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Military Comedy Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography of Hollywood Releases Since 1918 Hal Erickson

Military Comedy Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography of Hollywood Releases Since 1918

Hal Erickson

Published May 14th 2014
ISBN : 9780786492671
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426 pages
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Beginning with Charlie Chaplins Shoulder Arms, released in America near the end of World War I, the military comedy film has been one of Hollywoods most durable genres. This generously illustrated history examines over 225 Army, Navy andMoreBeginning with Charlie Chaplins Shoulder Arms, released in America near the end of World War I, the military comedy film has been one of Hollywoods most durable genres. This generously illustrated history examines over 225 Army, Navy and Marine-related comedies produced between 1918 and 2009, including the abundance of laughspinners released during World War II in the wake of Abbott and Costellos phenomenally successful Buck Privates (1941), and the many lighthearted service films of the immediate postwar era, among them Mister Roberts (1955) and No Time for Sergeants (1958). Also included are discussions of such subgenres as silent films (The General), military-academy farces (Brother Rat), women in uniform (Private Benjamin), misfits making good (Stripes), anti-war comedies (MASH), and fact-based films (The Men Who Stare at Goats). A closing filmography is included in this richly detailed volume.