Australian comedy films of the 1930s : modernity, the urban and the international / Lesley Speed
St. Kilda, Vic.: Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM), c2015.
Call No: 732(94) SPE Author: Speed, Lesley Source: AT Place: St. Kilda, Vic. Publisher: Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) PubDate: c2015 PhysDes: 128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. Subject: COMEDIES. AUSTRALIA; HISTORY AND THE CINEMA. AUSTRALIA; EFFTEE STUDIO; CINESOUND STUDIOS; HANNA, PAT; WALLACE, GEORGE; CO-RESPONDENT'S COURSE (AT, E.A. Dietrich-Derrick, 1931); DIGGERS (AT, F.W. Thring, 1931); HAUNTED BARN, THE (AT, E.A. Dietrich-Derrick, 1931); SHOWGIRL'S LUCK (AT, Norman Dawn, 1931); SENTIMENTAL BLOKE, THE (AT, F.W. Thring, 1932); ON OUR SELECTION (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1932); HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS (AT, F.W. Thring, 1932); DIGGERS IN BLIGHTY (AT, Pat Hanna, 1933); HARMOY ROW (AT, F.W. Thring, 1934); HAYSEEDS, THE (AT, Beaumont Smith, 1933); TICKET IN TATTS, A (AT, F.W. Thring, 1934); CLARA GIBBINGS (AT, F.W. Thring, 1934); STRIKE ME LUCKY (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1935); SPLENDID FELLOWS (AT, Beaumont Smith, 1934); GRANDAD RUDD (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1935); WHITE DEATH (AT, Edwin G. Bowen, 1936); RANGLE RIVER (AT, Clarence G. Badger, 1936); IT ISN'T DONE (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1937); TALL TIMBERS (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1937); LET GEORGE DO IT (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1938); DAD AND DAVE COME TO TOWN (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1938); GONE TO THE GOGS (AT, Ken G. Hall, 1939); ANTS IN HIS PANTS (AT, William Freshman, 1939) Summary: Comedy has been a perpetual part of Australian film, in which humour reflects Australia's adaptation in times of crisis, social change and technological advances. This was never more so than in the 1930s, when Australia produced more comedy feature films than in any other decade before 1970. These films of the 1930s embraced the new technology of sound, made local vaudeville performers into movie stars, offered escape from the Depression and revealed a diverse and international Australia. In these films, Australia moved further from Empire and the bush, forged the Digger legend, responded to cultural diversity and viewed itself as a modern, urban nation. Influenced by Hollywood, Australian comedies of the 1930s adapted international styles to local points of view. Based on research at the National Film and Sound Archive, Lesley Speed's book provides new insight into Australian comedy films of the 1930s and the extraordinary period of social change in which they were produced. [taken from the back cober] ISBN: 9781876467258 Contents: Contents: Introduction -- Comedy films and 1930s Australia -- Comedian comedies, Pat Hanna and George Wallace -- 'The best men in the metropolis' : Speech and language in films of Pat Hanna and George Wallace -- Strike me lucky, silly ass: Ethnicity and class difference -- From bush to the city: The Dad and Dave films -- Looking at home for 'something really ultra': Modernity, gender and the international -- Select filmography -- Select bibliography -- Notes More info