. "Paul Mazursky: the price of freedom." In: American Jewish filmmakers / David Desser and Lester D. Friedman. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .D47 2004)

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Director, Jeff Kanew. Cast: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley, Bernie Casey. At Adams College, the jocks rule the school from their house on high, the Alpha Beta fraternity. So when a group of socially-challenged misfits try to go Greek, they are immediately rejected by every house on campus. Deciding to start their own fraternity, the nerds soon find themselves in a battle royale as the Alpha Betas try to crush their new rivals. Special features: Audio commentary by director Jeff Kanew and actors Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong; "I'm a nerd, and I'm pretty proud of it" featurette; 'Revenge of the nerds' television plot; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer. 90 min. DVD X4576
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Steven, Mark. "Their Time Has Come: Bad Cinema Nerds as Late-Capitalist Paradigm." Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, Dec2009, Issue 18, p99-118, 20p UC users only

This is Spinal Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi(1984)
Directed by Rob Reiner ; written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner. Cast: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby. A detailed "rockumentary" of England's legendary heavy metal band, Spinal Tap. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. Interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. Special features: Audio commentary by Spinal Tap; new interview with Rob Reiner; over 1 hr. of never-before-seen footage; flower people press conference; theatrical trailers; 6 TV commercials; heavy metal memories; 4 music videos; Spinal Tap appearance on "The Joe Franklin show.". 83 min. DVD 1610
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50UC users only
Middleton J. " Documentary comedy." Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, Volume 2002, Number 104, August 2002, pp. 55-66(12)
Muir, John Kenneth. Best in show : the films of Christopher Guest and company. New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. ( MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)
Plantinga, Carl. "Gender, Power, and a Cucumber: Satirizing Masculinity in This Is Spinal Tap." In: Documenting the documentary : close readings of documentary film and video / edited by Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c1998. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998; Moffitt PN1995.9.D6.D58 1998)
Seife, Ethan de. This is Spinal Tap / Ethan de Seife. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 S45 2007)

Brewster's Millions (1985)
Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins, Jerry Orbach, Hume Cronyn. Montgomery Brewster is a down-and-out baseball player who discovers that he is the only living relative of an eccentric multimillionaire. Monty stands to inherit $300 million, but only if he can spend $30 million in a single month without acquiring any assets. If he fails, it's back to zero again. Based on the novel by George Barr McCutcheon. 79 min. DVD X3608
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The Coca-Cola Kid (Australia, 1985)
Directed by Dusan Makavejev. Cast: Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Bill Kerr. Becker, a wiz-kid marketing man, is sent to Australia to boost the famous soft drink's wavering sales. T. George McDowell is the ruling soda czar in this mini "pop monopoly." When Becker's offer to merge in the hope of tripling profits is rejected, an unlikely chain of events ignites and leads to an amusing solution to the cola war. 94 min. DVD X3080
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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Directed by Susan Seidelman. Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Madonna, Robert Joy, Mark Blum, Laurie Metcalf, Will Patton. A bored New Jersey housewife who fantasizes about the ads in the personal section of the newspaper want ads shows up at a rendezvous between two lovers. She gets bumped on the head, which leads to a case of amnesia and opens the door to intrigue and love. 103 min. DVD 7562
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Beach, Christopher. "Yuppies and other strangers: Class satire and cultural clash in contemporary comedy." In: Class, language and American film comedy / Christopher Beach. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002
Benson, Peter. "Screening Desire." Screen, 1990, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p377-389, 13p;
Fischer, Lucy. "The desire to desire: Desperately seeking Susan." In: Close viewings : an anthology of new film criticism / edited by Peter Lehman. Tallahassee : Florida State University Press ; Gainesville, FL : Orders to University Presses of Florida, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .C543 1990)
Fuchs, C. J. "Desperately seeking a subject: postmodern sexuality, Seidelman, and Madonna." In: Sexuality, the female gaze, and the arts : women, the arts, and society / edited by Ronald Dotterer and Susan Bowers. Selinsgrove [N.J.] : Susquehanna University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX180.F4 S49 1992)
Kael, Pauline. "Passion." In: State of the art / Pauline Kael. New York : Dutton, c1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .K2527 1985)
Pye, Douglas. "Tone and Style: The Openings of 'Desperately Seeking Susan' and 'Strangers on a Train'." In:
Scanlon, Jennifer. ""If My Husband Calls I'm Not Here": The Beauty Parlor as Real and Representational Female Space." Feminist Studies. Summer 2007. Vol. 33, Iss. 2; pg. 308, 28 pgs UC users only

Shumway, David R..
"Screwball comedies: constructing romance, mystifying marriage." Cinema Journal; Vol.XXX nr.4 (Summer 1991); p.7-23
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Shoos, Diane. "The Female Subject of Popular Culture." Hypatia Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 215-226, May 1992 UC users only
Shumway, David R. "Screwball comedies: constructing romance, mystifying marriage." Cinema Journal, 1991, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p7-23, 17p
Stacey, Jackie. "Desperately Seeking Difference." Screen (1987) 28(1) UC users only
Stratton, Jon. "Not really white - again: performing Jewish difference in Hollywood films since the 1980s." Screen; 2001, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p142-166, 25pUC users only
Vestrich, Roy M. "The Culture-Clash Comedies of the 1980s." In: Beyond the stars: Plot conventions in American popular film / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990 Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990)
Watts, Mark. "Electrifying fragments: Madonna and postmodern performance." New Theatre Quarterly, (1996), 12:99-107
White, Mimi. "Representing romance: reading/writing/fantasy and the "liberated" heroine of recent Hollywood films." Cinema Journal, 1989, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p41-56, 16p UC users only

A Great Wall (USA / China, 1985)
Directed by Peter Wang. Cast: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee, Li Qinqin, Wang Xiao, Hu Xiaoguang, Shen Guanglan This moving and humorous story chronicles the return of Leo Fang and his American-born wife and son to his native China and provides a comical insight into the cultural clashes between traditional Chinese families and Chinese-American families. Fang and his family are met with many curious and intimate questions on subjects ranging from money to sex. 103 min. DVD 7395; vhs 999:196
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Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Director, Lawrence Teague. SEE Action/Adventure

Lost in America (1985)
Directed by Albert Brooks. Cast: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Michael Greene, Garry K. Marshall, Maggie Roswell, Tom Tarpey. David Howard has put in eight long years at a big-time ad agency. When he hoped to land a Senior VP slot, all he got was a pat on the back and a transfer to New York. David talks his wife into quitting her job, sells the house, liquidates the stocks and bonds, and buys the largest Winnebago and they set out to live the ramblin' laid back life of the world's easiest Easy Riders. 91 min. DVD X4250
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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Directed by Nnegest Likke. Cast: Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, Judd Omen. Pee-Wee's bicycle is missing. Pee-Wee hits the open road and encounters riotous adventures with bikers, bums, cowboys, cons, a phantom trucker and a waitress with wanderlust. Special features: Feature length audio commentary by Paul Reubens and director Tim Burton; music only track with commentary by Danny Elfman ; production notes ; theatrical trailer ; scene access. 90 min. DVD 9938
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Balfour, Ian. "Playhouse of the signifier: reading Pee-wee Herman." Camera Obscura; MAY, 1988 Issue 17, p155-168, 14p UC users only
Doty, Alexander. "The Sissy Boy, the Fat Ladies, and the Dykes: Queerness and/as Gender in Pee-wee's World." In: Making things perfectly queer : interpreting mass culture / Alexander Doty. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993. (Full text available online (UCB users only); print: Main (Gardner) Stacks & Moffitt PN1992.8.H64 D68 1993)
Huskey, Melynda. "Pee-Wee Herman and the postmodern picaresque." Postmodern Culture; January, 1992, Vol. 2 Issue 2 UC users only
La Bruce, Bruce. "Pee Wee Herman: The Homosexual Subtext." In: Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Essays on Popular Culture / editedby Corey K. Creekmur and Alexander Doty. pp: 25-43.. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995. Series title: Series Q. (UCB Main HQ76.2.U5 O98 1995)
Winning, Rob. "Pee Wee Herman Un-Mascs Our Cultural Myths About Masculinity." Journal of American Culture, Summer88, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p57-63, 7p UC users only
Slagle, R. Anthony "Queer Criticism and Sexual Normativity: The Case of Pee-wee Herman." Journal of Homosexuality, 2003, Vol. 45 Issue 2-4, p129-146, 18p UC users only

Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Jack Rollins. Cecilia is a poor waitress whose only escape is the thrill and excitement of going to the movies. Suddenly, while watching her favorite movie, the leading man jumps out of the picture to be with her. Confusion abounds as the actors he has left in the movie try to get him back. 82 min. DVD 1022; vhs 999:923
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Cannes Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes - Best Screenplay
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Film of the Year
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Screenplay

Teen Wolf (1985)
Directed by Rod Daniel. Cast: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Scott Paulin, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine, Jay Tarses Teen discovers that puberty for him means he turns into a werewolf. One of the beneficial side effects is that it also turns him into a top-notch basketball player. But will his notoriety cost him his friends and can he find true love? 92 min. DVD X4582
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Weird Science (1985)
Director, John Hughes. Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Bill Paxton, Suzanne Snyder, Judie Aronson, Robert Downey (Jr.), Robert Rusler. Two nerdy best friends have the power to create the "perfect woman". Like a computer-generated fairy godmother, the two use their creation to learn about the pleasures and pitfalls of adolescences. 93 min. DVD 6140
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Brammer, Rebekah. "Left Of Centre Teen Life Love And Pain In The Films Oh John Hughes." Screen Education, Summer2009, Issue 56, p22-28, 7p UC users only

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
Directed by Gene Saks. Cast: Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Judith Ivey, Jonathan Silverman, Brian Drillinger, Stacy Glick, Lisa Waltz. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome is trying to uncover life's mysteries in this adaptation of a Broadway hit about growing up in Brooklyn during the late 1930's. 110 min. DVD 5897
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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss, Evan Richards, Elizabeth Pena. Rescued from drowning in the swimming pool of a Beverly Hills couple, a disconsolate bum brings startling and hilarious changes to the entire household, including the family dog, Matisse. 103 min. DVD 6065
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Morgan, Janice. "From Clochards to Cappuccinos: Renoir's Boudu is "Down and Out" in Beverly Hills."Cinema Journal, Winter90, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p23-35, 13p UC users only
Vestrich, Roy M. "The Culture-Clash Comedies of the 1980s." In: Beyond the stars: Plot conventions in American popular film / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990 Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Directed by John Hughes. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen, Ben Stein. A high school student is determined to get a day off with his friends by outwitting his principal. Ferris Bueller has played hooky a number of times. But this time he has the entire school and more believing he is on the verge of death. On this special day off, Ferris invites his friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane to join him in his day of fun. Ferris talks Cameron into borrowing his father's precious Ferrari for the day's transportation. All the while, Principal Ed Rooney is determined to prove Ferris is faking his illness. Jeanie, Ferris's agitated sister, also wants to catch Ferris in his lie. Ferris enjoys his day with his friends, until they notice that the mileage of the Ferrari reads too many miles, sending Cameron to suffer his own blow out. Special features: "Getting the class together: the cast of Ferris Bueller's day off" documentary on the casting of the production, featuring cast and crew interviews (28 min.); "The making of Ferris Bueller's day off" featuring cast and crew interviews (16 min.) "Who is Ferris Bueller?" featuring interviews with Hughes, Jones, Broderick (10 min.); "The world according to Ben Stein" featuring interview clips with Stein (11 min.); "Vintage Ferris Bueller" featuring interviews with Broderick, Ruck, and Jones (11 min.); "Class album" of cast stills. 102 min. DVD X3357
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Brammer, Rebekah. "Left Of Centre Teen Life Love And Pain In The Films Oh John Hughes." Screen Education, Summer2009, Issue 56, p22-28, 7p UC users only
Grindon, Leger. "Laughter and Anxiety: Hannah and Her Sisters and Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In: American cinema of the 1980s : themes and variations / edited by Stephen Prince. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 A8578 2007)
LeBeau, Vicky. "Daddy's Cinema: Femininity and Mass Spectatorship." Screen, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 244-58, 1992 Autumn
Murray, Scott. "'Cameron Fry, This One's for You'. Or: Why Sausage King of Chicago Doesn't Turn Up for Lunch at Chez Quis." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 51, 2009 UC users only

Gung Ho (1986)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers, John Turturro. A young American auto exec persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his home town's defunct auto factory, but when the Japanese hire him to enforce their policies among his American co-workers, he goes from hero to zero in seconds flat. 112 min. DVD 1772
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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Max Von Sydow, Dianne Wiest. The story of the relationship between three sisters centering around Hannah, a devoted wife, mother and successful actress. A loyal supporter of her two aimless sisters Lee and Holly, she's also the emotional backbone of a family that seems to resent her stability almost as much as they depend on it. 107 min. DVD 1020; vhs 999:775
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine); Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Direction
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray. In this musical-comedy set in the Mushnik's Flower Shop basement a timid employee discovers a ferocious, talking, rapidly-growing plant, which forces him to lure victims to satisfy its taste for human flesh. 96 min. DVD 9113; vhs 999:1674
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Roger Corman bibliography

Living on Tokyo Time (1986)
Directed by Steven Okazaki. Cast: Minako Ohashi, Ken Nakagawa, Kate McConnell, Judy Nihel, Mitzie Abe, Bill Bonham. In this drama a rock guitarist with no talent feels little connection to his Japanese heritage until he marries a Japanese girl who wants to stay in America but maintain a Sushi attitude. 85 min. 999:396
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The Parent Trap II (1986)
Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Cast: Hayley Mills, Tom Skerritt, Carrie Kei Heim, Bridgette Andersen. Hayley Mills plays twins again in this TV sequel to her fondly remembered 1961 film, The Parent Trap. Here, one of the twins is a divorced mother whose 11-year-old daughter, Nicki, befriends another girl, Mary, in summer school. Mary has a widowed father, so naturally the two girls try to get them together. But the mother wants to move, so they have to act fast. Eventually, the mother's twin sister is brought in to aid them. Special features (Disc 2): "Caught in the act: the making-of 'The parent trap'"; "The Sherman brothers"--Featurette about the award-winning songwriters; "Let's get together" music video; "Whose the twin?: lost treasures; 1961 Disney Studio album; "Kimbal and Swift: the Disney years"--director David Swift interviews Disney animator Ward Kimbal; "Seeing double" special effects featurette; "Disney legend: Hayley Mills." 81 min. DVD 9449
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Something Wild (1986)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith. A mild-mannered, respectable Wall Street tax consultant thinks he's a closet rebel, until he meets a real one. Sexy, free-spirited and totally reckless, Lulu hijacks Charlie for an outrageous spree filled with offbeat sex, petty larceny and hilarious mayhem. But when Lulu's psychotic ex-con husband Ray puts the breaks on their joyride, Charlie suddenly realizes that his walk on the wild side may not only cost him his job and his girlfriend, but also his life. 114 min. DVD X4432
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Baby Boom (1987)
Directed by Charles Shyer. Cast: Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, James Spader, Pat Hingle, Britt Leach, Kristina & Michelle Kennedy, Sam Shepard. An over-achieving businesswoman's life is changed by the arrival of a twenty-two pound bundle named Elizabeth. She tries to juggle a high-pressure career and instant motherhood in this fast-paced comedy about a woman who discovers what's really important in life. 110 min. DVD X2589; vhs 999:2277
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Beach, Christopher. "Yuppies and other strangers: Class satire and cultural clash in contemporary comedy." In: Class, language and American film comedy / Christopher Beach. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 B43 2002
Desjardins, Mary. "Baby Boom: the comedy of surrogacy in film and television." Velvet Light Trap (Spring 1992): 21(10). UC users only
Ward, Carol M. "The Hollywood Yuppie: 1980-1988." In: Beyond the stars: stock characters in American popular film. / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press, c1990- (PN1995.9.C36 B49 1990 vol 1)

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Directed by Tony Scott. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Paul Reiser. This sequel presents further adventures of Axel Foley, a brash, street smart Detroit detective, as he comes up against a gang of munitions smugglers in California and a mean-spirited chief of police who will brook no interference from outsiders-especially the profanely insouciant Mr. Foley. 102 min. DVD X1034
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Born in East L.A (1987)
Writer/director, Cheech Marin. Cheech Marin is accidentally deported to Mexico without I.D. or knowledge of Spanish, and can't convince U.S. officials to let him back in. Film follows Cheech's repeated comic attempts to get back home. DVD 1872; vhs 999:1156
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Eat the Rich (1987)
Directed by Peter Richardson. Cast: Ronald Allen, Sandra Dorne, Jimmy Fagg, Lemmy, Lanah Pellay, Nosher Powell, Fiona Richmond, Ron Tarr. A trendy London restaurant is suddenly taken over by maniacal subversives. Surly but sensitive waiter Alex has assembled a small band to join the people's uprising, while suave Commander Fortune, a Soviet double agent, and his sidekick Spider, are plotting the downfall of the second in command to the Prime Minister. 92 min. vhs 999:3491
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Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Directed by Robert Townsend. Bobby Taylor waits for his big break as an actor and dreams of leading roles, Academy Awards, stretch limos and adoring fans. 81 min. DVD 7353; vhs 999:422

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Moonstruck(1987)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello. Loretta, a beautiful soon-to-be-wed Italian widow has the misfortune to meet--and fall hopelessly in love with--her fiancee's estranged brother in this sophisticated romantic comedy about the loves, jealousies, and entanglements facing an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. DVD includes sound disc: Harden my heart / Quarterflash -- Come on Eileen / Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Obsession / Animotion -- Up where we belong / Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes -- Everybody wants to rule the world / Tears for Fears -- Tainted love / Soft Cell -- Breakout / Swing Out Sister -- Addicted to love / Robert Palmer. 103 min. DVD X367
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress (Char); Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical (Cher); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Olympia Dukakis)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis

Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italianamerican Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Apr-Jun2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p155, 12p UC users only
Citron, Marcia J. "'An Honest Contrivance': Opera and Desire in 'Moonstruck'." Music & Letters, vol. 89, no. 1, pp. 56-83, 2008 Feb UC users only
Corliss, Richard. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) Time v131, n2 (Jan 11, 1988):80 (2 pages).
Day, William. "Moonstruck; or, How to Ruin Everything." In: Ordinary language criticism : literary thinking after Cavell after Wittgenstein / edited by Kenneth Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN695 .O73 2003)
Denby, David. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York v21, n1 (Jan 4, 1988):44.
Gross, John. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137, sec2 (Sun, Feb 14, 1988):H33(N), H33(L), col 1, 28 col in.
Fraad, Harriet. "Personal life as problematic: a comparison of Woody Allen's "September" and Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck."" Rethinking Marxism, 1988, Vol. 1 Issue 4, p169-174, 6p
Gallant, James. "Moonstruck." Raritan, 1993, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p111-120, 10p UC users only
Gross, John. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137, sec2 (Sun, Feb 14, 1988):H33(N), H33(L), col 1, 28 col in.
Kael, Pauline. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New Yorker v63, n49 (Jan 25, 1988):99 (2 pages).
Maslin, Janet. "Moonstruck." (movie reviews) New York Times v137 (Wed, Dec 16, 1987):24(N), C22(L), col 1, 11 col in.
Shumway, David R. "Marriage as Adultery." In: Modern love : romance, intimacy, and the marriage crisis / David R. Shumway. New York : New York University Press, c2003. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ503 .S54 2003)

Shanley, John Patrick. Moonstruck ; Joe versus the volcano ; and, Five corners : screenplays / by John Patrick Shanley. New York : Grove Press ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Goup West, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3569.H3337 M66 1996)

Radio Days (1987)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Tony Roberts. A look back at radio from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, focusing on an extended Jewish family, all avid radio listeners, and on a young woman who eventually succeeds as a radio gossip columnist. 96 min. DVD 1023
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Raising Arizona (1987)
Director, Joel and Ethan Coen. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, Randall "Tex" Cobb. Summary An ex-con and a police officer decide to get married and start a family. To their dismay, they discover that they can neither have nor adopt children. Desperate, they resort to kidnapping one of the newborn quintuplets of a wealthy Arizona family. However, their attempt at living a normal life is complicated by neurotic co-workers, two fugitives, and a mysterious bounty hunter. 94 min. DVD 1347
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Roxanne (1987)
Director, Fred Schepisi. Cast: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Shelley Duvall, Rick Rossovich, Fred Willard, Michael J. Pollard. A comic modernization of Cyrano de Bergerac, with Martin playing a small town fire chief, C.D. Bales, who has an astonishingly long nose. He harbors a secret love for a beautiful astronomy student, Roxanne, who is attracted to another man. Based on the play: Cyrano de Bergerac / by Edmond Rostand. 107 min. DVD X3072
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor

