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Hollywood's Classic Comedies; My Favorite Comedians
By John Howard Reid   
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Last edited: Thursday, August 19, 2010
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Who are your favorite comedians? I've put two of my favorites on the front cover of my book, HOLLYWOOD'S CLASSIC COMEDIES: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in an amusing still from "Hold That Ghost".

Hollywood's Classic Comedies

Abbott and Costello are not my only comedy favorites. Not by a long chalk. This book rates and extensively reviews 200 films. Abbott and Costello star in only 7 of them. Harold Lloyd, on the other hand, stars in no less than 16; and the Three Stooges grace no less than ten with their presence.

Ah! But the Stooges' ten are all shorts. So are 5 of Lloyd's 16! That still puts Lloyd well ahead of the pack. His closest rival is Stanley Holloway who has 5 feature films detailed in this book.

Comedians with 4 films each include Jack Carson, Edgar Kennedy, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake (the Blondie and Dagwood team).

A whole raft of comedians have 3 of their films extensively detailed and researched: Bob Hope, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Claudette Colbert, Clyde Cook, W.C. Fields, Katharine Hepburn, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey.

The above, of course, is just a taste of the riches contained within "Hollywood's Classic Comedies".  I mean  there's no way you could write such a book without including Olsen and Johnson, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis,  Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Clifton Webb, Red Skelton, Will Rogers, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Robert Benchley, Milton Berle, Charles Chapin, and scores of other inspired laugh-makers. 

They are all here -- all within the pages of "Hollywood's Classic Comedies"!

 

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Reviewed by John Howard Reid 8/19/2010
"Hollywood's Classic Comedies" is now available in a Kindle edition for only $4.99 (including Amazon's $2 delivery fee). You will need to search Amazon's Kindle Store for "Hollywood's Classic Comedies", as there is at present no direct link from the main store's entry for this book.



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