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Wisecracks: Great Lines from the Classic Hollywood Era Paperback – 7 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853753572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853753572
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,271,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hollywood's classic studio era spawned just about the sharpest comic dialogue there's ever been. Hollywood garnered the finest talent available from both the vaudeville tradition and the new sharpen-talking pulp novels to furnish their stars with their greatest moments. Scriptwriters like Raymond Chandler and S. J. Perelman along with teams of Tinseltown wannabes penned lines for everyone from Bogey to Groucho.

Wisecracks is a collection of the finest of these gambits, ripostes, oneliners, putdowns and come-ons as used by Hollywood's greatest idols. As well as featuring all the great comedy acts the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Mae West, W. C. Fields Wisecracks has the hard-boiled comebacks of classic film noir and the rapid-fire exchanges of screwball comedy sparring partners like Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

"She tried to sit in my lap when I was standing up."
Humphrey Bogart, The Big Sleep

"I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit."
Mae West, I'm No Angel

"If I get the electric chair my agent gets ten per cent of the current."
Bob Hope, My Favorite Blonde --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2013
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Rosemarie Jarski does not seem capable of compiling a disappointing collection of wit. I now have 6 or more of her excellent 'humour' anthologies, and 'Wisecracks - Great Lines From The Classic Hollywood Movies' is up there among the best, with such as:-

"There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society - outside of a kennel." (Joan Crawford 'The Women' 1939)

"Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch." (W C Field 'You Can't Cheat An Honest Man' 1939)

"I got two rules I always stick to when I'm out visitin'. Keep away from couches, and stay on your feet." (Jean Harlow 'Hold That Man' 1933)

.......and there are hundreds more.

Virtually all of the quotes are from pre 1970 films referred to by the compiler as 'Classic' which is presumably another word for 'old'. Ms Jarski justifies the lack of 'quips' from post 1970 films by arguing that before the more lax censorship regimes came about in the late 60's, anything a tad risqué or bawdy had to be conveyed in words and not visually. Surely, however, there must be enough material in more recent films to produce an anthology of 'Wisecracks Two - Great Lines From Modern Movies.' or perhaps this has already been done?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By felaffel@hotmail.com on 26 Dec. 2000
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This book is great. If you have ever been at a dinner party, listening and laughing with all the rest, then this is the book that could save you from the embarassing moment when you cannot think of a witty retort (or at least passable.) Plagiarise this book to your heart's content, and you'll never be stuck for things to say. Just don't buy it for anybody else, or your secrets will be revealed. The only moan I have is that this book focuses on Hollywood movies only, with not quite enough quips from the general "scene". But it's a good buy, and ideal if you need a laugh. Also check out "Hollywood Wit" by the same author.
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By Mrs Maureen Barker on 9 Aug. 2014
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really like this book
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