The Secret of My Success (1987)
Directed by Herbert Ross. Cast: Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordon, Margaret Whitton, Christopher Murney, John Pankow, Gerry Bamman, Carol-Ann Susi, Elizabeth Franz, Drew Snyder, Christopher Durang, Fred Gwynne. In this lampoon of corporate business life, a kid from Kansas comes to New York, conquers the business world and maneuvers his way from the mailroom to the boardroom in a matter of weeks. 111 min. DVD X3797
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Spaceballs (1987)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Joan Rivers. King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a lot of famous science fiction movies. Special features: Audio commentary by Mel Brooks; Spaceballs: the documentary; in conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; John Candy: Comic Spirit; storyboard-to-film comparison; film flubs; spacequotes; Spaceballs: the trivia game; Spaceballs: the behind-the-movie photos; exhibitor trailer with Mel Brooks introduction; Spaceballs: the costume gallery; Spaceballs; the art gallery; original theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X853
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Bonnstetter, Beth E. "Of Structures, Stories, and Spaceballs: Parody as Criticism of Genre Film and Myth." In: Sith, slayers, stargates & cyborgs : modern mythology in the new millennium / edited by David Whitt + John Perlich. New York : P. Lang, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks BL312 .P47 2008)
Dunne, M. "Mel Brooks and Woody Allen: purple memories of blazing spaceballs." In: Metapop : self-referentiality in contemporary American popular culture / Michael Dunne. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E169.12 .D86 1992)
Gehring, Wes D. "Mel Brooks." In: Parody as film genre : "never give a saga an even break" / Wes D. Gehring ; foreword by Scott R. Ols Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.C55 G426 1999)
Ott, Brian L.; Bonnstetter, Beth. ""We're at Now, Now": Spaceballs as Parodic Tourism." Southern Communication Journal, Sep2007, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p309-327, 19p UC users only

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Teen Wolf Too (1987)
Directed by Christopher Leitch. Cast: Jason Bateman, Kim Darby, John Astin, Paul Sand, James Hampton. Todd is a bookish freshman whose full moon transformation into a big wolf on campus brings him glory, girls and a conflict of values. 94 min. DVD X4582
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Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Cast: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Michelle and Lisa Blair, Nancy Travis. Three handsome Manhattan bachelors find their dating and mating rituals irreparably damaged when an unexpected roommate-- complete with crib, pacifier, and dirty diaper-- shows up on their doorstep. 102 min. DVD X4574
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Tin Men (1987)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey. Two less-than-honest aluminum siding salesmen meet in a fender bender, but their bruised egos and quick tempers turn the minor accident into a major vendetta against each other's symbols of success--their prized Cadillacs. 108 min. DVD X6412
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The Trouble With Dick (1987)
Directed by Gary Walkow. Cast: Tom Villard, Susan Dey, Elaine Giftos, Elizabeth Gorcey, David Clennon, Jack Carter. The trouble with Dick is women. The trouble with Dick is he's a writer with writers' block. The trouble with Dick is his out of control science fiction imagination! 86 min. vhs 999:3773
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The Witches of Eastwick(1987)
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright. The "witches" are three modern-day women yearning for Mr. Right in a quaint New England town. Wealthy Daryl Van Horne arrives in town and sets out to prove he's a devil with the ladies. Based on the book by John Updike. 118 min. DVD X490
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Beetlejuice (1988)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder. A couple of likable ghosts contact the afterlife's bio-exorcist to rid their home of a trendy New York family that moves in. 92 min. DVD 3998
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Horror Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor (Michael Keaton)

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Big (1988)
Directed by Penny Marshall. Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton. A 12-year-old boy's wish comes true when he asks a mechanical carnival genie to make him 'big' only to awake the next morning and discover he is! He manages to land a job at a toy company where he experiences the complications of being an adult, but eventually he begins to long for the simple joys of childhood. 104 min. DVD 1814
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Coming to America (1988)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley. Murphy plays a very wealthy and pampered African prince who comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion, Murphy quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies--and lots of trouble. 116 min. DVD 7106
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Olaniyan, Tejumola. "'Uplift the Race!' Coming to America, Do the Right Thing, and the Poetics of 'Othering'." Cultural-Critique, 1996 Fall, 34, 91-113. UC users only

A Fish Called Wanda (USA / UK, 1988)
Director, Charles Crichton. Cast: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken. Comedy about a sexy American criminal intent on the theft of diamonds who sets out to seduce her boyfriend and partner in crime's lawyer, a polite, poised and nearly comatose Englishman. 108 min. DVD X5633; vhs 999:3866
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Awards
Academy Awards Best - Supporting Actor (Kevin Kline)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor (John Cleese); Best Supporting Actor (Michael Palin)

Peatling, G. K.. "Ordinary Relationships: 'Pro-Americans,''Anti-Americanism,' and 'Left-Wing Continentalism' in British Cinema and Culture." Journal of Popular Culture, Dec2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1073-1091, 19p UC users only
Vandaele, Jeroen. "Humor Mechanisms in Film Comedy: Incongruity and Superiority." Poetics Today; Summer2002, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p221, 29p UC users only

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Cast: Bernie Casey, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Janet Dubois, Antonio Fargas. In this ultra-slick, urban action comedy Mr. Slade comes out of retirement along with Jack Spade to try to clean up Mr. Big's neighborhood from crimes, drugs and the over use of gold chains as they take on the local gang boss in his hangout, the Big Brim Bar. 89 min. DVD 484
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Midnight Run (1988)
Directed by Martin Brest. Cast: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano. A bounty hunter is charged with delivering an embezzling, bail-jumping accountant to Los Angeles. What he doesn't know is that the Mob is also after said accountant for embezzling the money in the first place. 127 min. DVD X4670
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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1988)
Directed byJonathan Demme. Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Jose Ferrer, Tony Roberts, Mary Steenburgen. Andrew and his wife, Adrian, are having company this weekend: Cousin Leopold and his fiancee Ariel, and Andrew's best friend Maxwell is bringing his latest flame. Just a quiet country get-together with three loving couples...but everyone seems to be loving the wrong person. 88 min. DVD 1021
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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Directed by David Zucker. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, O. J. Simpson. In this wacko comedy a granite-jawed, rock-brained cop, Frank Drebin, bumbles across a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth when she's at a baseball game while visiting in the United States. 85 min. DVD X856
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Scrooged (1988)
Directed by Richard Donner. Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, Alfre Woodard. Modern comic version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Bill Murray portraying a nasty, uncaring, unforgiving TV network president. On Christmas Eve he is visited by three ghosts who show him the error of his ways. 101 min. DVD 4540; vhs 999:1526
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Baumgarten, Murray. "Bill Murray's Christmas Carols." In: Dickens on screen / edited by John Glavin. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PR4575 .D53 2003)

Working Girl (1988)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin. A young secretary in New York named Tess McGill has the brains, looks and charm to make it big. All she needs is the right haircut, clothes and job. The opportunity arises when her classy, seductive and treacherous boss breaks a leg skiing. Tess steps into her job, her apartment and her clothes, and all sorts of witty and romantic things follow! 116 min. DVD 718
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Musical/Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical (Melanie Griffith); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Sigourney Weaver)

Boozer Jr., Jack. "Wall Street: The Commodification Of Perception." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Fall89, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p90-99, 10p
Cornut-Gentille, Chantal. "Working Girl: A Case Study of Achievement by Women? New Opportunities, Old Realities." In: Terms of endearment : Hollywood romantic comedy of the 1980s and 1990s / edited by Peter William Evans and Celestino Deleyto. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 T47 1998)
Greenberg, Harvey Roy. "Working Girl: Leveraged Sell-Out." Journal of Popular Film & Television; Spring89, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p20-23, 4p
Tasker, Yvonne "Cross-dressing, aspiration, and transformation." In: Working girls : gender and sexuality in popular cinema / Yvonne Tasker. London ; New York : Routledge, 1998. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.W6 T36 1998)
Traube, Elizabeth G. "Transforming heroes: Hollywood and the demonization of women." Public Culture, 1991, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p1-28, 28p UC users only
Winn, J. Emmett. "Moralizing Upward Mobility: Investigating the Myth of Class Mobility in Working Girl." Southern Communication Journal, Fall2000, Vol. 66 Issue 1, p40, 12p UC users only

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Directed by Stephen Herek. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin. Screwball comedy about two high school students who face a difficult history exam. With the help of a time-traveling messenger they round up some historical heavyweights for their class project! 90 min.DVD X564
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Hunter, I.Q. "Capitalism Most Triumphant: Bill & Ted's Excellent History Lesson." Pulping fictions : consuming culture across the literature/media divide / edited by Deborah Cartmell London ; Chicago : Pluto Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.3 .P85 1996)
Lundquist, Lynne "Myth and Illiteracy: Bill and Ted's Explicated Adventures." Extrapolation: A Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 217-23, 1996 Fall UC users only
Troyer, John; Marchiselli, Chani "Slack, Slacker, Slackest: Homosocial Bonding Practices in Contemporary Dude Cinema." In: Where the boys are : cinemas of masculinity and youth / edited by Murray Pomerance and Frances Gatew Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.B7 W54 2005)

Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
Directed by Wayne Wang. Cast: Cora Miao, Russell Wong. In New York's Chinatown of the late 1940's, young Ben Loy, fresh out of the service, has his whole life spread out before him - including a job, an apartment and a marriage arranged by his father. 104 min.DVD 2471; vhs 999:394
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Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson. Doctors Venkman, Stantz and Spengler regroup to nuke the spooks in this high-spirited comedy. Sidelined after their spectacular save of New York City five years ago, the heroes of the hereafter once again answer the call when an underground river of ghoulish goo threatens to rot the Big Apple to the core. Special features: 2 episodes from the animated series "The real Ghostbusters : Citizen ghost" and "The real Ghostbusters : Partner in slime". 124 min. DVD 8151
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Say Anything (1989)
Directed by Cameron Crowe. Cast: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney. An eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student. He surprises just about everyone, including himself, when she returns the sentiment. However, Diane's over-possessive, divorced dad doesn't approve and it's going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all. Bonus features: Commentary by director Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, and Ione Sky ; 10 deleted scenes ; 13 extended scenes & 5 alternate scenes ; featurette ; theatric trailers & TV spots. 100 min. DVD X4570
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True Love (1989)
Directed by Nancy Savoca. Cast: Annabella Sciorra, Ron Eldard, Aida Turturro, Roger Rignack, Star Jasper. This comedy traces the shifting moods and contrary behavior of two Italian-American sweethearts in the last days before their wedding whose disagreements could very well land them in divorce court. 101 min. DVD 5498
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Reality Bites (1989)
Directed by Ben Stiller. Cast: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn. The irreverent portrayal of the harsh realities of life after college captures the misadventures of Lelaina, an ambitious TV production assistant, and her relationships with her sarcastic roommate, Vickie, friends Sammy and Troy, and an ambitious video executive, Michael. Special features: deleted scenes with on-camera introduction from Ben Stiller ; feature commentary with Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress ; a retrospective: the stars look back on the making of the movie, what it was like to work together and how much fun they had ; Lisa Loeb interview ; "Stay" music video ; theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD X4572
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Crockford, Julian. ""It's All About Bucks, Kid. The Rest is Conversation." Framing the Economic Narrative from Wall Street to Reality Bites." Post Script, Winter/Spring2000, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p19-33, 15p UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "Reality Bites." Nation, 3/21/1994, Vol. 258 Issue 11, p390, 3p UC users only
Oake, Jonathon I. "Reality Bites and Generation X as Spectator." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Spring2004, Issue 53, p83-97, 15p UC users only
Savage, Jon. "Boomers and busters." Sight & Sound, Jul94, Vol. 4 Issue 7, p18-21, 4p UC users only

The War of the Roses (1989)
Directed by Danny DeVito. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, G.D. Spradlin. A once happy marriage disintegrates into an escalating war as the couple, having decided to divorce, fight over the division of their possessions. It becomes a deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all in which nothing - not the pets, not the cars and certainly not themselves - is sacred. 116 min. DVD 1701
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When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Director, Rob Reiner. Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby. Romantic comedy that starts with the relationship between just-graduated-from-college Sally and Harry. They drive to New York together and find they dislike each other, but through the years develop a close friendship. The big question is can they sleep together and still love each other in the morning! 96 min. DVD 1751
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The Hollywood romantic comedy : conventions, history, controversies / Leger Grindon. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G75 2011)

1990-present

Green Card (Australia | France | USA, 1990)
Director: Peter Weir. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell. Two strangers agree to a marriage of convenience. She gets the apartment of her dreams and he gets a green card to live in the U.S. The two encounter difficulties, and even worse, they just might be falling in love. 107 min. DVD X4176
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Home Alone (1990)
Director, Chris Columbus. Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara. When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister's family left for vacation, they forgot one minor detail: Kevin. He's left home alone overnight with two bumbling burglers trying to break in so he rigs a bewildering battery of boobytraps to welcome them. 105 min. DVD X3960
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Kincheloe, Joe L. "Home Alone and 'Bad to the Bone': The Advent of a Postmodern Childhood." In: Kinderculture : the corporate construction of childhood / edited by Shirley R. Steinberg and Joe L. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, , 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks LB1139.25 .K55 , 1997)
Street, Sarah. "'Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All Men': The Depiction of Christmas in Modern Hollywood Films." In: Christmas at the movies : images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema / edited by M London ; New York : I.B. Tauris Publishers ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.C5113 C66 2000)

House Party (1990)
Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Cast: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Paul Anthony, Kid 'N' Play, Full Force. A fast and fresh look at one teenager's pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Kid has three things going for him...a tall fade, a wide grin and a way with women, but against him are an over-protective father and a trio "Full Force" as the pumped-up punks who want to put an end to Kid's fun. 100 min.DVD 7352
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Metropolitan (1990)
Directed by Whit Stillman. Cast: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Taylor Nichols, Christopher Eigeman, Alison Parisi, Dylan Hundley, Isabel Gillies, Bryan Leder, Will Kempe, Elizabeth Thompson. When a group of young sophisticated high society friends in New York take in a new member with more humble origins, they begin to learn what life is like outside their sheltered world. Special features: Commentary with writer, director, Whit Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Christopher Eigeman and Taylor Nichols; Outtakes; Memorial to Brian Greenbaum, line producer; Alternate casting with commentary by Stillman; Original theatrical trailer. 99 min. DVD X3836
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City Slickers (1991)
Directed by Ron Underwood. Cast: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby, Patricia Wettig, Helen Slater, Jack Palance. Comedy about three men friends who are going through mid-life crises. They decide that the answer to their malaise is a fantasy vacation out West where they can play cowboy on a cattle drive.114 min. DVD X4249
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance)
American Comedy Awards - Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Billy Crystal); Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Jack Palance)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Jack Palance)

Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)
Directed by Joseph Vasquez. Cast: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo, Nestor Serrano. Four Bronx buddies head to Manhattan for a wild night on the town that takes them from an uptown house party to an exclusive downtown nightclub, from peep show to police station, and finally to a latenight controntation in this urban comedy. 89 min. DVD X7119; vhs 999:1317
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L.A. Story (1991)
Directed by Mick Jackson. Cast: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker. A wacky television weatherman thinks his life is perfect except for an erratic relationship with a style-conscious girlfriend. Then, one bright and smoggy L.A. day, an electronic freeway sign changes his life, when its advice leads him into a frivolous romance with a young and beautiful blond and, ultimately, to true love with the woman of his dreams. 98 min. DVD 1365
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Livin' Large (1991)
Directed by Michael Schultz. Cast: Terence "T.C." Carson, Lisa Arrindell, Blanche Baker, Nathaniel "Afrika" Hall, Julia Campbell. Dexter Jackson will let nothing stop him from getting rich as a TV news anchor, until he realizes he's losing touch with his roots. A high-spirited comic fable about going from downtown to uptown, from hip-hop to straight to the top! 95 min. DVD 9611
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The Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Directed by David Zucker. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Robert Goulet, O.J. Simpson, George Kennedy. The inept cop, Lt. Frank Drebbin returns to save the day once again. This time he's out to foil the "big boys" in the energy business. A top scientist is about to publish his report on energy for the future and things don't look good for the traditional suppliers of oil and coal. To save their industries, the suppliers kidnap the scientist and replace him with a decoy with a more favourable report. 85 min. DVD X856
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Other People's Money (1991)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie, Dean Jones, Tom Aldredge, R.D. Call, Mo Gaffney, Bette Henritze. A comedy about a ruthless Wall Street deal maker who pursues the hostile takeover of a small manufacturing company, New England Wire & Cable, and during the buyout attempt becomes enamoured with the company's attorney. Based on the play by Jerry Sterner. 101 min. DVD X3789
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Feldman, Stuart. "Business Gets a Bad Rap." Management Review, Nov92, Vol. 81 Issue 11, p49, 6p UC users only
Graham, Lise; Peña, Leticia; Kocher, Claudia. "Other People's Money: A Visual Technology for Teaching Corporate Restructuring Cross-Functionally." Journal of Management Education; Feb99, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p53-64, 12p UC users only

Scenes from a Mall (1991)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Cast: Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Bill Irwin, Daren Firestone, Rebecca Rickels. A married couple- he's a sports attorney, she's a pop psychologist- go to an upscale mall where their shopping spree turns into something more expensive! Things go from bad to worse as they try to work out some of their marital problems amidst a shopping binge. 87 min. DVD 2715
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What About Bob? (1991)
Director, Frank Oz. Cast: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, Kathyrn Erbe. Bob Wiley, a troubled but lovable therapy patient, seeks help from noted psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin. When the doctor leaves town to go on a quiet family vacation, Bob, afraid of being alone, follows--showing up unexpectedly at the therapist's lakeside retreat. Bob becomes the houseguest that just won't leave. 99 min. DVD X6811
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Bob Roberts (1992)
Directed by Tim Robbins. Cast: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Susan Sarandon, Fred Ward. A satirical comedy in which a radical folksinger turned senatorial candidate blends singing, music videos and scandal on the campaign trail. Special DVD features: Commentary with Tim Robbins ; commentary with Tim Robbins and Gore Vidal ; commentary with political editors, Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair ; deleted scenes ; theatrical trailer ; TV spots ; photo gallery ; cast and crew information ; production notes. 102 min. DVD X1040; vhs 999:1189
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Troy, Gil. "Bob Roberts." American Historical Review, 1993, Vol. 98 Issue 4, p1186-1188, 3p UC users only

Fear of a Black Hat (1992)
Directed by Rusty Cundieff. Cast: Rusty Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons. A filmmaker infiltrates rap band NWH in this satire of gangsta rappers, which focuses on the hip hop trio Tasty-Taste, Ice Cold, and Tone Def. The movie irreverently pokes fun at white rappers, the L.A. riots, as well as violence in rap. 95 min. DVD X3980
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Donalson, Melvin Burke. "Off the Hook: Comedy and Romance with a Hip-Hop Flavor." In: Black directors in Hollywood Austin : University of Texas Press, 2003. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N4 D66 2003)
Fulmer, Jacqueline. "Cundieff's Revision of Masculinity in Film, or, a 'Hard' Man Is Not Necessarily Good to Find." In: Authorship and film / edited by David A. Gerstner and Janet Staiger. New York : Routledge, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1996 .A94 2003)
George, Edward. "Beneath the Hats." Sight and Sound, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. 26-27, 1994 Nov UC users only

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Director, Chris Columbus. Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Tim Curry, Brenda Fricker, Catherine O'Hara. Kevin McCallister is ready to turn the Big Apple into his own playground. The notorious Wet Bandits, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are plotting a huge holiday heist in New York. Kevin's ready to welcome them with a battery of booby traps that the bumbling bandits will never forget. 120 min. DVD X3960
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Kincheloe, Joe L. "Home Alone and 'Bad to the Bone': The Advent of a Postmodern Childhood." In: Kinderculture : the corporate construction of childhood / edited by Shirley R. Steinberg and Joe L. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, , 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks LB1139.25 .K55 , 1997)

Mister Saturday Night(1992)
Director, Billy Crystal. Cast: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt, Ron Silver, Jerry Orbach, Jerry Lewis. Story of a legendary comedian who nobody's ever heard of and his hilarious backstage climb-to-the-middle. Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that there just may not be room in the business for an old comic like himself. 91 min. DVD X7116; vhs 999:3819
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My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Directed by Jonathan Lynn. Cast: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne. Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. They are defended by the cousin of one of them (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court and this case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade. 120 min. DVD 1437
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Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italianamerican Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Apr-Jun2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p155, 12p UC users only

