Titel: Bound and Gagged in Hollywood: Edward L. Hartmann, Screenwriter and Producer
Autor/en: Donald W. McCaffrey
SCARECROW PRESS INC
Juni 2006 - kartoniert - 136 Seiten
Edmund Hartmann arrived in Hollywood as a contract screenwriter in the early 1930s, and by the next decade had become producer of his own screenplays for Universal. He oversaw feature films for such diverse talents as John Carradine, Eve Arden, Jane Russell, Basil Rathbone, Hedy Lamarr, Victor McLaglen, Bob Cummings, Don Ameche, Ann Miller, Jackie Cooper, and Joan Fontaine.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction-A Recognition of His Talent Chapter 4 1. He Wrote for the Stars but Didn't Want to Direct Them Chapter 5 2. In the Beginning Hartmann Gave Birth to Princess Nita Chapter 6 3. Creative Independence at Universal Chapter 7 4. Don't Let the Fat Lady Sing: The Writers Chapter 8 5. Send in the Clowns Chapter 9 6. Thanks for the Memories: There was Hope Chapter 10 7. Of Songs, Music Men, and Hartmann Chapter 11 8. Bound and Gagged: The Censored and Damned Chapter 12 9. Much ado about Family on TV Chapter 13 10. Rolling the Final Credits Part 14 Appendixes Part 15 Bibliography Part 16 Index
Donald W. McCaffrey is Professor Emeritus, English Department, at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of Four Great Comedians: Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, and Langdon, The Golden Age of Sound Comedy, Assault on Society: Satirical Literature to Film (Scarecrow, 1992) and The Road to Comedy: The Films of Bob Hope.
As a contract screenwriter in the Hollywood of the 1930s, Hartmann did what he was told, and he was told to do plenty. He wrote features and then started producing his own scripts at Universal, working with no less than John Carradine, Hedy Lamarr, Basil Rathbone and Jane Russell. When it finally became clear to the studio bosses that Hartmann had a comedic gift, he wrote comedies for Bob Hope, Lucille Ball and Abbot and Costello, and produced the long-running My Three Sons and Family Affair for television. McCaffrey (English emeritus, U. of North Dakota) also has a gift, and that is for interviewing Hartmann and getting the details on the shows, the politics, and especially on the machinations of the blacklist of the McCarthy era, in which Hartmann had the honor (and the horror) of serving as president of the Writers Guild. Reference and Research Book News, August 2006