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The classically American comedy of Larry Gelbart by Jay Malarcher

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Published by Scarecrow Press in Lanham, Md .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-284) and index.

StatementJay Malarcher.
SeriesFilmmakers series ;, no. 102
LC ClassificationsPN1992.4.G46 M35 2003
The Physical Object
Paginationxvi, 295 p. ;
Number of Pages295
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3686665M
ISBN 100810847728
LC Control Number2003050409

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  The rhythms of American comedy are rooted in Yiddish, and Gelbart, born in Chicago, spoke only Yiddish until he was four. He credited his humour to his mother, a Polish-born seamstress, but he owed his career to his father, a hard-working barber from Latvia, who loved practical jokes. The comedy scene soon turned sour for Gelbart, however. In the late-fifties he quit Hollywood and moved to England, frustrated over Communist blacklisting. But he returned in the sixties to write a successful Broadway play, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and to revolutionize television yet again. Jay Malarcher. The Classically American Comedy of Larry Gelbart. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, ISBN Larry Gelbart. Laughing Matters. Larry Simon Gelbart, American writer and librettist (born Feb. 25, , Chicago, Ill.—died Sept. 11, , Beverly Hills, Calif.), wrote comedy hits for the stage, screen, and television but was best known for creating the pilot () for the enormously influential TV smash hit program M*A*S*H, which he adapted from Robert Altman’s blockbuster film.

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