Simple Men (1992)
Directed by Hal Hartley. Cast: Robert Burke, William Sage, Karen Sillas, Elina Lowensohn, Martin Donovan, John MacKay. Bill McCabe, a ne'er-do-well who has jut been double-crossed by his girlfriend during a heist, is reunited with his younger and more reserved brother Dennis. Together the two brothers go after their father, a former all-star shortstop and mad-bomber anarchist, when he breaks out of jail, and who is now hiding out in deepest, darkest Long Island. 105 min. DVD 4061
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Sister Act (1992)
Directed by Emile Ardolino. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, Harvey Keitel, Bill Nunn. In this comedy a sassy, low-rent lounge singer is forced to hide out from the mob in the last place on earth anyone would look for her -- in a convent. While there she turns the convent choir into a "soulful chorus of swingin' sisters" complete with a Motown repertoire. The sudden celebrity of the choir however jeopardizes her hidden identity. 100 min. DVD X7148; vhs 999:3219
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Wayne's World (1992)
Directed by Penelope Spheeris. Cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe, Brian Doyle-Murry, Lara Flynn Boyle. Wayne and Garth have their own public access TV show. A local station decides to hire them to do their show professionally. Wayne meets and falls in love with Cassandra, a bass guitarist, whom he helps by getting her career started by using his connections. 94 min. DVD 6237
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Wild West: Nashville is Just a State of Mind (1992)
Director, David Atwood. Cast: Naveen Andrews, Sarita Choudhury, Bhasker. This slapstick romp chronicles the ups and downs of a London-based country western band made up of young Pakistani immigrants as they try to make it out of the ghetto and into the spotlight. Their major hindrance proves to be a contentious band of English punk rockers. 85 min. vhs 999:3106
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And God Spoke: The Making of ...a Documentary (1993)
Director, Arthur Borman. Cast: Michael Riley, Stephen Rappaport, Soupy Sales, Lou Ferrigno, Eve Plumb, Michael Medved, Andy Dick. A "mockumentary" about the making of a big budget Bible picture. Producer Steve Rappaport and director Michael Riley have been given carte blanche to make a multimillion-dollar epic based on the Old Testament. One day into production, they blow their budget and are forced to cut corners with a scythe and to scout around for cheap locations in the L.A. area, making do with whatever stars they can afford. 82 min. DVD 3181
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Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Directed by Donald Petrie. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Daryl Hannah, Burgess Meredith, Buck Henry. Neighborhood curmudgeons' long-running feud becomes an all-out rivalry when an attractive widow moves into the house across the street. 104 min. DVD X1774
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Groundhog Day (1993)
Directed by Harold Ramis. Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott. A romantic comedy about a TV weatherman on the worst day of his life. Phil Connors is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. Caught in a giant blizzard--which he failed to predict--and forced to stay in the small town, he awakes to find that he must relive Groundhog Day over and over and over... 101 min. DVD 8441
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton. In this comic romp bursting with wry one-liners and inspired sight gags, a bored Manhattan housewife becomes convinced her next-door neighbor has committed a murder. When her husband Larry rejects the idea, she turns to a flirtatious friend to help her search for clues. Spurred by jealousy, Larry reluctantly joins the chase, only to learn that much more than his marrige is at stake. 108 min. DVD 46;
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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Directed by Chris Columbus. Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Prosky. Daniel Hillard is no ordinary father, so when he learns his ex-wife needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job. With the perfect wig, a little makeup and a dress for all occasions, he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire, a devoted British housekeeper who is hired on the spot. Free to be the "woman" he never knew he could be, the disguised Daniel creates a whole new life with his entire family. Based upon "Alias Madame Doubtfire" by Anne Fine. Special features: Running commentary by Chris Columbus; over 30 minutes of deleted scenes; on-camera interviews with Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Chris Columbus; interview with Chuck Jones; behind-the-scenes footage of makeup tests and application; storyboards, animation pencil tests; original theatrical trailers; TV sports. 125 min. DVD 9471
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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck, Mark Blankfield, Dave Chappelle, Isaac Hayes, Megan Cavanagh, Eric Allan Kramer, Matthew Porretta, Tracey Ullman. In this comedy spoof of the Robin Hood legend, Robin of Loxley, aided by his band of merry men, wrests power from the evil Prince John, humiliates the despicable Sheriff of Rottingham, and finds the key to the fair Maid Marian's heart--and her chastity belt. Special features: Robin Hood: men in tights, the legend had it coming (HBO special); original theatrical trailer. 104 min. DVD X803
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Sister 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
Directed by Bill Duke. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, James Coburn, Maggie Smith. Whoopi Goldberg returns as the lounge singer who goes undercover as a nun to help an ailing inner-city school. 107 min. DVD X7148
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Barcelona (1994)
Directed by Whit Stillman. Cast: Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, Tushka Bergen, Mira Sorvino, Pep Munné, Hellena Schmied, Nuria Badia, Jack Gilpin, Thomas Gibson. Ted Boynton is an American businessman looking for love. His cousin, Fred, is out for lust. Together, they launch an all-out attack to find the girl of their dreams in the city of Barcelona. 101 min. DVD X3838
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Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
Directed by John Landis. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Hector Elizondo, Theresa Randle. Axle Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of LA's popular theme park, WonderWorld. 104 min. DVD X1034
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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Jim Broadbent, John Cusack, Harvey Fierstein, Chazz Palminteri, Mary-Louise Parker, Rob Reiner, Jennifer Tilly, Tracey Ullman, Joe Viterelli, Jack Warden, Dianne Wiest. David Shayne is an idealistic young writer who'll do anything to get his first Broadway play off the ground -- even if it means teaming up with the mob! Surrounded by a wacky cast of characters, including a gangster's ditzy girlfriend, a tipsy actress and a mob hit man, Shayne's got to pull it all off before the curtain falls, and the bullets start to fly. 95 min. DVD 110
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Clerks (1994)
Directed by Kevin Smith. Cast: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Jason Mewes, Lisa Spoonhauer. Portrays one wacky day in the life of a pair of overworked counter jockeys whose razor-sharp wit and on-the-job antics give a whole new meaning to customer service. Even while braving a nonstop parade of unpredictable shoppers, the clerks manage to play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home, and straighten out their offbeat love lives! Special features include: Disc 1. Theatrical version, commentary, featurettes, auditions -- Disc 2. Clerks: The first cut, commentary -- Disc 3. Documentary "Snowball effect: the story of Clerks". 92 min. DVD X1148
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Award of the Youth
Sundance Film Festival - Filmmakers Trophy

Naked Gun 33-1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Directed by Peter Segal. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Fred Ward. Lt. Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he is to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Eventually they both wind up at the Academy Award ceremony where Drebin blunders his way humiliating the guests while trying to foil Rocco's terrorist plot. 83 min. DVD X856
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PCU (1994)
Directed by Hart Bochner. Cast: Jeremy Piven, Chris Young, David Spade, Megan Ward, Sarah Trigger, Jessica Walter. Summary Port Chester University (aka Politically Correct U) -- where the politically correct go head-to-head with the Party Animals, resulting in the rowdiest college comedy since "Animal House." 80 min. DVD X167
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Serial Mom (1994)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Suzanne Somers. Beverly Sutphin is a seemingly perfect homemaker who will stop at nothing to rid the neighborhood of anyone who dares to make someone in her family feel bad. When she's not making obscene prank calls to the neighbors or bribing her garbagemen to save embarrassing items from her neighbors' trash, she's mowing down whoever would be so rude as to make her husband go into his office on a Saturday, break up with her daughter, or suggest that her son watches too many horror movies. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world. Special features: "Serial mom": surreal moments; The kings of gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman; The making of "Serial mom"; Feature commentary with director John Waters and star Kathleen Turner. 94 min. DVD X272
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Clueless (1995)
Directed by Amy Heckerling. Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Justin Walker, Wallace Shawn. It's not easy being the most popular and glamorous girl at Beverly Hills High, yet somehow 15-year-old Cher manages, even finding time for extracurricular projects like finding a love match for her debate teacher and giving a dowdy friend a fashion makeover. But Cher's tidy world starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of a sexy, stylish new classmate and Cher's square but cute "ex-stepbrother" 97 min. DVD 979
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The Daytrippers (1995)
Directed by Greg Mottola. Cast: Hope Davis, Pat McNamara, Anne Meara, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci. Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station wagon, to go to the city to confront Louis with the letter. On the way, the five explore their relations with each other, and meet many interesting people. 87 min. DVD X6542
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Dazed and Confused (1995)
Directed by Richard Linklater. Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney Vance, Robin Bartlett, Bruklin Harris. A comic film exploring the last day of school -- and one rowdy night -- in the lives of a group of American high school students in late May, 1976. Special DVD features: Nine never-before-seen deleted scenes; the blunt truth - side-splitting institutional filmstrip on the dangers of partying; retro public service announcements. 103 min. DVD X1082; vhs 999:1296
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Dracula, Dead and Loving It (1995)
Directed by Mel Brooks. Cast: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck, Lysette Anthony. Another spoof from the mind of Mel Brooks. This time he's out to poke fun at the Dracula myth. Basically, he took "Bram Stoker's Dracula," gave it a new cast and a new script and made a big joke out of it. The usual, rich English are attacked by Dracula and Dr. Van Helsing is brought in to save the day. Special features: Commentary by director/co-writer Mel Brooks, co-stars Steven Weber and Amy Yasbeck and co-writers Rudy DeLuca and Steve Haberman; theatrical trailer. 90 min.DVD X864
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Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Directed by Howard Deutch. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, Kevin Pollak, Daryl Hannah. Grumpy Old Men become grumpier in this sequel as a newcomer (Sophia Loren) plans to change the town's bait shop into a ristorante. 101 min. DVD X1774
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Mallrats (1995)
Directed by Kevin Smith. Cast: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Renee Humphrey, Jason Mewes, Ethan Suplee, Stan Lee, Priscilla Barnes, Michael Rooker. When T.S. is dumped by his girlfriend, he retreats to the mall with his comic book-loving best friend Brodie, whose girlfriend has also left him. Between brooding and visits to the food court, the unmotivated suburban New Jersey teenagers decide to win their girlfriends back with the help of Silent Bob and Jay, the ultimate delinquents, as they scheme to disrupt T.S.'s girlfriend's father's dating game TV show that is going to be broadcast from the local mall. Special features: feature commentary with director and cast members; deleted scenes; live footage from the feature commentary session; featurette; theatrical trailer; MCA soundtrack presentation: The Goops "Build me up Buttercup;" production photographs. 96 min. DVD X5990
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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, David Ogden Stiers, Jack Warden, Peter Weller. In this comic feature a sportswriter tries to track down the mother of his adopted son and discovers she is a prostitute and pornographic film star. 95 min. DVD 107
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Party Girl (1995)
Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Cast: Parker Posey, Anthony DeSando, Guillermo Diaz, Donna Mitchell, Liev Schreiber, Omar Townsend. Mary is a free-spirited young woman with a run-down New York apartment and a high fashion wardrobe. She calls her godmother, a librarian, for bail money after being arrested for throwing an illegal party. To repay the loan, she begins working as a library clerk. At first she hates it, but when challenged decides to master the Dewey Decimal System and become a great library clerk, while romancing a Lebanese falafel vendor and helping her roommate in his goal to become a professional DJ. 98 min. DVD 2876
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Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Directed by Wes Craven. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon. Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. Rita's mother, who has died in an asylum, was that woman and Rita has nightmares that she does not understand. Not knowing that she is part vampire, Max woos her but only Rita can decide her destiny as she is pursued by Maximillian, the most diabolical, dashing and definitely undead dude in the 'hood. 102 min. DVD X2279
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The Birdcage (1996)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest. The story of a middle-aged gay couple's comic encounter with a self-righteously straight and conservative family. Armand and Albert reluctantly accept young Val's intention to marry the daughter of a conservative Senator, but when the fiancee's family comes to visit, the whole household is turned upside down. Based on the stage play La cage aux folles by Jean Poiret. 119 min. DVD 1614
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Bottle Rocket (1996)
Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast: Owen C. Wilson, Luke Wilson, Robert Musgrave, Andrew Wilson, Lumi Cavazos, James Caan. After his stay in a mental hospital, Anthony reconnects with best pal Dignan, who greets his friend with a plan for them to become professional thieves working for a criminal mastermind named Mr. Henry. Step one: recruit a wheelman--Bob, a bored, wealthy 20-something living in fear of his older brother. Step two: rob a strip mall bookstore. Step three: go on the lam, which in this case means hide out at a motel in the middle of nowhere and, for Anthony at least, fall in love with a Paraguayan housekeeper named Inez. Step four: join up with Mr. Henry and pull off the heist of their lives--sort of. Special features: Disc 2. The making of "Bottle Rocket" [featurette] (26 min., (2008) -- Bottle rocket [original short, b&w] (14 min.,1992) ; The Shafrazi Lectures No. 1: "Bottle Rocket" (11 min., 2008) ; Murita cycles (27 min.,1979) ; Deleted scenes (17 min.); Anamorphic test (3 min.); Storyboards [slide show]; Photos by Laura Wilson [slide show] 91 min. DVD X4086
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Don't be a Menace to South Central while Drinking your Juice in the Hood (1996)
Directed by Paris Barclay. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans. From block parties and beepers to high tops and high-powered weapons, it's everything that's funny about growing up in the 'hood ... the Wayans Brothers' neighborhood, that is! 89 min. DVD 1058
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Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts, Tim Roth. Romance meets comedy in Woody Allen's first movie a fun-filled story of one wealthy, eccentric and romantically challenged extended family from New York's Upper West Side. 101 min. DVD 108; VHS 999:1872
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I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Director, Herb Gardner. Cast: Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson, Martha Plimpton. Eighty-one year old Nat Moyer is a compulsive and fanciful talker, a feisty philosopher, and a troublemaker given to assuming personalities. His daily companion on a bench in New York's Central Park is Midge Carter, a half-blind apartment house superintendent. Midge's approach to life is realistic and down-to-earth, making him the perfect foil for Nat. With vaudevillian flair, these appealing oldsters outrageously take on the world and its multiple threats--drug dealers and muggers, enlightened children, forced retirement, and the spector of the old folks' home. 137 min. DVD X7144; vhs 999:3518
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Mars Attacks! (1996)
Director, Tim Burton. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie, Sylvia Sidney. Mean, green invaders from the angry red planet attempt to take over the Earth ... armed with insta-fry ray guns, endowed with slimy, humungous brains, and enlivened with state-of-the-art special effects. Thrill!... as Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. 106 min. DVD 1013
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Late Bloomers (1996)
Directed by Julia Dyer. Cast: Connie Nelson, Dee Hennigan, Gary Carter, Lisa Peterson, Esteban Powell, Joe Nemmers. A romantic comedy in which high school basketball coach Dinah Groshardt falls for school secretary Carly Lumpkin, creating uproar from classroom to locker room and from the principal's office to the PTA. 104 min. DVD 1909
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Multiplicity (1996)
Directed by Harold Ramis. Cast: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Harris Yulin, Richard Masur. Michael Keaton takes on four hilariously distinct roles in this comedy about a man who clones himself to save his marriage and then almost loses his wife to himself. 84 min. DVD 3533
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Schizopolis (1996)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen, Mike Malone, Eddie Jemison, Scott Allen, Katherine La Nasa, C.C. Courtney, Liann Pattison, Silas Cooper, Sarah Soderbergh, Peter Soderbergh, Park Seward. Fletcher Munson, a corporate drone and speechwriter for a New Age guru, discovers he has a doppelganger in the crazed dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. A deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeack and intrigue. Starring director Steven Soderbergh. 96 min. DVD X4134
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School Daze (1996)
Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Larry Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Kyme, Joe Seneca, Art Evans, Ellen Holly, Ossie Davis. This music-filled, off-beat contemporary comedy takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Dap and Big Brother Almighty conflict over the Greek frat system while the Wanna-be's and Jigaboo's conflict over self-identity and self-esteem. 114 min. DVD 529; VHS 999:2194
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Waiting for Guffman(1996)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban. Corky St. Clair has created an ambitious musical celebrating his small town's 150th anniversary. He dreams of making it big on Broadway along with stagestruck residents who pin their hopes of being discovered on Corky's hilariously hapless theater production. 84 min. DVD X3977
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Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban, Richard Benjamin, Eric Bogosian, Billy Crystal, Judy Davis, Mariel Hemingway, Amy Irving, Julie Kavner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Demi Moore, Elisabeth Shue, Stanley Tucci, Robin Williams. Harry Block has gone through three wives, six psychiatrists and dozens of girlfriends during his long literary career. But when Harry writes a bestseller about his best friends, his best friends become his worst enemies. Now, instead of going back to his old school to be honored for his literary achievements, Harry's going straight to hell. 96 min. DVD 105; vhs 999:2015
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Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (1997)
Directed by Jay Roach. Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Fabiana Udenio, Mindy Sterling, Paul Dillon, Charles Napier. Frozen in the 60's, secret agent Austin Powers is thawed back into action to once again battle his archenemy Dr. Evil. With his sexy sidekick Ms. Kensington, Austin must stop Dr. Evil's outrageous plot to control the world. But first, this time-warped swinger must get hip quick and discover that there's no free love in the 90's. Special features: Commentary by Mike Myers and Jay Roach ; 7 deleted scenes including 2 alternate endings ; star highlights ; animated interactive menus ; "Music to shag to" original animated sequence ; original theatrical trailer ; cameo menu ; cast biographies and filmographies ; spy genre retrospective. 90 min. DVD X844
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Awards
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Fantasy Film

B.A.P.S (Black American Princesses) (1997)
Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: Halle Berry, Martin Landau, Ian Richardson, Natalie Desselle. Nesi and Mickey are two waitresses at a crossroads. Underpaid and unappreciated, they dream of owning a combination restaurant/hair salon. There's a problem: they're broke. So when the chance to audition as dance girls for a music video pops up, the girls head to L.A. They fail to get the part, but Nesi lands in the most improbable role of all, impersonating the granddaughter of an ailing billionaires long-lost love for $10,000 and full use of his Beverly Hills estate. 90 min. DVD 4208
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Booty Call (1997)
Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones. After weeks of dating, Rushon and Nikki think they might be in love. And they know they're in lust. There's just one little problem--Nikki insists on double-dating with her best friend Lysterine on the night Rushon has reserved for romance. 79 min. DVD 2936
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Chasing Amy (1997)
Directed by Kevin Smith. Cast: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes. Holden and Banky are comic book artists. A pair of comic book authors named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, who live in New Jersey, have been best friends since 20 years. They spend their time working in their studio, and in the evenings they are going out. But their friendship is about to be disputed for the first time in their life, when a beautiful young lesbian woman named Alyssa Jones enters their life and Holden falls in love with her. Now Holden has to deal with Banky's jealousy, and with his new girlfriend's very rich past. 113 min. DVD X5997
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Gridlock'd (1997)
Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall. Cast: Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth, Thandie Newton. When a friend dies of a drug overdose, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police. 91 min. DVD X2998
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Home Alone 3 (1997)
Director, Raja Gosnell. Cast: Alex D. Linz, Haviland Morris. A band of international crooks has hidden a military computer chip inside a toy car, but an airport mis-up lands it in the hands of whiz-kid Alex Pruitt who's home alone with the chicken pox in a quiet Chicago suburb. When the criminals zero in on Alex's house with their high-tech gadgetry, madness and mayhem kick into high gear as the pint-sized hero defends himself against the bumbling bad guys -- armed with an outrageous array of ambushes and booby traps! 102 min. DVD X3961
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How to Be a Player (1997)
Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Cast: Bill Bellamy, Natalie Desselle, Bernie Mac. Dray is a young playboy whose only objective in life seems to be to have sex with as many girls as he can without getting caught by his girlfriend Lisa. Dray's sister Jenny and her friend Katrina plan to show him that the way he lives is wrong and organize a party in Malibu, inviting all of his girlfriends. 100 min. DVD X3348
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In & Out (1997)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart & Tom Selleck. When a former student, now a moviestar tells the world during the Ocars that a high school teacher is gay, the man tries hard to assert his manliness. 93 min. DVD X5518; vhs 999:2014
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Liar Liar (1997)
Director, Tom Shadyac. Cast: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes. Fletcher Reed is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max blows out the candles on his fifth birthday cake, he has just one wish - that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When Max's wish comes true, Fletcher discovers that his biggest asset - his mouth - has become his biggest liability. 87 min. DVD 1107
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West Is West (1997)
Directed by David Rathod. Cast: Ashutosh Gowariker, Heidi Carpenter, Pearl Padamsee, Rex Delgado. In this romantic comedy Vikram arrives from Bombay to find his college plans have fallen through. He winds up staying in a hotel in the Tenderloin District where he meets and falls for Sue, a bohemian artist who works at a local movie theater. With his visa running out, Vikram resorts to desperate measures including a bungled burglary attempt and an impromptu curbside wedding. The musical finale of this cheeky cross-cultural comedy is a rousing homage to Bollywood. Special features: two early shorts by David Rathod, "Henry's River" (7 min.) and "Distant Traveller" (11 min.) ; "San Francisco: Then and Now" - a video documentary by David Rathod detailing the differences between San Francisco in the punked-out 1980s and now; short documentary about the cast; original press kit; stills gallery. 80 min. DVD X5519; vhs 999:1921
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The Big Lebowski (1998)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro. "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for another Lebowski who is rich and owes some thugs a lot of money. After Dude comes home one day to find that the thugs have broken in and ruined his favorite carpet, he vows to get even. 98 min. DVD 2062
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American Pie (1999)
Directed by Paul Weitz. Cast: Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann W. Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eugene Levy. Takes a hysterical look at the hapless adventures of four "unlucky in love" high school friends as they gear up for the prom. 96 min. DVD 2259
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The Book of Life (1998)
Directed by Hal Hartley. Cast: Martin Donovan, P.J. Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan, Dave Simonds, Miho Nikaido, D.J. Mendel, James Urbaniak. In this dark comedy about the Apocalypse, Jesus arrives at JFK Airport with his assistant, Magdalena. He transfers the "Book of Life" to computer disk and battles the Devil for human souls, with second thoughts about whether these lives are worth saving. 63 min. DVD 3783
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Bulworth (1998)
Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington. A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. 108 min. DVD X1037
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Celebrity (1998)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Hank Azaria, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Melanie Griffith, Winona Ryder. Following their divorce, the lives of a restless writer and his inhibited ex-wife take off in unpredictable directions. While Lee explores the wilder side of his newfound freedom, Robin begins an improbable transformation from neurotic schoolteacher to high-profile TV talk show host where she encounters movie stars and the cream of high society. 113 min. DVD 109
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Rushmore (1998)
Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Brian Cox, Seymour Cassel, Mason Gamble. Max Fischer, a 10th grader at elite Rushmore Academy is editor of the school newspaper and captain or president of innumerable clubs and societies, but is also one of the worst students in the school, with the treat of expulsion hanging permanently over his head. Max's world is rocked when he falls for elegant 1st grade teacher, Miss Cross, and then finds himself in competition with a wealthy older man for her affections. 93 min. DVD 145
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Awards

