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

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; New edition edition (7 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853753572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853753572
  • Package Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,744,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

Rosemarie Jarski prefers Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein to Citizen Kane because there are fewer ceilings and more laughs. Her ideal movie double-bill would be Some Like It Hot followed by Some Like It Hot.

Rosemarie writes screenplays and compiles anthologies. For Wisecracks she watched over a thousand movies and ate her own weight in popcorn. She now expects to make her Hollywood debut as the star of Free Willy 4.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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