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The Eternal Boy

Julia Lee

in Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816698219
eISBN:
9781452952451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698219.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“The Eternal Boy” is a brief history of Hal Roach, the creator of Our Gang, from his birth in Elmira, New York in 1892 to the opening of his eponymous film studio in Culver City, California in the ... More


A Boy and His Gang

Julia Lee

in Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816698219
eISBN:
9781452952451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698219.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“A Boy And His Gang” opens with the legend of Our Gang’s creation—Roach was inspired by a group of kids playing in a neighboring lumberyard. It describes Our Gang’s first black star, “Sunshine Sammy” ... More


. The Gag Man

McBride Joseph

in Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738384
eISBN:
9781604738391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738384.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter recounts Capra’s stint as a Hollywood gag man between 1924 and 1927. Capra started with the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, and also worked for the Hollywood Photoplay Company on two ... More


Elusive Stardom

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 3 highlights the demise of Langdon’s successful acting career. When Langdon began directing his own films, this led to his downfall. His work as a director received less than rave reviews ... More


Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals

Julia Lee

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816698219
eISBN:
9781452952451
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698219.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The series Our Gang (also known as The Little Rascals) has been called the most popular juvenile series ever filmed, beloved by generations of children and adults. According to Hollywoodlegend, ... More


A New Beginning and the Beginning of the End

William E. Ellis

in Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173986
eISBN:
9780813174792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173986.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Cobb moved to Hollywood at the invitation of Will Rogers and Hal Roach. With Cobb’s work in the film business, his writing tapered off. His involvement in the filming of Judge Priest, starring Will ... More


Freelance Artist

Christina Rice

in Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813144269
eISBN:
9780813144474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144269.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter delves into Ann’s early attempts to navigate a career as a freelance artist, which included sitting for famed portrait photographer George Hurrell. Her films for Paramount, Republic, ... More


The Politics and Poetics of Attraction II: Harold Lloyd’s “Thrill” Films

William Solomon

in Slapstick Modernism: Chaplin to Kerouac to Iggy Pop

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040245
eISBN:
9780252098468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040245.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter continues the conceptual thread of “attraction” while exploring the film oeuvre of the “third genius” of silent screen comedy: Harold Lloyd. This time it is the manifesto-like claims of ... More


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