American Comedy Awards - Funniest Supporting (Bill Murray)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actor

There's Something About Mary (1998)
Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly. Cast: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans, Chris Elliott, Lin Shaye, Jeffrey Tambor, Markie Post, Keith David. In 1985, teen-nerd Ted challenges a high-schooler who's bullying retarded Warren. His concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling and desirable Mary to choose Ted as her senior prom date, but the date never happens. 13 years later Ted hires Pat to locate Mary, and the private investigator finds her in Miami. Pat claims to be a Harvard-educated architect and Mary falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Ted learns the truth but continues to encounter offbeat obstacles as he accelerates to Miami in hopes of finding happiness with his true love. 119 min. DVD X4228
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Awards
American Comedy Awards - Funniest Actress (Cameron Diaz)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Cameron Diaz)

Anderson, Kristin J.; Accomando, Christina. "Madcap Misogyny and Romanticized Victim-Blaming: Discourses of Stalking in There's Something About Mary." Women & Language. Spring99, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p24-28. 5p.
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Grindon, Leger "Parody and the grotesque in There's something about Mary (1998)." In: The Hollywood romantic comedy : conventions, history, controversies / Leger Grindon. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G75 2011)

You've Got Mail! (1998)
Directed by Nora Ephron. Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn, Dabney Coleman, Greg Kinnear. A romance in which superstore book chain magnate Hanks and cozy children's bookshop owner Ryan are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love, unaware that they are combative business rivals. 120 min. DVD 3016
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Asenas, Jennifer J. "Remakes to Remember: Romantic Myths in Remade Films and Their Original Counterparts." In: Critical thinking about Sex, love, and romance in the mass media : media literacy applications / edi Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks HQ801 .C7397 2007)
Christensen, Jerome. "Taking It to the Next Level: You've Got Mail, Havholm and Sandifer." Critical Inquiry; Autumn2003, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p198, 18p UC users only
Eken, Ali Nihat "'You've got mail': a film workshop." ELT Journal (2003) 57 (1): 51-59. UC users only
Morrison, Aimee. "Newfangled Computers And Old-Fashioned Romantic Comedy: You've Got Mail's Futuristic Nostalgia." Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring2010, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p41-58, 18p UC users only
Pugh, Tison. "The Perilous Pleasures of the Cyberpastoral: "Electric Dreams" and "You've Got Mail." Studies in the Humanities, Jun2007, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p1-24, 24p UC users only

Analyze This (1999)
Directed by Harold Ramis. Cast: Robert DeNiro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Chazz Palminteri. De Niro plays powerful New York crime family racketeer Paul Vitti. Crystal is shrink Ben Sobel, who has just days to resolve Vitti's emotional crisis and turn him into a happy, well-adjusted gangster. Sobel is a family psychiatrist, but this isn't the kind of family he had in mind. Special features: documentary "gag reel" segment, interactive menus, filmographies, theatrical trailer. 104 min. DVD X4550
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Awards
American Comedy Awards - Funniest Motion Picture

Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Directed by Jay Roach. Cast: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Rob Lowe, Robert Wagner, Seth Green and Elizabeth Hurley. Intent on world domination, diabolical genius Dr. Evil travels back to 1969 and steals Austin's "mojo". Now Austin must return to the swingin' sixties, recover his mojo and stop his nemesis from liquidating the world. Special features: Almost 20 min. deleted scenes; feature length commentary with Mike Meyers, director Jay Roach and co-writer Michael McCullers; behind the scenes documentary; Dr. Evil's "Hidden" special features page: jump to the Dr. Evil song; Comedy Central's canned ham: "The Dr. Evil Story"; music videos: Madonna "Beautiful Stranger"; Lenny Kravitz "American Woman"; Mel B (aka Scary Spice) "Word Up"; four theatrical trailers. Audio commentary and behind the scenes documentary produced by Mark Rance. 95 min. DVD X845
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Bowfinger (1999)
Director, Frank Oz. Cast: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Christine Baranski, Terence Stamp, Heather Graham, Jamie Kennedy. A group of wanna-be filmmakers and actors concocts a scheme to make a movie with a major star without having to pay him in this comedy. With the help of Jiff Ramsey, brother to Hollywoods biggest star, Hollywood's least successful director stops at nothing to get him into his latest low-budget film. 97 min. DVD 3383
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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Director, Michael Patrick Jann. Cast: Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Allison Janney, Sam McMurray, Brittany Murphy. The Sarah Rose Princess America Pageant is a beauty contest to die for. And that's exactly what the contestants in Mount Rose, Minnesota are doing. Ever since the vivacious but vicious former beauty queen, Gladys, has been pushing her charm-challenged daughter, Rebecca, to win at all costs, the competition has been dropping like flies. 98 min. DVD 3179
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Election (1999)
Director, Alexander Payne. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves. In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter is determined to become president of Carver High's student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. 103 min. DVD 620
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (Award Alexander Payne Jim Taylor)
National Board of Review, USA - Special Recognition For Excellence in Filmmaking.
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Screenplay

Galaxy Quest(1999)
Directed by Dean Parisot. Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs, Patrick Breen. For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector-- 'Commannder Peter Quincy Taggart, ' 'Lt. Tawny Madison, ' and 'Dr. Lazarus'-- set off on thrilling and often dangerous missions in space-- and then their series was cancelled! Now, twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for 'historical documents' and beamed up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. With no script, no director and no clue, the actors must turn in the performances of their lives. Special features: On locaton in space featurette ; deleted scenes ; Thermian language audio track ; theatrical trailer ; cast & filmmakers' bios ; production notes. 102 min. DVD X870
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Never Been Kissed (1999)
Directed by Raja Gosnell. Cast: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Leelee Sobieski, Jeremy Jordan, Molly Shannon, Garry Marshall, John C. Reilly. Josie, a twenty-five-year-old Chicago copy editor, gets her first assignment as a reporter, going undercover at her old high school to learn about today's teens. While working, she finds that memories of her own high-school years come back to haunt her. 108 min. DVD X6778
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Office Space (1999)
Directed by Mike Judge. Cast: Ron Livingston, Stephen Root, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole. In this screwball comedy, an office drone decides that work sucks and actively tries to get fired. Instead, his "straight-shooting" attitude gets him promoted where he can play out his grand embezzling scheme, but can he pull it off before all corporate hell breaks loose? Special DVD features: "out of the office" all-new Office Space retrospective with writer/director Mike Judge; 8 never-before-seen deleted scenes ; original theatrical trailer. c1990. 90 min. DVD 9579; 999:2844
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She's All That (1999)
Directed by Robert Iscove. Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Kevin Pollak, Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Usher Raymond, Kimberly "Lil' Kim" Iones, Anna Paquin. When he's dumped by his beautiful girlfriend, Zack Siler bets a classmate that he can turn any girl into the prom queen. What he doesn't bet on, however, is falling in love. 95 min. DVD X4403
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Smart House (TV, 1999)
Directed by LeVar Burton. Cast: Ryan Merriman, Kevin Kilner, Jessica Steen, Katie Volding. Ben Cooper goes on-line to win a house designed to make life easier. The Smart House takes on a virtual motherly identity who not only becomes overly possessive of the Coopers, but replicates herself into PAT (Personal Applied Technology), out-of-control and dangerously un-delete-able. 82 min. vhs 999:3669
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Best in Show (2000)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Fred Willard. A comic look at dog show participants and their pooches. Join the fun as Mayflower Kennel Club competitors -- a fly-fishing shop owner from North Carolina, squabbling yuppies, a dim-bulb trophy wife and her ace handler, and others -- vie for the top prize. 90 min. DVD 3174
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Awards
American Comedy Awards - Funniest Motion Picture

Jones, Kent. "All in the Family: The Democratic Humor of Christopher Guest." Film Comment v. 42 no. 6 (November/December 2006) p. 46-8, 50 UC users only
Muir, John Kenneth. Best in show : the films of Christopher Guest and company. New York : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in North America by Hal Leonard, c2004. ( MAIN: PN1998.3.G853 M85 2004; Table of contents)
Richards, Andy. "Best in Show." Sight & Sound v. ns11 no. 3 (March 2001) p. 39-40UC users only

Big Momma's House (2000)
Directed by Raja Gosnell. Cast: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Paul Giamatti, Jascha Washington, Terrence Dashon Howard, Anthony Anderson, Ella Mitchell, Carl Wright, Phyllis Applegate. A tough-talking FBI agent is sent to Georgia to protect a single mom and her son from an escaped convict. He goes incognito by disguising himself as the woman's grandma. 98 min. DVD 5550
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Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (2000)
Directed by Chi Muoi Lo. Cast: Paul Winfield, Mary Alice, Chi Muoi Lo, Kieu Chinh, Lauren Tom, Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Christopher, George Wallace. Mai and her brother Dwayne were Vietnamese orphans in a refugee camp when an African-American couple adopted them 22 years ago. As an adult, Mai tracks down her mother and brings her to America for the first time. Now, after an emotional reunion, Dwayne and Mai face conflicting feelings over their identities and loyalites in this touching and funny look at what it means to be family. 119 min. DVD 1799
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Dinner Rush (2000)
Directed by Bob Giraldi. Cast: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, Vivian Wu, Mike McGlone, Kirk Acevedo, Sandra Bernhard, John Corbett. At New York's hottest restaurant, things are really heating up. Owner and bookie Louis Cropa lost a friend to a mob hit and now his chef's gambling problem has brought the unwelcome mobsters into their restaurant. 97 min. DVD 1694
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Scary Movie (2000)
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Cast: Marlon Wayans, Jon Abrahams, Carmen Electra. A parady of all the scary movies you've ever seen. The victims pile up and the laughs pile on as a group of teenagers find themselves being stalked by a recognizable masked killer! 88 min. DVD X5561
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Shanghai Noon (2000)
Directed by Tom Dey.Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu, Roger Yuan. Two cultures collide when East meets West in this stunt-filled, action-adventure comedy. Chinese Imperial Guard Chan goes West to rescue the beautiful kidnapped Princess Pei Pei. There he meets up with laid-back outlaw cowboy dude Roy O'Bannon: the best mismatch ever made in the rough and tumble Old West. 110 min. DVD 726
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Small Time Crooks (2000)
Directed by Woody Allen. Writer and director, Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Hugh Grant, Jon Lovitz, Elaine May, Michael Rapaport, Elaine Stritch, Tracey Ullman. An ex-con and his manicurist wife find their get-rich-quick scheme leaves them rolling in dough. Then when a bank heist takes a comical twist, the couple discovers that cookies pay better than crime. 95 min. DVD 444
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What Women Want (2000)
Director Nancy Meyers. Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Ashley Johnson, Judy Greer, Alan Alda, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine, Lisa Edelstein, Sarah Paulson, Bette Midler. A cocky, chauvinistic advertising executive magically acquires the ability to hear what women are thinking. Nick, a chauvinistic advertising exec. hot shot, has his life turned haywire when a fluke accident enables him to hear what women are thinking. At first all he wants to do is rid himself of this curse, until a wacky psychologist shows him that this could be used to his advantage! His first target is Darcy McGuire, the woman that got the promotion he wanted. But just as his plan is beginning to work, love gets in the way... Special features (33 min.): optional audio commentary by Meyers & Hutman; 2 theatrical trailers (5 min. total); "The making of 'What women want'" featurette (16 min.); "'What women want' : a look inside" featurette (12 min.). 115 min. DVD X2401
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American Adobo (Philippines / USA, 2001)
Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Gloria Romero. A story of five filipino American friends living in New York City, conflicted with their life choices and destinies, as they party away - sharing laughs, secrets, recipes and romance. An uniquely American story about what it means to be an immigrant in a land where it seems everyone is searching for an identity. 103 min. DVD 1656
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American Desi (2001)
Directed by Piyush Dinker Pandya. College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his East Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned Indian roommates. Through his new experiences, he struggles to understand the side of himself he has always turned his back on in order to fit in. 100 min. DVD 2893
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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Brian Markinson, Wallace Shawn, David Ogden Stiers, Charlize Theron. Someone is stealing millions in jewels from New York City's upper crust. It's up to insurance investigator C.W. Briggs to find out who is stealing the goods. Feeling that the heists are an inside job, he uses his instincts to discover which "insiders" are actually responsible. 102 min. DVD 1039
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Ghost World (2001)
Directors, Terry Zwigoff. Cast: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro, Bob Balaban, Illeana Douglas, Steve Buscemi. Two recent high school graduates wreak havoc on all who cross their paths, until an oddball loner looking for Miss Right comes into their lives. These social misfits learn the hard way that life after high school gets even weirder than they thought it would be. Based on the comic book by Daniel Clowes. Special features: making-of Ghost World featurette; deleted and alternate scenes; rare "music video" from the Bollywood film Gumnaam (1965), showcasing Mohammed Rafi's "Jaan Pehechaan Ho". 111 min. DVD 1478
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Haiku Tunnel (2001)
Directors, Jacob Kornbluth, Josh Kornbluth. Cast: Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Helen Shumaker, Amy Resnick, Brian Thorstenson, June Lomena, Sarah Overman. When young, commitment phobic Josh goes from "temp" to a permanent position at a San Francisco law firm, his happy, unstructured life begins to unravel. Soon, an unforgettable interoffice adventure begins involving the ice queen manager, a dangerous armed guard, a sexy criminal lawyer and seventeen seemingly unmailable letters. 90 min. DVD 1311
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Legally Blonde (2001)
Director, Tom Shadyac. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter. When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. Special features: Deleted scenes ; 2 featurettes: "Inside Legally Blonde," & "The hair that are Hollywood," 2 audio commentaries featuring Robert Luketic, Reese Witherspoon, Marc Platt & film crew ; hit music video "Perfect day" by Hoku ; trivia track ; original theatrical trailer. Based on the characters created by Amanda Brown. 92 min. DVD X113
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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
Directed by Larry Blamire. Cast: Fay Masterson, Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell, Brain Howe, Jennifer Blaire, Larry Blamire, Dan Conroy, Robert Deveau. In this spoof of 1950's B sci-fi movies a scientist tries to save the world from an assortment of aliens, monsters, an evil scientist and a crabby skeleton. Special features: Retro-style trailer, classic Skeleton frolic cartoon, cast and crew commentaries, Q & A at the American Cinemathéque, "Obey the lost skeleton!" featurette, blooper reel (in color), virtual skelectables. 90 min. DVD X862
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Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Directed by Joel Gallen. Cast: Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen, Mia Kirshner, Deon Richmond, Eric Jungmann, Ron Lester, Cody McMains, Sam Huntington, Joanna Garcia, Lacey Chabert, Samm Levine, Cerina Vincent, Beverly Polcyn, Ed Lauter, Paul Gleason, Mr. T, Molly Ringwald, Randy Quaid. A group of high school students deals with social life, dating and sex in situations that parody popular teen movies. 100 min. DVD X830
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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Director, Wes Anderson. Cast: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Luke Wilson; narrator: Alec Baldwin. Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family in this stylized study of melancholy and redemption. 109 min. DVD 1904
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Awards
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Gene Hackman)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor

Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Chris Masterson, Kathleen Robertson, David Cross, James Woods, Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Chris Elliott. A sequel that spoofs a "haunted houseful" of great movies. A group of college students are invited to a house for a set of sleep studies. It's up to the students to get out alive. 82 min. DVD X5562
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The Wash (2001)
Directed by DJ Pooh. Cast: Cast: Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, George Wallace, Angell Conwell, Bruce Bruce. Dee Loc and Sean are two roommates in desperate need of some cash. With their car repossessed and the rent due, they get jobs at a local car wash. It seems to be the perfect solution - getting paid, chasing the ladies and their "side deals" have never been so lucrative. The two are in enough trouble when their boss, with ties to the underworld, gets kidnapped. Now the roommates have to figure out how to get their boss back. Special features: Production commentary - D.J. Pooh, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg; bloopers; alternate main title sequence; music video - "Bad intentions" Dr. Dre featuring Knoc-Turn'al; cast & crew interviews; theatrical trailer; interactive menus; scene access. 97 min. DVD 2570
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Assisted Living (2002)
Directed by Elliot Greenebaum. Cast: Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Wise Riley, Gail Benedict, Nanci Jo Boone, Clint Vaught, Jose Albovias, Elsie Albright, Malorie Boone. Todd is a pot-smoking janitor at a nursing home who takes pleasure in toying with the senile residents. But when one of the residents mistakes him for her son, he finds himself becoming emotionally attached to his work for the first time. Shot in an actual nursing home, using real residents as many of the actors with mixed footage from a documentary that was made at the facility, lends the film a realistic fly-on-the-wall quality. 75 min. DVD 5127
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Austin Powers, Goldmember (2002)
Directed by Jay Roach. Cast: Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine. The "sshhh!" hits the fan when Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape from prison. Joining forces with superfreaky Goldmember, they kidnap Austin's father, master spy Nigel Powers in a dastardly time-travel scheme to take over the world. So Austin cruises to 1975 and teams up with Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem. Special features: Beyond the movies features: documentaries: MI-6: International men of mystery; fashion vs. fiction; disco fever; fact track - trivia subtitle with direct access to additional features; All-access pass features: filmmaker commentary - Jay Roach and Mike Myers; the world of Austin Powers: Jay Roach & Mike Myers: creative convergence; confluence of characters: Goldmember, Foxxy Cleopatra, Nigel Powers, Master Powers & Dr. Evil; opening stunts; the cars of "Austin Powers in Goldmember"; anatomy of three scenes: dancing at the gates; roller disco; sumo battle; visual FX; deleted/alternate scenes with optional director commentary; music videos: Beyoncé Knowles "Work it out"; Britney Spears "Boys"; Ming Tea "Daddy wasn't there"; Dr. Evil and Mini-Me "Hard knock life"; theatrical and teaser trailers. 105 min. DVD X846
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Barbershop (2002)
Director, Tim Story. Cast: Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Troy Garity, Michael Ealy, Leonard Earl Howze, Keith David, Lahmard Tate, Cedric the Entertainer. Calvin never wanted to take over the family business, a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. One morning he decides to sell the shop to Lester. Calvin spends the day cutting heads at the shop, and starts to understand the importance of the legacy left to him. Calvin learns to appreciate his barber friends, and discovers that the place where they work is more than just a place to get a haircut. Calvin gradually changes his mind about selling the shop, but it may be too late. 102 min. DVD 1521
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Drumline (2002)
Directed by Charles Stone III. Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, J. Anthony Brown, GQ, Leonard Roberts, Orlando Jones. Halftime is party time for the gifted street drummer who snares the top spot in his university's marching band. However, he initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top. 118 min. DVD 2572
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Full Frontal (2002)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: David Duchovny, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, Enrico Colantoni, Erika Alexander, Brad Rowe, Brad Pitt. A day in the life of various Los Angeles citizens as they get ready to go to a birthday party for a Hollywood producer. Before the night is over, relationships are tested, hearts are broken and passions are renewed. 101 min. DVD X4140
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The Guru (2002)
Director, Daisy von Scherler Mayer. Cast: Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry, Michael McKean, Dash Mihok, Emil Marwa, Ronald Guttman, Malachy McCort, Christine Baranski. A porn queen takes a young Indian man under her wings to learn the tricks of the sex trade. But when her student inadvertently becomes a celebrity "sex guru", it catapults him into a wildly outrageous version of the American dream. 94 min. DVD 1636
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Hollywood Ending (2002)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, George Hamilton, Tea Leoni, Debra Messing, Mark Rydell, Treat Williams. Val Waxman, a one-time cinematic genius down on his luck, receives a script for a period noir set against the backdrop of 1940s New York City. His ex-wife has managed to convince a high-powered studio head, to take a chance on Val's "unique vision." Just when the cameras are ready to roll, however, Val finds that unique vision in jeopardy as he's struck with a psychosomatic case of blindness. When efforts to cure him fail, Val contrives a scheme to forge ahead with the picture, for fear of blowing his one last chance at greatness. 112 min. DVD 1402
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Home Alone 4 (2002)
Director, Rod Daniel. Cast: French Stewart, Missi Pyle, Joanna Going, Erick Avari, Clare Carey, Jason Beghe, Michael Weinberg.. Tougher still is spending Christmas with dad at his new girlfriend Natalie's mansion even though it's loaded with all the techno-gadgets any kid could hope for! But this Christmas, Kevin is really in hot water again, and so are Marv and his sidekick who are trying to rob Natalie's house! 89 min. DVD X3961
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Directed by Joel Zwick. Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor, Bess Meisler, Andrea Martin, Joey Fantone. Toula is a quiet, devoted daughter in a big, crazy Greek family. "Toula Portokalos ruefully comments that like all Greek women, she was put upon this earth for three purposes: to marry a Greek man, to have Greek children, and to feed everyone until the day she dies. When she defies two of these expectations by falling in love Ian Miller, a WASP vegetarian, neither the couple nor their families can quite comprehend the eating habits of the other's culture. At the wedding reception Toula's father, who specialized in finding the Greek root of any word, declares that "Miller" comes from the Greek word for apple, and "Portokalos" is based on the Greek word for oranges--and so "in the end we're all fruits.'" [Pat Shufeldt Greenville (SC) County Library System] 95 min. DVD 1564
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Undercover Brother (2002)
Director, Malcolm D. Lee. Cast: Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan, Denise Richards, Dave Chappelle, Aunjanue Ellis, Chi McBride, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Noseworthy, Bille Dee Williams. Undercover Brother uses gadgets and disguises to steal from the rich and give to the poor. His activities are discovered by the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D., a spy organization devoted to subverting The Man and his henchman, Mr. Feather, who use their power over the media to demean black people and destroy racial unity. The spy organization is run by The Chief. When a popular black political figure calls a press conference, presumably to announce his presidential candidacy, he instead announces that he's opening a chain of fried chicken restaurants. The agency rightly suspects foul play. 86 min. DVD 1804
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Anything Else (2003)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Stockard Channing, Danny Devito, Jimmy Fallon, Christina Ricci, Anthony Arkin, David Conrad, Adrian Grenier. When an aspiring young writer falls head-over-heels in love with a free-spirited, hard-to-please young woman, he soon discover's he is going to have to work doubly hard to make their love work. 108 min. DVD 4947
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Deliver Us From Eva (2003)
Directed by Gary Hardwick. Cast: LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union, Duane Martin, Essence Atkins, Robinne Lee, Meagan Good, Mel Jackson, Dartanyan Edmonds, Dorian Gregory. Eva is a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, who are tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to set her up with someone so she can leave them alone. They end up paying Ray, the local "playboy," $5,000 to date her. The plan goes by smoothly, but troubles comes when Ray actually falls in love with Eva. Special features: Behind-the-scenes featurette; director's commentary; LL Cool J's "Paradise" music video; K-Ci and JoJo's "This very moment" music video. 105 min. DVD 8322; vhs 999:1520
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Down with Love (2003)
Director, Peyton Reed. Cast: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Tony Randall. A feminist writer in the early 1960's who is promoting her book 'Down With Love' has sworn off love. A New York City journalist thinks he doesn't need love. See what happens when they fall for each other in this old-fashioned romantic comedy. Special features: Commentary by director Peyton Reed; deleted scenes; gag reel; music video "Here's to love" performed by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor; 8 production vignettes; theatrical trailer; more. 102 min. DVD X5983
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Lovejoy, Alice. "Rules of Attraction." Film Comment, May/Jun2003, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p26, 4p UC users only
Martin, Nina K. "Down with Love and up with sex: sex and the post-feminist single girl." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, Spring2007, Issue 49, p1-1, 1p
Taylor, Anthea. "Celebrity (post)feminism, the Sixties feminist blockbuster and Down with Love." Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics & Culture, Jun2010, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p79-96, 18p UC users only

Funny Ha Ha (2003)
Directed by Andrew Bujalski. Cast: Kate Dollenmayer, Christian Rudder, Myles Paige, Jennifer L. Schaper, Lissa Patton Rudder, Marshall Lawy, Vanessa Bertozzi, Victoria Haggblom, Justin Rice. Marnie just graduated from college, drinks like she's still in school, and is looking for a temp. job after being fired. Drifting through a series of men and jobs, Marnie just can't seem to get it together...it would be sad if it weren't so funny. 90 min. DVD 4379
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The Hebrew Hammer (2003)
Directed by Jonathan Kesselman. Cast: Andy Dick, Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer, Mario Van Peebles, Nora Dunn, Peter Coyote. Comedy Central presents a wildly satirical and politically incorrect comedy about a psychotic Santa who tries to destroy Chanukah by hypnotizing Jewish children with bootlegged copies of the Christmas film, "It's a Wonderful Life." Its up to semitic super stud Hebrew Hammer, together with Mohammed, head of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, to hunt down the renegade Santa and make the holiday season safe for all. 85 min. DVD 3197
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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
Director, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Bruce McGill, Dana Ivey, Bob Newhart, Luke Wilson. When she's fired from her job at an upscale law firm for voicing her stance against the testing of cosmetics on animals, Elle heads to Capitol Hill to fight for her cause before Congress. Once there, she runs into plenty of adversity and red-tape and can't seem to find anyone who will listen to her proposals. She meets and befriends an elderly bellman who's been around long enough to know the ins and outs of the political machine. With his help, Elle attempts to convince disillusioned U.S. Representative Rudd to help her get her voice heard in front of the stodgy old coots of the legislative branch. Special features: Deleted scenes; gag reel; outtakes; "We can" music video with LeAnn Rimes; audio commentary by the cast; "Welcome to Delta Nu" interactive quiz; "Blonde ambition" featurette; photo gallery ; trailers. 95 min. DVD X114
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Livin' Tha Life (2003)
Directed by Joe Brown; story by Joe Brown, improvised by the cast. Cast: Jarell Jackson, Edward D. Smith, Rooney Perry, Shawn Harris, Archie Howard, Zai Wilburn. Just another day in the 'hood. Ride with two homies, Jamal and Peanut, as they cruise through the streets of Compton and come face-to-face with some of the stranges characters you'll ever meet. 84 min. DVD 1659
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A Mighty Wind (2003)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara. In this mockumentary, three folk groups from the 60's -- Mitch and Mickey, the Folksmen, and the New Main Street Singers -- reunite for a memorial concert in New York City following the death of a legendary folk manager. 92 min. DVD 3175
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Pieces of April (2003)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Luke, Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Alice Drummond, Lillias White, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Oliver Platt. Family outcast April lives in a beat-up apartment in New York's Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby. In order to spend some time with her dying mother, April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. While she frantically tries to complete the meal, the family drives in from Pennsylvania sharing less-than-pleasant opinions about April's lifestyle. Her dad tries to think positively, while sister Beth flaunts her good-girl status and brother Timmy captures it all on film. Special features: commentary by writer/director Peter Hedges; behind-the-scenes featurette; theatrical trailer. 81 min. DVD X3833
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The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2003)
Directed by Guy Maddin. Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan. When a legless Depression-era beer baroness in Winnipeg announces a contest to find the world's saddest tune, trouble brews within a fractured family competing for the $25,000 prize. Based on an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Special features: 3 short films from director Guy Maddin; "Teardrops in the snow: the making of the Saddest Music in the World" featurette; "The Saddest Characters in the World: the cast of the Saddest Music in the World" featurette; teasers; original theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD X3864
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Shanghai Knights (2003)
Director, David Dobkin. Cast: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Donnie Yen, Aidan Gillen, Fann Wong, Tom Fisher, Kim Chan, Gemma Jones. Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon travel to England to find out who killed Chon's father. The killer steals the Chinese Imperial Seal that Chon's father was protecting. While they are in England, they stumble upon a conspiracy to murder the entire British royal family. Only with the help of Chon's beautiful, but deadly sister, can the trio stop the assassination and return the Imperial Seal to its rightful owners. 114 min. DVD 1757
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Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Director, Nancy Meyers. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, Paul Michael Glaser. A middle-aged womanizer falls in love with the mother of his latest youthful conquest, greatly complicating the lives of all involved. Special features: Optional audio commentary by Meyers, Keaton & Block; optional audio commentary by Meyers & Nicholson; Hampton's house set tour with Amanda Peet (3 min.); deleted scene (3 min.); filmographies (Meyers, Nicholson, Keaton, Reeves, McDormand, Peet, Block); theatrical trailer (3 min.). 128 min. DVD X4253
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Diane Keaton)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress

Marshall, Kelli. "Something's Gotta Give and the Classical Screwball Comedy." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Spring2009, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p9-15, 7p UC users only
Tally, Margaret. "Something's Gotta Give: Hollywood, Female Sexuality, and the "Older Bird" Chick Flick." In: Chick flicks : contemporary women at the movies / edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. New York : Routledge, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 C515 2008)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Director, Adam McKay. Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Chris Parnell, Kathryn Hahn, Fred Armisen, Fred Willard. It's the 70's and Ron Burgundy is the king of San Diego. He's the most popular news anchor in town. He and his all male news team rule the city with their sauve looks, minimal IQ's and unbelievably bad hair. In Ron's world, women don't belong in the newsroom. So when rising star reporter Veronica Corningstone fills in for Ron one night and the ratings soar, it becomes more than a battle ... it becomes war. Special features: Outrageous bloopers and outtakes; over 15 minutes of side-splitting deleted scenes; Bill Kurtis interviewing Ron Burgundy; Ron Burgundy Biography - an A & E special; Ron Burgundy's MTV Music Award interviews; "Afternoon delight" music video; behind-the-scenes of "Afternoon delight" music video; ESPN audition. 102 min. DVD 6444
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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America(2004)
A satirically humorous mockumentary that takes a look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War. Beginning with the conquest of the northern states, the film coves the history of a nation where racial enslavement became triumphant. Interspersed throughout are various TV commercials of products of virulent racist nature as well as public service announcements promoting this tyranny. Only at the end is it revealed that there is less wholly imagined materials in the film than you might suspect. Written and directed by Kevin Willmott. 89 min. DVD 5942
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Donalson, Mel. "Coon & Mammy." The Independent Film & Video Monthly. Jul/Aug 2004. Vol. 27, Iss. 6; pg. 49, 3 pgs UC users only
Gallagher, Catherine. "When Did the Confederate States of America Free the Slaves?" Representations. Berkeley: Spring 2007. , Iss. 98; pg. 53, 10 pgs UC users only
Harris, Trudie. "Twenty-First-Century Slavery Or, How to Extend the Confederacy for Two Centuries Beyond Its Planned Demise." Southern Cultures; Fall2006, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p89-94, 6p
Lawrenson, Edward. "C.S.A. The Confederate States of America.(Movie review)." Sight and Sound 16.9 (Sept 2006): p50(2). UC users only

A Day Without a Mexican (Dia Sin Mexicanos) (2004)
Directed by Sergio Arau. Cast: Yarelli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, Muse Watson, Fernando Arau, Eduardo Palomo. California awakens one day to discover that one third of its population has vanished. A peculiar pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries has completely shut down. As the day progresses, it becomes apparent the sole characteristic linking the missing 14 million is their Hispanic heritage. 95 min. DVD 3148
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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Directed by Danny Leiner. Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Anthony Anderson, Fred Willard. Two twenty-somthing stoner roommates, one a Korean-American investment banker, Harold and the other, an Indian-American medical school candidate, Kumar, go through a life changing journey. They are on a quest to satisfy their cravings for burgers and spend the night roaming the state of New Jersey in search of White Castle hamburgers running into one screwy obstacle after another. 88 min. DVD 3373
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I [heart] Huckabees (2004)
Directed by David O. Russell. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts. Kindhearted, but confused activist Andrew Markovski hires a pair of eccentric 'existential detectives' to help him find the meaning of life. All the while, a sexy, French author is trying to throw a wrench in their plan by seducing Andrew's mind and body. 107 min. DVD 6612
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In Good Company (2004)
Directed by Paul Weitz. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger, David Paymer, Clark Gregg, Philip Baker Hall, Frankie Faison, Ty Burrell. A successful middle-aged ad executive suddenly find himself working for a young hotshot half his age, who also develops a romantic interest in his daughter. Special features: Deleted scenes ; "Real life" (Inside look into how some of today's most successful businessmen got to where they are) ; "New York locations" (A behind-the-scenes look at filming in the "Big Apple") ; Commentary with Topher Grace and the director.108 min. DVD X3796
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The Lady Killers (2004)
Directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Cast: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst. Marva Munson is a spry, elderly woman who is looking for a tenant for the spare room in her house. Goldthwait H. Dorr moves in and gains Munson's permission to use the basement for rehearsals with his "medieval music ensemble." Dorr is masterminding the robbery of a riverboat casino, and the fellow musicians in his ensemble are actually the crew he's assembled to pull off the job. Despite their best efforts, Munson finds out about their scheme and Dorr decides the best solution is to silence her permanently. After, all how hard can that be? 104 min. DVD 3333
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Directed by Wes Anderson. Cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Gambon, Noah Taylor, Bud Cort, Seu Jorge. Internationally reknown oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew - Team Zissou - set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, always elusive, possibly non-existant Jaguar Shark that supposedly killed Zissou's partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. On this journey, Steve's crew are joined by a young airline co-pilot, who may or may not be Zissou's son, a beautiful journalist who has been assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and Eleanor, Zissou's estranged wife and co-producer. They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy. 118 min. DVD 3815
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Boyle, Kirk. "Reading the Dialectical Ontology of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Against the Ontological Monism of Adaptation." Film-Philosophy, 2007, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p1-32, 32p UC users only

Mail Order Wife(2004)
Written & directed by Huck Botko & Andrew Gurland. Cast: Andrew Gurland, Eugenia Yuan, Adrian Martinez. A doorman from Queens looking for a wife agrees to be filmed for a mock documentary as he gets a mail order bride. His new wife is convinced he wants a maid more than anything. A dark comedy about how hard it is to find love, especially from a catalogue. 92 min. DVD 4681

Spanglish (2004)
Directed by James L. Brooks. Cast: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman, Shelbie Bruce, Sarah Steele, Ian Hyland, Victoria Luna. When Flor and her daughter, Christina come to the United States, Flor gets a job as a maid at the home of a successful chef John Clasky and his family. Despite Flor's lack of an English, she does the best she can to assist the Clasky family in more than just house cleaning matters. However, when Flor is forced to live with the family over the summer, she has no choice but to bring Christina along. John's wife, much to Flor's disliking, treats Christina much like her own and at the same time she hurts the feelings of her own daughter, Bernice. When John's dreams begin to unravel, he begins to feel like his whole world is coming down around him. Told through Christina's college letter to Princeton University, Christina learns that things come and go in life, but family is the most important thing a person can have. 131 min. DVD 8263
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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Directed by Jared Hess. Cast: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Diedrich Bader. Napoleon is a new kind of hero, complete with a tight red 'fro, sweet moon boots, and skills that can't be topped. Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his older brother, Kip, and trying to avoid his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napolean's life - shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro - the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body's wildest dreams come true. But if Pedro is to beat stuck-up Summer, Napoleon will have to unleash his own secret weapon. 95 min. DVD 3544
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White Chicks (2004)
Director Keenan Ivory Wayans. Cast: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Jaime King, Frankie Faison, Lochlyn Munro, John Heard, Busy Philipps, Terry Crews, Brittany Daniel. Marcus and Kevin are brothers who work for the FBI and take on a case to escort socialite sisters Brittany and Tiffany Wilton from JFK Airport to their hotel in the Hamptons. Once there, two higher-ranking agents will take over the girls' protection. The extra security is needed because Brittany and Tiffany have been targeted by a serial kidnapper. With the help of an FBI lab scientist, the very much African-American Kevin and Marcus will be transformed to pass for Brittany and Tiffany. The agents must lure the kidnapper to take the fake girls so the socialites will stay safe. 115 min. DVD 3099
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White Men Can't Jump (2004)
Director Ron Shelton. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez, Cylk Cozart, Kadeem Hardison, Ernest Harden, Jr. Comedy about a pair of basketball hustlers- one black, one white - who team up to play their way across the courts of Los Angeles. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangsters. 115 min. vhs 999:3848
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Beauty Shop (2005)
Director, Bille Woodruff. Cast: Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Andie MacDowell, Alfre Woodard, Mena Suvari, Della Reese, Golden Brooks, Miss Laura Hayes, Paige Hurd, L'il JJ. Gina Norris is in Atlanta making a name for herself at a posh Southern salon with her cutting-edge hairstyles. But when her flamboyant, egotistical boss takes it one criticism too far, she leaves his salon to open a shop of her own. Special features: "Beauty shop : inside the style" featurette; gag reel; selected scenes audio commentary by director Bille Woodruff. 105 min. DVD X4449
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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
Directed by Darren Grant. Cast: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor, Lisa Marcos, Tiffany Evans, Cicely Tyson, Tyler Perry. Helen McCarter would seem to have it all. She's married to Charles who is one of Atlanta's most successful attorneys. But despite having wealth and prestige, things are not as they seem in the McCarter home. On the evening of their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell on Helen - he's divorcing her for another woman. Thrown out of the house with nowhere to go, Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea, a sassy woman with no shortage of opinions and a gun that she's not afraid to use. As Madea helps Helen get back on her feet emotionally, she meets Orlando, a nice and handsome man who is obviously attracted to her. But after her experiences with Charles, Helen isn't sure if she's ready to trust a man again. 117 min. DVD 4084
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Everything is Illuminated (2005)
Directed by Liev Schreiber. Cast: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Laryssa Lauret. A young American man, with the help of a local who speaks weirdly broken English, journeys to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village that was ultimately razed by the Nazis. 106 min. DVD 5327
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Film Geek (2005)
Directed by James Westby. Cast: Melik Malkasian, Tyler Gannon, Matt Morris, John Breen. When Scotty, a movie nerd trying to get a life, is fired from his video store job for annoying his customers, he hits rock bottom. Then he meets free-spirited Niko, who just may be the one to save him from his hopeless existence. 72 min. DVD 6243
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The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Directed by Judd Apatow. Cast: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Kat Dennings, Gerry Bednob, Shelley Malil. 40-year-old Andy Stitzer has a cushy job, a nice apartment, good friends, and a nice attitude. But at 40, Andy is still a virgin. His friends think he's a bit of an oddball, but they consider it their duty to help Andy out of his dire situation and decide to go to great lengths to help him. But nothing proves effective enough to lure their friend out of lifelong chastity until he meets Trish, a 40-year-old mother of three. Andy's friends are excited by the possibility that "it" may finally happen, that is until they hear that Andy and Trish have begun their relationship based on a mutual no-sex policy. Special features: Feature commentary with Judd Apatow, Steve Carell and cast; Bonus feature commentary by Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen; Deleted scenes; You know how I know you're gay?; Andy's fantasies; Cal & Paula; Advice from Mooj; Waxing doc; Date-a-palooza; Line-o-rama; My dinner with Stormy; Gag reel. 133 min. DVD X6792
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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
Directed by Dean Parisot. Cast: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, Richard Jenkins. In the year 2000, Dick gets a plum promotion as a mega-corporate communications director. His boss is preparing to bail out of the company just before stock prices plummet. Dick's wife Jane has quit her job as a travel agent, so when the corporate stocks hit rock bottom, Dick and Jane are left penniless and desperate. They decide to resort to petty thievery and this eventually gets them plotting high-stakes revenge against the greedy executives who ruined their lives. Special features: Gag reel; deleted scenes; publicity outtakes: hilarious reel of Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni taken during publicity interviews for the movie; filmmakers' audio commentary. (Features not rated). 90 min. DVD X7118
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G-sale (2005)
Written & directed by Randy Nargi.A hilarious mockumentary about garage sales and the people who are obsessed by them. Bogwood, Washington is a pleasant suburban community with a special distinction -- it has more garages per capita than any other town in the country and is also known as the "garage sale capital of the U.S.A." This film follows five avid garage sale junkies ... as they try to outmaneuver each other to score their ultimate garage sale treasure: an antique board game worth a fortune. 77 min. DVD 6116
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Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee (2005)
Directed by George Valencia and Edwin Figueroa. Cast: Tim Peper, Judy Reyes, George Valencia, Marlene Forte, Candice Coke, Bob Greenberg, Carlo Alban. When innocent Taylor James is made into NYC's top Bar Mitzvah emcee, he doesn't have a clue that he's in for the ride of his life. Filmed as a faux-documentary, James ends up deeply involved in the planning of an elaborate Bar Mitzvah. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 82 min. DVD X4027
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Guess Who (2005)
Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. Cast: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Hal Williams, Kellee Stewart, Robert Curtis Brown. Percy Jones is the understandably proud father of Theresa. She is a beautiful and intelligent young woman living in New York City. When Percy learns that his daughter is seriously dating a young man, he decides to do some research, and learns that her beau is a solid businessman. Percy arranges to meet Theresa's boyfriend and is a bit taken aback when he meets Simon. Percy never guessed that his daughter was involved in an interracial relationship. When it becomes clear that Simon and Theresa's relationship is likely to be altar-bound, Percy finds himself suddenly full of misgivings about the young man. 105 min. DVD 4177
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Vera. Hernán and Gordon Andrew "On how to dissolve racial taboos." Contexts Fall 2005, Vol. 4, No. 4, Pages 68–69 UC users only

