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Product Details

  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 26, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520055640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520055643
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superb commentaries by Henderson."--Geoffrey O'Brien, "The New York Review of Books

About the Author

Preston Sturges (1898-1959) was a member of Hollywood's gifted royalty. He wrote, directed, and produced a remarkable number of successful films and wrote and produced for the Broadway stage. Brian Henderson is Professor of Film and Chair of the Department of Media Studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Matusek on November 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
These screenplays contain some of the wittiest lines ever written. To my taste, Preston Sturges wrote better dialogue than Shakespeare. This volume contains the screenplay to one of my favorite films, "Christmas in July" -- one of the warmest and funniest fims ever made. Puts Shakespeare back with the shipping news.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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Sturges was brilliantly funny, and these scripts are beautifully constructed. Make a point to see HAIL, THE CONQUERING HERO; it's his best film, and includes arguably his funniest scene (the mayor dictates a speech to his son then his secretary).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Rogers on November 24, 2005
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Preston Sturges stands out among the writer/directors of the 30's and 40's (how many others were there? I can think only of John Huston) for his wittily jaded takes on politics, the battle of the sexes, art and patriotism. But if you're looking at this review, you're a fan already, so I'll just tell you the titles in this volume:

* The Great McGinty

* Christmas in July

* The Lady Eve

* Sullivan's Travels

* Hail the Conquering Hero

Good films all, and the last two classics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NYC Lap Swimmer on August 20, 2013
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Aside from the screenplays, this book contains "notes," actually a history of the writing of each screenplay, which is great if you are conducting research on Sturges. The notes are not very well written but they sometimes provide valuable insights.
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Super stuff. Recommended for anyone who likes reading or writing scripts of any kind. Classic relationships between characters and inventive action.
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