- Taschenbuch: 241 Seiten
- Verlag: Mcfarland & Co Inc; Auflage: New edition (1. März 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786419229
- ISBN-13: 978-0786419227
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,9 x 22,9 cm
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The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 2004
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"detailed"--Communication Booknotes Quarterly; "entertaining...excellent"--Scarlet; "[a] fine book...all sorts of interesting facts...really pleasurable to read"--Cult Movies; "examines the duo's foray into motion picture parody"--Film & History.
-detailed---Communication Booknotes Quarterly; -entertaining...excellent---Scarlet; -[a] fine book...all sorts of interesting facts...really pleasurable to read---Cult Movies; -examines the duo's foray into motion picture parody---Film & History.
While Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are more famously known for their straight comedy routines, they did make a number of films in which horror played a crucial role. The first part of this critical reference examines the Abbott and Costello "Meet the Monsters" spoof films (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Mummy). The second sections deals with Abbott and Costello's films with horror elements that do not follow this formula: Hold That Ghost, The Time of Their Lives and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff. The plot of each film is examined in detail with special attention paid to the comedians' styles of comedy, the effect of the horror scenes, and the place of the film in the Abbott and Costello canon. The reactions of critics (then and now) and the influences the films have had on the horror and comedy genres and on pop culture are also discussed. A lengthy introduction provides background on the lives of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and the development of Universal Studios as the premier horror factory.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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His "critical assessment" might more accurately be described as "judgmental musings." The author often repeatedly makes the same comments about various sight gags being "more suited to The Three Stooges," or gives his opinion on whether certain jokes work, or not. Critical, perhaps. "Bitchy," certainly and more accurately. What is never clearly established is his credibility or expertise to make such comments on the merits of A & C's material. Another annoying habit the author has is to make assumptions on the part of "most viewers." He proudly points out a bit of business, background action or technical flaw that he has discovered upon countless viewings of the films and makes the claim that "most viewers miss this." How does he know? Is it possible that the rest of the audience caught it on the first viewing and he is just now catching up?
The book is poorly written and, aside from the time it occasionally takes to figure out his point, is a quick read. One's time might be better spent watching the films and drawing one's own conclusions. Also, any of the sources cited in the author's bibliography provide all the behind-the-scenes information and more, making them a better value if they can be tracked down.