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
Director, Albert Brooks. Cast: Albert Brooks, John Carroll Lynch, Sheetal Sheth, Jon Tenney, Fred Dalton Thompson, Amy Ryan. In this offbeat satiric comedy, the U.S. Government sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region laugh, but Brooks' activities lead to many political and cultural misunderstandings. 130 min. DVD 1286
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The Producers (2005)
Directed by Susan Stroman. Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Jon Lovitz Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now he only seems to be able produce flops. Things turn around for Max when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme taylor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. With this in mind, they decide to produce a musical called 'Springtime for Hitler' written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct and hire the loopy Swedish Ulla as the lead actress. Bonus features: Deleted scenes including never-before-seen musical numbers; outtakes; analysis of a scene "I wanna be a producer"; feature commentary with director Susan Stroman. Based on the 1968 screenplay by Mel Brooks and the 2001 stage play book by Mel Brooks & the 2001 stage play music by Thomas Meehan & the 2001 stage play lyrics by Mel Brooks. 135 min. DVD 8233
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Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Directed by Jason Reitman. Cast: Aaron Eckhart, William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Rob Lowe, Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Adam Brody, Cameron Bright, Sam Elliott, David Koechner, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall, Kim Dickens. Nick Naylor is a sexy, smart and charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who will fight to protect American's right to smoke. At the same time he is trying to maintain the idea of a perfect role model for his 12-year-old son. When Nick incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the truth" will be put to the test. 91 min. DVD 6293
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Directorial Debut

Accepted(2006)
Director, Steve Pink. Cast: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman, Blake Lively, Columbus Short, Maria Thayer, Lewis Black, Mark Derwin, Ann Cusack, Hannah Marks, Robin Lord Taylor. Bartleby Gaines is a fast-talking slacker who gets rejected by every college he applies to. He decides to invent a phony college to get his parents off his back. Unfortunately (or not), the website his best friend creates is too effective and hundreds of other rejects apply and are accepted. Instead of revealing the hoax, Gaines decides to forge ahead and let the students create their own curriculum, little suspecting that their school is obstructing the expansion plans of the nearby snobbish college. Special features: Adam's 'Accepted' chronicles; "Reject rejection:" the making of 'Accepted'; Self-guided campus tour; "Hangin' on the half pipe" music video; "Keepin' your head up" The Ringers music video; Feature commentary with director Steve Pink, Justin Long, Lewis Black, Jonah Hill and Adam Herschman; Deleted scenes; Gag reel. 93 min. DVD X4573
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Another Gay Movie (2006)
Directed by Todd Stephens. Cast: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Mitch Morris, Jonah Blachman. In this raunchy, spoof of gay teen movies, a group of high school grads swear they will lose their virginity before going to college. 92 min. DVD X1001
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Art School Confidential(2006)
Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Cast: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, Matt Keeslar, Ethan Suplee, Joel David Moore, Anjelica Huston, Adam Scott, Marshall Bell, Jack Ong. Jerome goes to art school in the hopes of having his genuine ability recognized. Instead he finds that his teachers are self-obsessed has-beens and his peers are jaded and floundering. To make matters worse, Jerome finds himself being investigated for a series of gruesome stranglings. He becomes obsessed with a lovely student named Audrey, but she is more interested in the hunky Jonah, whose crude yet acclaimed paintings of cars and tanks disgust Jerome. 102 min. DVD 6468
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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Directed by Larry Charles ; screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen; produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Roach. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Pamela Anderson. Fictional Kazakhstani TV personality Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the "greatest country in the world." With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson than in pursuing his assignment. In this mockumentary film his ignorance, prejudice, and boorish behavior produce humorous results. Special features: Censored footages (8 deleted scenes); Propaganda ("Global propaganda tour", "Musics infomercial", "Coming Kazakhstan in 2028"). 84 min. DVD 7632
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Comedy Movie
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Sacha Baron Cohen)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actor

For Your Consideration (2006)
Directed by Christopher Guest. Cast: Catherine O'Hara, Ed Begley, Jr., Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Christopher Moynihan, Christopher Guest, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, John Michael Higgins, Fred Willard, Jane Lynch. It's about an indie movie called "Home for Purim," a somewhat inane drama about a dysfunctional Jewish family living in the South during World War II. But while the film is still in production, a reporter for an online entertainment site drops the word -- based on a brief visit to the set -- that one of the ensemble cast performers may be an Oscar contender. It goes on to chronicle how the Oscar buzz affects the director, additional cast members, writers, an agent, a publicist, and the hosts from an Hollywood entertainment-type television program. 86 min. DVD 7294
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Phat Girlz (2006)
Directed by Nnegest Likke. Cast: Mo'Nique, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Godfrey, Kendra C. Johnson, Joyful Drake, Jack Noseworthy, Eric Roberts. Jazmin is a sassy, tart, talented, and plus-size woman who lives in a world that insults and rejects her because she's fat - or is the emotional abuse she heaps on herself the real problem? She is a department store employee with fashion designer dreams who has created a designer line for full-figured ladies, but flounders until she wins a Palm Springs vacation. There she meets a handsome Nigerian doctor named Tunde. He cherishes Jazmin's full figure as a mark of beauty. But can Jazmin overcome her self-loathing and accept Tunde's love? 99 min. DVD 6124
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Idiocracy (2006)
Directed by Mike Judge. Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews, Anthony Campos. Joe Bowers is an average Joe. He is not the sharpest tool in the shed. He becomes part of a government experiment to go into hibernation. The experiment goes awry and Bowers awakens in the year 2505 to find a society so dumbed-down by mass commercialism and mindless TV programming that he's become the smartest guy on the planet. Now it's up to this average Joe to get human evolution back on the right track. 87 min. DVD 7604
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Cast: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston. Olive is a little girl who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so dysfunctional that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Olive's father, Richard, is unsuccessful as a motivational speaker. He is barely on speaking terms with Olive's mother. Her uncle Frank has attempted suicide following an unsuccessful romance with a male graduate student. Her brother Dwayne, a fanatical follower of Nietzsche, has taken a vow of silence. And Olive's grandfather is a loser with a drug habit, but at least he enthusiastically coaches Olive in her contest talent routine. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in California. Special features: Side A: audio commentary with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and writer Michael Arndt ; 4 alternate endings with optional commentary by directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris ; "Till the end of time" performed by DeVotchka ; trailers -- Side B: audio commentary with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and writer Michael Arndt ; 4 alternate endings with optional commentary by directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris ; "Till the end of time" performed by DeVotchka ; forced trailer combo. 101 min. DVD 7165
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Awards

American Film Institute: Movie of the Year
Academy Awards - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Acting Ensemble; Best Young Actor (Paul Dano); Best Young Actress (Abigail Breslin)
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film

Real Life: An American Comedy (2006)
Directed by Albert Brooks. Cast: Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J.A. Preston, Matthew Tobin, Albert Brooks. In this wickedly funny satire, Albert Brooks plays an arrogant and self-centered comedian who has decided to make a documentary film. This mockumentary presents a hilarious account of what happens to a typical American family in Phoenix when a group of filmmakers, psychiatrists and sociologists move in with them to record their "real life". 98 min. DVD 3183
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Scoop (2006)
Directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Geoff Bell, Christopher Fulford, Nigel Lindsay, Ian McShane, Fenella Woolgar. While inside of a magician's magic cabinet, aspiring journalist Sondra Pransky is visited by the ghost of a dead reporter who has received a very hot tip in the afterlife. He tells Sondra about a rising young politician named Lord Peter Lyman who may be the notorious tarot card serial killer. With the magician in tow, Sondra sneaks her way into Lyman's life. Sondra finds increasing evidence that the tip from the ghost is true, but finds herself falling in love with Lord Peter. 96 min. DVD 7133
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The TV Set (2006)
Directed by Jake Kasdan. Cast: David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Lucy Davis. TV writer Mike Klein is in the Prime Time of his life: his show just got picked up by a network, his favorite actor is set to star, and his wife is about to have a baby. But even though his wife is sure to deliver, the network president might not. After locking horns with the steely suit, the hapless Mike must scramble to maintain creative control, before his beloved project is altered irrevocably, and his entire career winds up in permanent hiatus. Special features: Audio commentaries by writer/director Jake Kasdan, executive producer Judd Apatow, producer Aaron Ryder, and actors David Duchovny and Lindsay Sloane; "The making of the TV set" featurette; deleted scenes. 88 min. DVD X4600
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Death at a Funeral (USA / Germany / UK / Netherlands, 2007)
Directed by Frank Oz. Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, Alan Tudyk, Jane Asher, Kris Marshall, Rupert Graves, Peter Vaughan, Thomas Wheatley, Peter Egan, Peter Dinklage. When Daniel's father dies, it his up to him to organize his funeral. On the morning of the funeral, with a suitably grave expression on his face, Daniel is ready to welcome his father's friends and relatives. But preserving the dignity inherent in such a circumstance will be a hard task. Particularly with an undertaker who botches his work; his famous, but selfish brother has returned from the USA; his cousin's fiance has accidentally ingested drugs; a man takes advantage of the sad event to win back the heart of a woman who is about to marry another; a handicapped old uncle who is also the most unbearable pain in the neck. To cap it all, Daniel notices the presence among the mourners of a mysterious dwarf nobody else seems to know. 91 min. DVD 9484
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Epic Movie(2007)
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Jayma Mays, Faune A. Chamber, Crispin Glover, Tony Cox, Héctor Jiménez, Darrell Hammond, Carmen Electra, Fred Willard, David Carradine. In this satire of epic movies four troubled orphans from four separate movie scenario's who bind together in a wacky chocolate factory, receive golden tickets to go on an 'epic adventure.' After they escape from the clutches of a very scary Willy Wonka they discover the magical world of 'Gnarnia' through an enchanted wardrobe. There they must seek the help of a randy lion, a hoard of mutants from the x academy, students of witchcraft and wizardry, funky swash-buckling pirates and a mischievous beaver to defeat the army of the evil White Bitch! 93 min. DVD X869
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King of California (2007)
Director, Mike Cahill. Cast: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber, Kathleen Wilhoite. A man is reunited with his teenage daughter after spending years in a mental institution. When he becomes obsessed with the idea that ancient treasure is buried under his home, his daughter decides to go along with his antics. 93 min. DVD X3612
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Knocked-up (2007)
Director, Judd Apatow. Cast: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Harold Ramis, Joanna Kerns, Charlyne Yi, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Alan Tudyk, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ken Jeong. Ben is a 23-year-old slacker who meets up and coming career girl Alison at a bar. They end up having a one night stand. Eight weeks later, Ben is shocked when Alison meets him and reveals that she is pregnant. Despite having little in common, the two decide that they have to at least try to make some kind of relationship work for the baby's sake. Special features: Deleted scenes; Extended scenes/alternate cuts; Line-o-rama; Gag reel; Roller coaster doc.; Directing the director; Louden Wainwright III: Live at McCabe's "You can't fail me now"; Topless scene: web designer company; Feature commentary with writer/director Judd Apatow, executive producer/star Seth Rogen and actor Bill Harder. 133 min. DVD X5986
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El percance perfecto (2007)
Director: Stan Harrington. Cast: David Carreno, Matt Marquez, Sebastian Eslava, Monique Barajas, Maria Forero. Ernesto Palacio, the foremost Latino writer, decides after 2 recent flops to open his latest play in a small theater in Hollywood rather than Broadway or the West End. With a desire to cross language and cultural boundaries with his Spanish language play, and in an attempt to reach the masses, he pushes the envelope even further by casting two non-actors in lead roles...one, a hugely popular, female pop singer and the other a world renowned, Colombian, bullfighter. Fireworks and jealousy amongst the cast lead to mayhem during the opening night performance and despite believing that everything happens for a reason, Ernesto's faith is pushed to the absolute limit by this latest disaster. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 30 min. DVD X5940
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The Savages (2007)
Director: Tamara Jenkins. Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour. Two adult children of an elderly, cantankerous man must come together to care for their abusive father despite that fact they have not spoken to him or each other in years. 114 min. DVD X6793
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Waitress (2007)
Directed by Adrienne Shelly. Cast:Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Andy Griffith, Adrienne Shelly, Eddie Jemison, Lew Temple. Jenna is unhappily married, squirreling away money, and hoping to win a pie-baking contest so, with the prize money, she'll have enough cash to leave her husband Earl. She finds herself pregnant, which throws her plans awry. She bakes phenomenal pies at Joe's diner, tolerates her sour boss Cal, is friends with her fellow waitresses, Dawn and Becky. She, also, finds a mutual attraction with the new doctor in town. Life with Earl becomes less tolerable as her pregnancy advances. Her way out of the marriage is less clear and her affair with the doctor is complicated by his marriage. Special features: Commentary by producer Michael Roiff and actor Keri Russell; "This is how we made Waitress pie" featurette; "Written and directed by Adrienne Shelly: a memorial" featurette; "Hi! I'm Keri, I'll be your waitress; "The pies have it!" featurette; Fox Movie Channel presents "In character with: Keri Russell" and "In character with: Cheryl Hines" featurettes; a message from Keri Russel about the Adrienne Shelly Foundation; trailers. 108 min. DVD X2469
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Grindon, Leger "Women's ambivalence in Waitress." In: The Hollywood romantic comedy : conventions, history, controversies / Leger Grindon. Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C55 G75 2011)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Director, Woody Allen. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto, Gemma Jones, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, Pauline Collins. After Alfie leaves his wife, Helena, to pursue his lost youth with a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine, Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Meanwhile, daughter Sally develops a crush on her handsome boss, Greg, while her husband, Roy, becomes moonstruck over Dia, a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. These four will find out how easy it is for their illusions to make fools of them. 99 min. DVD X6168
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Hoerl, Kristen; Kelly, Casey Ryan. "The Post-Nuclear Family and the Depoliticization of Unplanned Pregnancy in Knocked Up, Juno, and Waitress." Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, Dec2010, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p360-380, 21p; UC users only
Latimer, Heather. "Popular culture and reproductive politics: Juno, Knocked Up and the enduring legacy of The Handmaid's Tale." Feminist Theory; Aug2009, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p211, 16p UC users only
Lawrense, Will. "Knocked-up" Sight & Sound, Sep2007, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p20-20, 1/2p UC users only
Thoma, Pamela. "Buying up baby." Feminist Media Studies, Dec2009, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p409-425, 17p UC users only

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Director, Jake Kasdan. Cast: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Chip Hormess, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Matt Besser, David Krumholtz. The up-and-down and then up-again biopic of musician Dewey Cox whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Dewey marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 step-kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp. He becomes addicted to and then kicks about every drug known to man. Despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman, his longtime backup singer Darlene. 96 min. DVD X829
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Disaster Movie (2008)
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Gary 'G Thang' Johnson, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, Kimberly Kardashian, Ike Barinholtz, Carmen Electra. This parody of disaster films follows the comic misadventures of a group of ridiculously attractive twenty-somethings during one fateful night as they try to make their way to safety. All the while every known natural disaster and catastrophic event, including asteroids, tornadoes and earthquakes, all hit the city. As they strive to overcome the disasters in their path, they must solve a series of mysteries to end the rampant destruction. Special features: "Girl fight" ; "High school muscial" sing-along ; "I'm f**king Matt Damon" sing-along ; "Sitting down with a stand-up" ; Cast & crew audio commentary ; "G-Thang's tour" ; "Straight from the ladies" ; "Who's spoofing who" ; "This is how we do it" 88 min. DVD X841
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Hamlet 2 (2008)
Directed by Andrew Fleming. Cast: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Shue, Joseph Julian Soria, Skylar Astin, Phoebe Strole, Melonie Diaz. When his Tucson, AZ school's theater department is threatened to be cut, failed-actor-turned-high-school-drama-teacher Dana Marschz writes a play that he hopes will solve everything. He decides to write a sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. Now, the drama department will stage one of the most politically incorrect musical extravaganzas ever seen. Dana and his class will put it all on the line for one conflicted and controversial performance. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Duty calls:" a candid and comic look at the making of the film; "Part deux:" cast and crew chime in with anecdotes from the set; Oscar winner vs. High school drama class: put the Academy Award-winning performance by Julia Roberts side-by-side with Mr. Marschz's class performance of 'Erin Brockovich' and let you decide who's got the chops; sing along with Hamlet 2: "Raped in the face" & "Rock me sexy Jesus;" audio commentary with director/co-writer Andrew Fleming and co-writer Pam Brady. 92 min. DVD X3355
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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Rob Corddry, Jack Conley, Rogert Bart, Neil Patrick Harris, Danneel Harris, Eric Winter, Paula Garcés, Jon Reep, Missi Pyle, Mark Munoz, James Adomian, Beverly D'Angelo. Harold and Kumar take an ill-fated flight to Amsterdam, but Kumar's suspicious-looking bong is mistaken for a bomb. Their arrest prompts a racist Homeland Security official to send the boys to indefinite lockup at Guantanamo Bay. Once there, they watch as beefy guards sexually subjugate 'enemy combatants.' The guys manage to get away and make it back to the U.S., hoping the well-connected fiancé of Kumar's old girlfriend, Vanessa, can get them out of their mess. During a dangerous odyssey to Texas, Harold and Kumar have encounters with the Ku Klux Klan, a one-eyed, inbred monster, and old friend Neil Patrick Harris, who drags the boys to a brothel stop that goes terribly wrong. Special features: Original theatrical version; "Dude, change the movie" version; audio commentary by directors Hayden Schlossberg and John Hurwitz, with 'President Bush;' audio commentary by Kal Penn, John Cho, directors Hayden Schlossberg and John Hurwitz, plus "the real Harold." 107 min. DVD X3360
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Beale, Lewis. "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." Film Journal International, Jun2008, Vol. 111 Issue 6, p41-42, 2p UC users only
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Miller, Henry K. "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." Sight & Sound, Aug2008, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p63-64, 2p UC users only
Seja, Nina. "No laughing matter? Comedy and the politics of the terrorist/victim." Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Apr2011, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p227-237, 11p UC users only

