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A Song in the Dark : The Birth of the Musical Film (Paperback)

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Drawing on meticulous research, sharp wit, and insightful analysis, Richard Barrios illuminates the origins of the movie musical in this extensively revised and updated edition of his highly acclaimedA Song in the Dark. From Warner Bros. and Jolson, to the Oscar-winning Broadway Melody and beyond, here is the whole funny and peculiar history of these films, their creators, and their audiences. Ranging from the smash hits ofThe Singing Fool and Sunny Side Up to bizarre flops like Golden Dawn and Cecil B. DeMille'sMadam Satan, they form a body of work unlike anything else in the history of popular entertainment. Here too are legendary performers, directors, and composers: from Fannie Brice, James Cagney, and Mae West, to Busby Berkeley, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and countless others. With many new rare photographs, some not published in nearly 80 years, this new edition traces the rise and fall, and rise again, of this quintessential piece of the American experience.

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195377347
SKU 211504199
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0195377346
Release Date 11/1/2009
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0496
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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