Meet the Spartans (2008)
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer. Cast: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian, Kevin Sorbo, Diedrich Bader, Method Man, Jareb Dauplaise, Travis Van Winkle, Nicole Parker. In this parody of epic movies, the heroic Leonidas, armed with nothing but leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag group of 13 warriors to defend their homeland against the invading Persians, whose ranks include Ghost Rider, Rocky Balboa, the Transformers, and Paris Hilton. 84 min. DVD X847
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Otto, or, Up with Dead People (2008)
Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Cast: Katharina Klewinghaus, Susanne Sachsse, Marcel Schlutt, Guido Sommer, Christophe Chemin, Gio Black Peter, Kembra Pfahler, Jey Crisfar. A film about a zombie named Otto who hitched a ride to Berlin and begins to explore the city. Otto is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him. Otto discovers that he has a wallet that contains information about his past life, remembering details about his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met, with devastating results. 94 min. DVD X3788
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Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2008)
Directed by Lloyd Kaufman. Cast: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin L. Watkins. Musical parody of zombie films, featuring chicken zombies. When the American Chicken Bunker, a military themed fast food restaurant, builds its latest chain restaurant on the site of an ancient Native American burial ground, the displaced spirits take revenge on unsuspecting diners and transform them into chicken zombies! Now, it's up to a dimwitted counterboy, his collegiate lesbian ex-girlfriend and a burqa-wearing fry cook to put an end to the foul feathered menace once and for all. Disc 1 extras: Lloyd Kaufman and Gabe Friedman cluck off (feature-length commentary) -- Food stuffs: Lloyd Kaufman and Gabe Friedman cluck off (feature length audio commentary) -- Food stuffs: Lloyd Kaufman and Gabe Friedman cluck off (feature length audio commentary) Original theatrical trailer ; "lovely scenes from Bergman's Virgin spring" ; Calamari safari music video: not by new found glory ; Count Smokula music video ; DVD credits -- Deep fried extras: The Toxic Avenger ; Terror firmer ; Citizen Toxie ; Class of Nuke 'Em High ; Tromeo and Juliet ; Radiation march. Disc 2 extras: "Poultry in motion: the truth is stranger than chicken" (behind the scenes cluck-u-mentary) ; "Poultrygeist: night of the chicken dead" (documentary, ca. 80 min.) -- Tromahawk nuggets: NYC premiere ; Cellu-Lloyd closet ; Make your own damn omelette ; Blow me...away : shooting the ACB explosion sequence ; Make your own damn movie sound design ; Recording the songs ; Designing the monsters ; The Poultrygeist rooftop re-shoots ; Filming the meat grinder ; Joe Fleishaker gets a head mold ; Deleted scenes ; Ron Jeremy's "happy ending" ; Charlotte Kaufman death scene - Time bomb! -- Deleted scenes -- Humus S-U-I-C-I-D-E song. Disc 3 extras: "American chicken bunker: chickens of mass consumption" ; Kara-Yolk-E! : Poultrygeist theme song ; Revenge is a dish best served fried ; Fast food love ; Generous general ; Longing to live waiting to die ; S-U-I-C-I-D-E -- Egg Stras: Trailers: Poultrygeist ; Toxic Avenger ; Special needs ; Bloodspit ; Coons ; Crazy animal. 103 min. DVD X520
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Sex Galaxy (2008)
Director, Mike Smith. In this dubbed and spliced parody of B movie science fiction films, one hundred years into the future, global warming has turned earth into a dust bowl. In order to combat the problem of overpopulation, all sexual congress has been outlawed. From Earth Station Central, three female-starved male astronauts are shot into space to fix a sewage problem on an outlying space station. After quickly fixing the plumbing, they decide to break the rules and fly on to a mysterious planet, rumored to be inhabited by a tribe of beautiful amazon women whose very existence is solely to satisfy men's desires. However, on reaching their destination, the scientist discover unexpected complications: not only are the women controlled by an aggressive robot-pimp named Wron, but the planet is also overrun with giant prehistoric monsters, including the deadly man-eating vaginasaur. 78 min. DVD X3898
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Tropic Thunder (2008)
Directed by Ben Stiller. Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel. While filming an action movie in the jungle, death and hilarity ensue as the lead actors believe the murderous heroin-producing gang they encounter is a part of the script. A spoof on action/adventure films. Special features: Audio commentaries; Before the Thunder"; The hot LZ; Blowing s#%t up; Designing the "Thunder"; The cast of "Tropic thunder"; Rain of madness; deleted and extended scenes; alternate ending; Full mags; MTV movie awards : "Tropic thunder"; video rehearsals. 107 min. DVD X840
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Brüno (2009)
Directed by Larry Charles. Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu, Josh Meyers. As Brüno travels the world in search of fame, no one, whether they are celebrities, politicians or even terrorists, will be spared from his signature sense of style and his wickedly off-kilter manner. And, yes, they are all real situations. Prepare yourself for non-stop laughs and outright gasps when you experience the unforgettable antics of Bruno. 82 min. DVD X3038
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The Hangover (2009)
Directed by Todd Phillips. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor. Two days before his wedding, Doug and his groomsmen take off for a 24-hour stag party in Las Vegas. The morning after their arrival in Vegas, they awaken in their Caesars Palace hotel suite each with the worst hangover. No one remembers what happened in the past twelve or so hours. The suite is in shambles and Doug is missing. Phil, Stu and Alan try to find Doug using only what little pieces of information they have at hand and go on a journey of discovery. However, it's a race against time since they need to find Doug and get him back to Los Angeles in time for the wedding. 100 min. DVD X4226
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Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Comedy
Golden Glob Awards - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

I Love You, Philip Morris (2009)
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Cast: Jim Carrey, Leslie Mann, Ewan McGregor. A true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, all in the name of love. Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. Based on the book of the same name by Steve McVicker. 104 min. DVD X5995
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Solitary Man (2009)
Directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Cast: Danny Devito, Jenna Fischer, Jesse Eisenberg, Mary Louise Parker, Michael Douglas, Imogen Poots, Susan Sarandon. Ben Kalmen, a fifty-something New Yorker, discovers that he is not the man he wanted to be. Through many business and romantic indiscretions he has lost his once successful car dealership. Now he must make the decision to face the challenges of his not so youthful life. 90 min. DVD X4711
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Everything Must Go (2010)
Directed by Dan Rush. Cast: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña, Christopher C.J. Wallace, Glenn Howerton, Stephen Root, Laura Dern. Nick, a career salesman loses his wife and his job on the worst day of his life. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line--or, rather, on the lawn--as he moves himself and all his possessions to his front yard where he holds a giant yard sale. Based on the short story "Why don't you dance?" by Raymond Carver. Videodisc release of the 2011 motion picture. 97 min. DVD X6533
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Zombieland (2009)
Directed by Ruben Fleischer. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin. In a world that has become overrun with zombies, two men must figure out how to survive. Wimpy Columbus is afraid of his own shadow, while Tallahassee is the biggest, baddest, gun-toting zombie-slayer who ever lived. When they meet two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, the four strike out for an amusement park that is said to be zombie-free. This mismatched group will have to rely on each other to survive, which could be worse than surrendering to the zombies. Special features: Deleted scenes; commentary with actors Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, director Ruben Fleischer, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; go behind-the-scenes with "In search of Zombieland"; "Zombieland is your land" - the zombification of the United States; visual effects progression scenes; theatrical promo trailers. 88 min. DVD X2620
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Bishop, Kyle William. "Vacationing in Zombieland: The Classical Functions of the Modern Zombie Comedy" Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Mar2011, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p24-38, 15p UC users only

From Prada to Nada (2010)
Directed by Angel Gracia. Cast: Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D'Agosto, April Bowlby, Kuno Becker, Adriana Barraza. A Latina spin on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," where two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and sensibility. 106 min. DVD X6069
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One Angry Man (2010)
Directed by Steven Moskovic. Cast: Jackie Mason, Jamie Colby, Tony Darrow, Raoul Felder, Mike Gallagher, Mark Levin. Modeled after the stage and screen production 'Twelve Angry Men', 'One Angry Man' is a courtroom dram-edy starring Jackie Mason as himself. The characters share stories with one another about their lives and experiences, tempers flare, emotions run rampant, and Jackie realizes he may have made a wrong decision. Jackie, being soft-hearted as he is, takes responsibility and tries re-convincing everyone of the plaintiff's innocence. 95 min. DVD X6734
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The Perfect Host (2010)
Directed by Nick Tomnay. Cast: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Megahn Perry, Helen Reddy. In this dark comedy a criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary. The two discover just how deceiving appearances can be in this game of cat and mouse. 93 min. DVD X6696
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Today's Special (2010)
Director, David Kaplan. Cast: Aasif Mandvi, Jess Weixler, Madhur Jaffrey, Harish Patel, Kevin Corrigan, Dean Winters, Naseeruddin Shah. Samir is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he's been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn't asked to return. Samir considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy, but his plans quickly change when he learns that his father has suffered a severe heart attack and someone needs to look after the family business, a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens that's fallen on hard times. Based on the play Sakina's restaurant, by Aasif Mandvi. 99 min. DVD X6891
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Directed by Nick Tomnay. Cast: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson. A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. 94 min. DVD X6858
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The Rum Diaries (2011)
Directed by Bruce Robinson. Cast: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins. Tired of the noise and madness of New York, journalist Paul Kemp moves to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Kemp becomes obsessed with the fiancee of Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals. When he is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, Kemp is presented with the choice to use his words for the corrupt businessman's financial benefit, or use them to take him down. Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. 120 min. DVD X7059
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Filmed stand-up comedy and radio comedy

America's Funniest Comics
Filmed before a live audience in Atlanta, GA, features the hottest up-and-coming comedians, handpicked by Mr. Foxx himself. Cedric the Entertainer serves as master of ceremonies. DVD X960

Vol. 1: Perfomers: Jamie & Cedric, Damon Williams, DeRay Davis, Roz G., Jonathan Slocumb, Bill Burr, Lavell Crawford, Prescott, Morris Day and The Time. 65 min.

Vol. 2: Perfomers: Jamie & Cedric, Leslie, Gilbert Esquivel, Kyle Grooms, Nard Holston, Jeremiah "J.J." Williamson, Corey Holcomb, Todd Lynn, Morris Day and The Time. 73 min.

Vol. 3: Perfomers: Jamie & Cedric, Donnell Rawlings, David Arnold, Esau McGraw, Louie Katz, Spanky Hayes, Tony Scofield, Willy Barcena. 64 min.

Vol. 4: Perfomers: Jamie & Cedric, Roman Murray, Scruncho, Lil' Brough, Louis Ramey, Keisha Hunt, John Austin, Melanie Camacho, Marvin Dixon. 85 min.

The Arab American Comedy Tour: Featuring America's Most Wanted Comedians!: Maysoon Zayid, Ahmed Ahmed, Dean Obeidallah
"This time it's personal! Three of the nation's hottest Arab-American comedians, Ahmed Ahmed, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid perform their one-of-a-kind comedy to audiences in Dearborn, Michigan and Seattle, Washington bringing home the familiar adage 'Laugh and the world will laugh with you.' From racial profiling to the many Arab stereotypes, these daring performers will shed light and humor on what it means to be an Arab-American in today's political climate and at all major airports. No passport necessary as comedy is universal." 2006. 95 min. DVD 6701

The Aristocrats (2005)
Comedy veterans, Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza, use their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of the world's dirtiest joke. The joke is old burlesque and too extreme to be performed in public. It's called The Aristocrats. A film by Penn Jillette & Paul Provenza. 90 min. DVD 5078

The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour
Featuring comics Maz Jobrani (Iranian American), Aron Kader (Palestinian American) and Ahmed Ahmed (Egyptian American) with special guest Dean Obeidallah (Arab American) In a time when East and West do not seem to understand each other, top stand-up comics of Middle Eastern descent Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader, and Maz Jobrani take it upon themselves to single-handedly bridge the gap with an original comedy tour that has become one of the hottest concert tickets in the country. 64 min. DVD 7868

[Bernhard, Sandra] Without You I'm Nothing
Adaptation of Sandra Bernhard's one-woman off-Broadway show, a biting, dramatic, comedy cabaret showcase, in which she takes on a number of roles in order to examine American pop culture. 1990. 89 min. DVD X5769

The Big Black Comedy Show.
Host: Mo'Nique ; co-host: Rodney Perry ; performers: Esau Ali, Doug Williams, DeRay Davis, Chris Spencer. series of large venue, live comedy concerts showcasing the talent of today's most popular African-American stand-up comedians. 2005.
Vol. 1. 88 min. DVD 6922
Vol. 2. 92 min. DVD 6923
Vol. 3. 94 min. DVD 6924
Vol. 4. 94 min. DVD 6925
Vol. 5. 94 min. DVD 6926

[Borge, Victor] The Best of Victor Borge: Act One and Act Two (1990)
Victor Borge performs his musical comedy routines set at the piano with such favorites as The timid page turner and Phonetic punctuation plus others. Contents: Introducing Mozart -- My favorite barber -- Introducing Marylyn Mulvey -- Aria from "Rigor mortis" by Joe Green -- The timid page turner -- Phonetic punctuation -- Inflationary language -- Sahan Arzruni with the "2nd rhapsody" by Fliszt -- Salieri opera -- Danish lullaby. 90 min. Video/C 9381

Bruce, Lenny

Lenny Bruce
Christians & Jews (17 min.) -- Soundtrack from "The Lenny Bruce performance film" (59 min.). Sound/D 3

Lenny Bruce: Let the Buyer Beware[sound recording]
Contents: Disc 1. When the good road is closed, the bad road will never be open -- Disc 2. I wanna pour gas on you! -- Disc 3. Ben Webster is Jewish -- Disc 4. I wouldn't work this shithouse town for fifteen million dollars -- Disc 5. You better bring your toothbrush -- Disc 6. Sign a release? I didn't do my fag at the ballgame bit yet.

Compilation on six sound discs of approx. 120 monologues by the controversial comedian Lenny Bruce with accompanying book by the same title. Book includes biographical information including a chronology of life events, photographs of performances, and a detailed description of disc contents. 460 min. Sound/D 177

The Lenny Bruce Originals. Volume 2 [sound recording]
White collar drunks -- The defiant ones (with Eric Miller) -- The phone company -- The Steve Allen show -- Esther Costello story -- Bronchitis -- My trip to Miami -- The tribunal -- The Palladium -- Our governors -- Lima, Ohio -- Airplane glue -- Shelly Berman/Chicago/Nightclub owners -- How to relax your colored friends at parties -- The lost boy -- Marriage, divorce and motels -- Don's big dago -- Commercials.(Berkeley, CA: Fantasy, 1991, c1959) 77 min. Sound/D 12

To Is a Preposition: Come Is a Verb [sound recording]
To come -- I just do it and that's all -- Hubert's museum -- The perverse act -- Tits and ass -- Completely exposed -- A pretty bizarre show -- Blah, blah, blah -- Dirty toilet -- Would you sell out your country -- A white white woman and a black black woman. 1969. Sound/D 82

The Lenny Bruce Performance Film
One of Lenny Bruce's last nightclub performances, and an off-color animated short, "Thank You Mask Man," a parody on the Lone Ranger saga created by Bruce. August, 1965 tape of a performance in San Francisco, California. 67 min. DVD 5009; vhs Video/C 2903

Lenny Bruce Without Tears
Documentary about comedian Lenny Bruce, who died in 1966. In his personal life he was a tortured soul, and his humor was ahead of the times, but his influence was enormous. He attacked hypocrisy, racism, war and organized religion, and was rewarded by being hounded by the police. Featuring: Lenny Bruce, Steve Allen, Paul Krassner, Mort Sahl, Kenneth Tynan, Nat Hentoff, Malcolm Muggeridge. 75 min. Video/C 4492

Live at the Curran Theater
Recorded live in San Francisco, Nov. 19, 1961. In which the artist discusses critics, definitions, his San Francisco bust, courts, juries, cops, his Philadelphia bust, corruption, obscenity, and defines Jewish and goyishe (24:18) -- In which the artist discusses "The Lie," his courtroom fantasy, George Shearing and guide dogs for the blind, Tropic of Cancer, cops and bad toilet training, and describes the Philadelphia hotel room raid (24:54) -- In which the artist describes his ride to jail in Philadelphia, jails in general, and Philadelphia lower courts (24:30) -- In which the artist fantasizes about the Shirley Beck letters and discusses blue suits, Bobby Kennedy, Russians, integration, juries, and humor (24:00) -- In which the artist recounts his fantasy with the judge, discusses Las Vegas, the paradox of obscenity, tits and ass, nuns, Paul Robeson, and Adolph Eichmann (23:55) -- In which the artist continues with the Eichmann theme, the Thomas Merton poem, Christ and Moses, legalization of pot, hillbillies, and ends with Judy Garland's farewell (24:03). Sound/D 116

[Carlin, George] George's Best Stuff
A compilation of some of George Carlin's funniest stand-up routines including "A place for my stuff," "Dogs and cats," "Baseball and football," "Losing things," "Al Sleet the hippy-dippy weather man," the notorious "Seven words you can never say on television," and many more. 87 min. DVD X938

[Carvey, Dana] See also Saturday Night Live (TV videography)

[Chappelle, Dave] Chappelle's Show. The Lost Episodes
Cast: Dave Chappelle, Anthony Berry, Bill Burr, Yoshio Mita, Neal Brennan, D.J. Cipha Sounds, Paul Mooney, Charles Q. Murphy, Randy Pearlstein, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush. Dave Chappelle is back! ... Sort of. Three completed episodes from the long-lost third season of Chappelle's Show are finally available. With the success of the first two seasons, Dave finally gets to meet the President of Show Business, spends some time in the limelight on MTV's Cribs, and gives his best impersonations of P. Diddy, 'Lil Jon and Gary Coleman. Combine that with some great musical guests and you've got proof that Dave Chappelle is now and forever will be one of the funniest, most boundary-pushing comedians ever to grace television. 68 min. DVD X1002

[Chappelle, Dave] Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth
Performance footage of Dave Chappelle's comedy act at the San Francisco's Fillmore. At The Fillmore Chappelle does what he does best in this outrageous and hilarious standup performance, which allows him to push the envelope and go even farther than he does on his TV show. Originally broadcast on the Showtime Network in 2004. 58 min. DVD X933

[Cho, Margaret] Margaret Cho: Assassin A2TV; Here! (2005)
Margaret Cho returns to the concert stage with a "killer" stand-up show that breaks new ground it its hilarious attack on politics and society. Taking aim at the media, organized religion and national policy she pulls no punches in her assault on America's "ever devolving" cultural state. Recorded live at The Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C. 84 min. DVD 4694

Lee, Rachel C. ""Where's My Parade?" - Margaret Cho and the Asian American Body in Space." TDR: The Drama Review, Summer2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p108-132, 25p UC users only
Pearson, Kyra. ""Words should do the work of bombs": Margaret Cho as symbolic assassin." Women and Language; 32, no. 1 (Spring, 2009): 36-43, 8 p.
Pelle, Susan. "The 'Grotesque' Pussy: 'Transformational Shame' in Margaret Cho's Stand-up Performances." Text & Performance Quarterly, Jan2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p21-37, 17p UC users only
Stetz, Margaret D. "Who's Hu? And Where is the Asian American Women's Comic Tradition in Fiction?" Studies in American Humor, 2007, Vol. 3 Issue 15, p101-111, 11p UC users only

[Cho, Margaret] CHO Revolution (2004)
Directed by Lorene Machado. In concert, Margaret Cho tackles the axis of evil, the joy of bodily functions, her loser ex-boyfriend and her now world-famous mother. 95 min. DVD 2854

Lee, Rachel C. ""Where's My Parade?" - Margaret Cho and the Asian American Body in Space." TDR: The Drama Review, Summer2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p108-132, 25p UC users only
Pearson, Kyra. ""Words should do the work of bombs": Margaret Cho as symbolic assassin." Women and Language; 32, no. 1 (Spring, 2009): 36-43, 8 p.
Pelle, Susan. "The 'Grotesque' Pussy: 'Transformational Shame' in Margaret Cho's Stand-up Performances." Text & Performance Quarterly, Jan2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p21-37, 17p UC users only
Stetz, Margaret D. "Who's Hu? And Where is the Asian American Women's Comic Tradition in Fiction?" Studies in American Humor, 2007, Vol. 3 Issue 15, p101-111, 11p UC users only

I'm The One That I Want (2000)
Directed by Lionel Coleman. Comedian Margaret Cho's raunchy and hysterically funny stand-up concert. As one of the country's most visible Asian Americans, she has a unique perspective on identity and acceptance. Filmed live at The Warfield in her hometown of San Francisco, this film is Cho at her very best--funny, shocking and irreverent. 96 min. DVD 1066

Lee, Rachel C. ""Where's My Parade?" - Margaret Cho and the Asian American Body in Space." TDR: The Drama Review, Summer2004, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p108-132, 25p UC users only
Pearson, Kyra. ""Words should do the work of bombs": Margaret Cho as symbolic assassin." Women and Language; 32, no. 1 (Spring, 2009): 36-43, 8 p.
Pelle, Susan. "The 'Grotesque' Pussy: 'Transformational Shame' in Margaret Cho's Stand-up Performances." Text & Performance Quarterly, Jan2010, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p21-37, 17p UC users only
Stetz, Margaret D. "Who's Hu? And Where is the Asian American Women's Comic Tradition in Fiction?" Studies in American Humor, 2007, Vol. 3 Issue 15, p101-111, 11p UC users only

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[Cho, Margaret] Notorious C.H.O. (2002)
Filmed live in Seattle. Margaret Cho, a comedian in teh spirit of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin, is known as much for her raunchy humor as for her enormous contributions as a social equalizer. 95 min. DVD 2854

[Culture Clash] Culture Clash's a Bowl of Beings
Culture Clash: Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, Herbert Siguenza. Deftly employing comedic styles from the Marx Brothers to Sam Kinison, Culture Clash, a group of Mexican American comedians, gives a powerful demonstration of Chicano wisdom, art and wit. 1992. 55 min. Video/C 4673 Cutting Edge Comedians of the 60's & 70's
In the late 1950's a fresh, unconventional style of standup comedy emerged tackling such previously taboo subjects as sex, religion, drugs, and politics, and ushered in an avant-garde era of comedy that was decidedly more cerebral, satirical, and improvisational than before. Featuring: Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks, Jackie Mason, Bob Newhart, Shelly Berman, Bill Cosby, Jonathan Winters, Hendra & Ullett, Godfrey Cambridge, Mort Sahl, Smothers Brothers, Steve Martin, Rowan & Martin, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman, Billy Crystal, Jay Leno, David Letterman. Special features: Rare TV commercials with Bill Cosby, Lily Tomlin, Jonathan Winters, and more. 105 min. DVD X944

[Farley, Chris] See also Saturday Night Live (TV videography)

[Foxx, Red] Fugg it!!! The Very Best of Red Foxx[Sound recording]
Long before Eddie Murphy, Andrew Dice Clay, or Howard Stern raised the ire of censors and threatened the delicate sensibilities of mainstream American good taste, there was Redd Foxx, arguably the most notorious "blue" comic of his day. Prior to finding fame in the 1970s as the star of the popular sitcom Sanford and Son, Foxx found little but infamy throughout the first several decades of his performing career; salty and scatological, his material broke new ground with its point-blank riffs and brazen discussions of sex and color, and although his party albums were generally banned from white-owned record stores, the comedian's funky narrative style and raspy delivery proved highly influential on comic talents of all ethnic backgrounds. Contents: Introduction -- My ugly wife -- A poem -- Voting -- Roadrunner -- Paratrooper -- Drinking and driving -- Electric chair -- Fighting midgets -- Parking it in the park -- Cannibals -- Chick in the bar -- Oh George -- French girl -- You moved -- Almond joy -- Rich girl, poor girl -- Triplets -- Boss -- Boy -- Thanksgiving pussy -- Color matters -- KKK wizard -- Dressmakers -- Fugg soap -- Snot -- Licking ice cream -- Virgin -- Wahoo -- Nurse treatment -- Bras and shorts -- Manischevitz wine -- Sheep in the fence -- Crocodile hunting -- Chains -- That's my wife -- Tiger's lips -- Dairy queen -- Baldness -- Farmers' costume trek -- Meat and fish -- My dick -- Snake bite -- 500 legs and a cherry -- The preacher and the lion -- The preacher's wife -- Costume party I & II -- Confucius I, III -- World war III -- Two fives for a ten -- Tarzan -- Redd Foxx international -- Mop bucket -- Pregnant man -- World war II -- A poem to women -- Confucius IV -- I love England -- Railroad track -- Early bird -- Pancho Villa -- Long Island duck -- LBJ -- Farmer's daughter -- Furniture business -- My front door is open -- Mary -- Lady on a bus -- I've been raped -- Drinkin' -- No lickety split -- Canary -- Brass nuts -- Screwing the boss -- Prejudice in the movies -- No clothes -- Newlyweds -- Raffle win -- The cop and the waitress -- Pussy face -- My dick II -- Teflon and vaseline -- Fukawi Indians -- Hobo in New York -- Elevator operator -- Congo -- In the bar -- Greek/French -- Horse manure to go -- Eyebrows -- Confucius II -- Little red riding hood -- Ham and eggs -- Mexican speed bump -- Black cats -- House of ill repute -- Closing. Sound/D 243

F**k the Disabled: The Suprising Adventures of Greg Walloch
Part documentary, part concert film and part traditional comedy starring New York stand-up comedian Greg Walloch. Politically incorrect and politically challenging, much of Greg's act is based on his being openly gay and disabled. Timely and witty, Walloch makes the viewer question the term "disabled," as he pokes fun at religion, society, his friends and himself. 2001. 83 min. DVD 1185

[Goldberg, Whoopi] Whoopi Goldberg (1986)
A one-woman show in which comedian Whoopi Goldberg performs as five different characters that couldn't have less in common in a hilarious thought-provoking and touching tribute to one actor's immensely gifted talent. 75 min. Video/C 8881

Hungry i Reunion
The story of San Francisco's most famous nightclub of the 50's and 60's is told through the 1980 reunion of internationally famous entertainers who got their start there. Includes rare footage of Lenny Bruce in performance. Inspired by the novel: Diary of a North Beach Cabaret by Don Asher. Special features: 30 minute never-before-seen performance by Mort Sahl. 1980. 120 min. DVD X1010

[Izzard, Eddie] Dress to Kill (1998)
Directed by Lawrence Jordan. Eddie Izzard, stand-up comedian, spins free-flowing jokes about San Francisco, transvestitism, squirrels, American optimism, Hitler, the British royal family, mass murder and Stonehenge. Izzard romps through human history and transforms surprisingly complex ideas into biting satire--as well as knockout bits of sublime frivolity, like describing the movie Speed entirely in French. 180 min. DVD 1497
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Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious
A comic stage presentation that attempts to explain humor by discussing, demonstrating, disemboweling and dissecting theories of humor from Freud, to Henri Bergson to Milton Berle. Shot before a live audience on location at The Neo-Futuranum, Chicago, Ill. Originally produced in 2002. 84 min. DVD 8674

[Kauffmann, Andy] The Real Andy Kaufmann (1979)
Contains rare footage filmed at a live Andy Kaufman performance in the Catskills, New York in 1979. The real Andy was also caught off guard speaking candidly in and out of character interviewed backstage after the show. Includes commentary by the people who knew him best. 56 min. DVD 4480 [see also The Andy Kaufman Show DVD 4479]

Latino Comedy Series. Vol. 1
Presents all of the hottest Latino comics in America jam-packed for the first time into one exclusive video series. Volume 1 features stand up comedy routines by Jeff Garcia, Ludo Vica, Beny Mena and Cleto Rodriguez, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with each comedian. Recorded live at The Ice House, Pasadena, Calif. 105 min. DVD X1108

Latino Comedy Series. Vol. 2
Presents all of the hottest Latino comics in America jam-packed for the first time into one exclusive video series. Volume 2 features stand up comedy routines by Jeff Garcia, Marilyn Martinez, Patrick Deguire, and Andres Fernandez as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with each comedian. Recorded live at The Ice House, Pasadena, Calif. 90 min. DVD X1109

Latino Comedy Fiesta. Vol. 5
Presents all of the hottest Latino comics in America jam-packed for the first time into one exclusive video series. Volume 5 features stand up comedy routines by Jeff Garcia, Sebastian Cetina, Franky C, Shayla Rivera, abd Rudy Moreno, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with each comedian. Recorded live at The Ice House, Pasadena, Calif. 100 min. DVD X1118

Laughing Out Loud 2: America's Funniest Comedians
From today's hippest young comics to stars who have become household names, this collection brings together a wide array of performances by some of the funniest man and women ever to set foot behind a microphone. Originally produced in 2005. DVD X939a

Disc 1: Featuring stand-up comedians: Jeff Foxworthy, Mike Finney, Mary Elen Hooper, Mitt Able, Margaret Smith, Franklin Ajaye, Max Alexander, Ray Romano, Diane Amos, Steve Harvey. 70 min.

Disc 2: Featuring stand-up comedians: Norm MacDonald, Elaine Allison, Bill Rafferty, Amazing Johnathan, Bob Dubac, Judy Tenuta, Teddy Bergeron, Kip Adotta, Kathy Buckley, Will Durst. 70 min.

Disc 3: Featuring stand-up comedians: Drew Carey, Carol Leifer, Brad Cairns, Carrot Top, Sheila Kay, Leo Dufour, Jeff Dunham, Billiam Coronel, Peter Bales, Richard Belzer. 70 min.

Disc 4: Featuring stand-up comedians: Michael Colyer, Maxine Lapidus, Jeff Allen, Robert Jenkins, Wendy Liebman, Chris Alpine, Richard Carter, Jerry Elliot, Diane Ford, Bill Maher. 70 min.

Disc 5: Featuring stand-up comedians: Rich Hall, Ed Alonzo, Chaz Elstner, David Felderman, Kathleen Madigan, Doug Ferrai, Steve Ray Fromstein, John Bowman, Dave Attell, Brad Garrett. 70 min.

[Lopez, George] George Lopez, America's Mexican
Comedian/actor George Lopez makes his HBO solo debut live in front of a packed house in Arizona. Among the bits he riffs on are: immigration and naturalization, "minute men," dysfunction, modern-day kids, old-school values, hybrid cars, cars that run on corn, interracial relationships, dementia and the future. Performed live at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Bonus features: Never-before-seen footage from the HBO Comedy Special; "A conversation with George Lopez." c2007. 63 min. DVD 8080

[Lopez, George] George Lopez: Tall, Dark & Chicano
A live performance by Hispanic American comedian George who targets modern kids and family values, love, sex, immigration, his Latino roots and more as he gives us his hilarious take on living la vida Lopez. c2009. 90 min. DVD X3026

[Mabley, Moms] Comedy Ain't Pretty [Sound recording]
Program notes by Bill Dahl ([2] p.) inserted in container. Old men -- Soul food -- Children -- Hip to be square -- Backhanded in church -- Talkin' about men -- Hellen Hunt -- Everybody's crazy -- Good old days -- Friends -- Air plane trip -- White House lawn -- Fortune teller. Mabley was one of the most successful entertainers of the black vaudeville stage. In her 60's she become known to a wider white audience, making a number of mainstream TV appearances in the 1960s. Billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World," she tackled topics too edgy for many other comics of the time, including racism. She got away with it courtesy of her persona: onstage she appeared to be a small, bedraggled woman in a housedress and a funny hat, a 1950's version of a "bag-lady" persona. Sound/D 242

[Markham, Pigmeat] The Crap-shootin' Rev.[Sound recording]
Markham began his career in traveling music and burlesque shows. Starting in the 1950s Pigmeat Markham began appearing on television, making multiple appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. His boisterous, indecorous "heyeah (here) come da judge" shtick, which made a mockery of formal courtroom etiquette, became his signature routine. Contents: Introduction -- Your wife is dirty -- The crap-shootin' Rev. -- The peeping Tom -- Indian time -- Preachin' the blues -- The double crosser -- Signifying baby seal. Sound/D 244

[Mason, Jackie] Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew Live on Broadway
The irascible, irreplaceable, and incomparable true living legend of comedy gives his eighth and final one-man comedy Broadway show. Contents: Intro -- Success -- Homosexuals -- Politicians -- Hillary Clinton -- Qualifications ; Tough Jews ; The rich ; Diets ; Casinos ; Marriage ; Vacation ; Discrimination ; Viagra ; Culture.c2008. 93 min. DVD X1692

[Murphy, Eddie] Delirious
Eddie Murphy pontificates in his own vulgarly hilarious fashion on everything from bizarre sexual fantasies to reliving the family barbecue. Peppered with Eddie's one-of-a-kind wit, laugh along as he reminisces about his childhood days and the ice cream man intermixed with classic vocal parodies of top American entertainers. Taped live and in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. in August, 1983. 70 min. DVD 7491

[Murphy, Eddie] Eddie Murphy: Raw
Eddie Murphy delights, shocks, and entertains with dead-on celebrity impersonations; gives his impersonations on '80s love, sex and marriage; his rememberance of Mom's hamburgers and many more raucious, laugh-till-it-hurts anecdotes. Filmed, live, at New York's Felt Forum. 1987. 90 min. DVD 3799

[Murphy, Eddie] See also Saturday Night Live (TV videography)

[Myers, Mike] See also Saturday Night Live (TV videography)

[Navarrete, Rex] The Comedy of Rex Navarrete: Certified komik organik
A collection of mature humorous pieces from Filipino comic Rex Navarrete, recorded live at the historic San Jose Improv. Taped live at The Improv in San Jose, CA on August 28 & 29, 2009. 65 min. DVD X4983

[Newhart, Bob] Bob Newhart: Off the Record (1995)
"Join a live, sold-out concert as Bob Newhart performs his famous side-splitting one-man telephone comedy classics." Contents: Nude police lineup -- Abe Lincoln's PR man -- Diffusing the bomb -- Nervous driving instructor -- School for rude bus drivers -- Sir Walter Raleigh explains tobacco -- King Kong and the new security guard -- Tipsy accountant's retirement party -- Selling baseball to the board game company -- Bob at the unemployment office -- Cruise of the USS codfish -- Edison's real invention -- One-eyed bullfighter. 60 min. Video/C 9380

Old Jews Telling Jokes
These 18 joke tellers aren't professionals, but "with wonderful timing and mannerisms, and bouncy klezmer music backing them up, these funny old 'alter kockers' deliver, with great delight, the off-color and risqué jokes from a bygone era." Directed and edited by Sam Hoffman. 2009. 44 min. DVD X2352

[Pryor, Richard] Richard Pryor, Live in Concert (1979)
An uncensored live performance by comedian Richard Pryor. Drawing from his own background and experiences, Pryor covers such topics as racial differences, sex, death and machismo. Recorded at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, California in 1979. 79 min. DVD 3651

[Pryor, Richard] Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip
Filmed before a live audience at the Hollywood Palladium, this program captures Richard Pryor at his funniest -- about his trip to Africa in search of his "roots," his early days playing one-night gigs in Mafia-owned clubs and numerous other outrageous topics including his segment about "Pryor on Fire". Originally produced in 1982. 96 min. DVD 3650

[Pryor, Richard] The Richard Prior Show(1977)
Starring Richard Pryor and a host of guests, this is one of the most talked-about comedy shows ever, a hilarious collection of classic laughs that became a legend during its showings on NBC. Episode 1: Tonight's network-approved script -- Separate tables -- Stand-up -- Where there's smoke....-- Ward 8 -- Mr. Fixit -- Dr. Shanahan, M.D. -- New Talent -- Mr. Fixit (Part 2) -- Once upon a time -- Improv -- Episode 2: Hanabeni -- Jekyll and Hyde -- El Neggro -- Richard Pryor roast -- Homestead -- Charlie Hill -- Titanic -- Gun shop -- Rebuttal. Featuring: Richard Pryor, Sandra Bernhard, Vic Dunlop, Argus Hamilton, Paul Mooney, Tim Reid, Marsha Warfield, Robin Williams, John Witherspoon. 114 min. DVD 5353

[Pryor, Richard] The Richard Prior Show(1977)
Starring Richard Pryor and a host of guests, this is one of the most talked-about comedy shows ever, a hilarious collection of classic laughs that became a legend during its showings on NBC. Episode 1: Star Wars bar -- Drifter -- 40th president of the United States. -- "I gotta be me" -- Mojo the healer -- Gunslingers -- Satin doll -- Episode 2: Black samurai -- Southern justice -- Pet head -- The O'Jays -- Egypt, 1909 -- Come back from man -- Black death. Featuring: Richard Pryor, Sandra Bernhard, Vic Dunlop, Argus Hamilton, Paul Mooney, Tim Reid, Marsha Warfield, Robin Williams, John Witherspoon. 114 min. DVD 5353 117 min. DVD 5352

Reno: Rebel Without a Pause
Comedienne Reno gives her reflection on the September 11th terrorist attack. Reno was the first artist to take on the challenge of dealing with 9/11 a month after the attack. Directed by Nancy Savoca. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2002. 72 min. DVD X3667

[Rock, Chris] Chris Rock, Bigger & Blacker (1999)
Stand-up comedian Chris Rock performs at the Apollo Theatre in New York in "a wickedly original, brutally honest hour of rapid-fire observational brilliance." Contents: Main title/young white boys -- Gun control -- Parents -- Clinton, men & sex -- Get over the homophobia -- Taxes, doctors, drugs -- Ain't no money in the cure -- Racism -- Black leaders -- Fat black women -- Relationship maintenance -- Shut the fuck up! 65 min. DVD 1547

[Rock, Chris] See also Saturday Night Live (TV videography)

[Silverman, Sarah] Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
In this live performance comedian-actress Sarah Silverman showcases her familiar on-stage persona as a blithely self-involved Jewish American Princess whose penchant for perky vulgarity can be explosively funny or unnervingly shocking. Taped before a live audience at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. Bonus features: Commentary; the making of "Jesus is magic"; "Give the Jew girl toys" video; "Jesus is magic" trailer; "The aristocrats" trailer; Sarah Silverman scene from "The aristocrats." Originally produced as a motion picture in 2005. 72 min. DVD X945

Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age
One path to understanding is to make people laugh. Now Muslim-Americans have come forward to help dismantle the stereotypes and hatred that have surged since September 11, 2001. From false arrests to death threats, these comics face challenges from both mainstream America and within the Muslim community. All are at critical points in their careers, each evolving differently as a comic. But they are all striving for one thing: to break through the typecasting and achieve mainstream comedy success. Originally broadcast as a segment of the PBS series America at a Crossroads. c2007. 60 min. DVD X985

When Stand-up Stood Out
From 1978 to 1988, America was in thrall to comedy. Comedy clubs ballooned from 22 to nearly 500, and hot comedians were pulling down six-figures annually. In this film, former stand-up comedian Fran Solomita examines the Boston comedy scene during this period, as talented newcomers Denis Leary, Janeane Garofalo, Steven Wright, Bobcat Goldthwait, Colin Quinn and others honed their chops. There were meteoric rises cut short by envy, drug abuse, and financial chicanery, but there was also affection, integrity, soul, and hilarity in the hearts of Beantown's comedic community. Performers: Denis Leary, Janeane Garofalo, Steven Wright, Bobcat Goldthwait, Colin Quinn, Jimmy Tingle, Paula Poundstone, Barry Crimmins, Kevin Meaney, Lenny Clarke. Special features: A flashback with comedian Dane Cook (8 min.); More original stand up from Steven Wright, Bobcat Goldthwait, Lenny Clarke & more (7 min.); Classic 'Meaney on the street' bonus footage (4 min.); The making of 'When Stand Up Stood Out (15 min.); 'When Stand Up Stood Out trailer (2 min.); Trailer gallery (4 min.). 87 min. DVD X969

[Williams, Robin] Robin Williams Live on Broadway
A comedy special with Robin Williams at New York City's Broadway Theater. Puts you front row at the comedy event where Williams prances and hip-hops, talking nonstop about eveything from surgically enhanced breasts to the great anthrax scare; captures his manic comic energy in full force. Special features: Robin Williams interviewed by Marty Gallner, director of "Live on Broadway"; behind-the-scenes ; backstage before the broadcast ; Noises ; Hidden "Easter Egg." 126 min. DVD X943

[Wong, Kristina] Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
In this hilarious and whip-smart stage performance, Kristina Wong takes a surprisingly raucous approach to addressing the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American Women -- she tries to single-handedly save them all with her show! She fails fantastically at the task, creating the hysterical laughter that descends into a sobering coda. Written by Kristina Wong; directed by Michael Closson. c2010. 85 min. DVD X5431


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