♥ Book Title : The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen
☯ Full Synopsis : "Inspired by the real life post-divorce experiences of television comedy writer Danny Simon, The Odd Couple has touched multiple generations of fans. Playwright Neil Simon embellished his brother Danny’s pseudo-sitcom situation and created an oil-and-water twosome with memorable characters showcasing the foibles of mankind. The original Broadway production enjoyed a run of 964 performances. The story of the cohabitation of Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison translated extremely well to the silver screen, and then in 1970 to television, where it brought weekly laughs and mirth to an even larger audience for five seasons in prime time. This thorough history details The Odd Couple in all its forms over the decades. It provides capsule biographies of the stage, film and television casts and crew, as well as an episode guide and a wealth of little-known information."Article| Bob Leszczak| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Odd Couple One and Two
☯ Full Synopsis : "The hilarious lives of two mismatched roommatesirascible slob Oscar Madison and the fastidious Felix Ungerare chronicled in the complete original screenplays for two of Neil Simon's most famous worksThe Odd Couple and its sequel, Travelin' Light. Original."Article| Neil Simon| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Matthau
☯ Full Synopsis : "Based on dozens of interviews and extensive research, this book covers the breadth of Walter Matthau's often-complicated personal life and multi-faceted career."Article| Rob Edelman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations
☯ Full Synopsis : "Hollywood's conversion to sound in the 1920s created an early peak in the film musical, following the immense success of The Jazz Singer. The opportunity to synchronize moving pictures with a soundtrack suited the musical in particular, since the heightened experience of song and dance drew attention to the novelty of the technological development. Until the near-collapse of the genre in the 1960s, the film musical enjoyed around thirty years of development, as landmarks such as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, Singin' in the Rain, and Gigi showed the exciting possibilities of putting musicals on the silver screen. The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including not only favorites such as Annie and Kiss Me, Kate but also some of the lesser-known titles like Li'l Abner and Roberta and problematic adaptations such as Carousel and Paint Your Wagon. Together, the chapters incite lively debates about the process of adapting Broadway for the big screen and provide models for future studies."Article| Dominic McHugh| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The World of Musicals: An Encyclopedia of Stage, Screen, and Song [2 volumes]
☯ Full Synopsis : "This wide-ranging, two-volume encyclopedia of musicals old and new will captivate young fans—and prove invaluable to those contemplating staging a musical production. • Offers 700 alphabetically arranged entries related to musicals in theatre, film, and television • Spans the history of musical theatre from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in the late 1800s to the present • Concentrates on musicals that are historically important and/or of mainstream interest, as well as those that might be examined in a high school music, music history, or theatre class • Features a teacher-friendly guide to the most popular musicals performed by high schools, discussing casting/characters, costume needs, notes on the difficulty of the music, and more • Includes a selected bibliography, discography, and videography as well as a chronology capturing key events in the history of the musical"Article| Mark A. Robinson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : American National Biography
☯ Full Synopsis : "A supplement to the ""American National Biography"" that offers approximately 500 biographical entries. This edition recounts the tales of the different people who shaped America-leaders, composers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, and outlaws. The entries bring forth a narrative of America's past."Article| Mark C. Carnes| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Hollywood's Odd Couple
☯ Full Synopsis : "*Includes pictures *Includes the actors'' quotes *Includes a bibliography for further reading "Every actor looks all his life for a part that will combine his talents with his personality...''The Odd Couple'' was mine. That was the plutonium I needed. It all started happening after that." - Walter Matthau "It''s hard enough to write a good drama, it''s much harder to write a good comedy, and it''s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is." - Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are probably best remembered for their films together, but both were clearly established actors in Hollywood by the time they appeared in their first film together. The great film director Billy Wilder once noted of Jack Lemmon that Lemmon "was my everyman", and Lemmon did indeed represent a great everyman to American audiences during the latter half of the 20th century. For rich, poor, and working class audiences alike, Lemmon was an accessible leading male, someone certainly less stately than Cary Grant or Laurence Olivier and seemingly more approachable even than archetypal leading men such as Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda. Viewers may not have known Lemmon on a personal level, yet his easygoing demeanor made it easy for the American public to feel as if they knew Lemmon. His wide appeal is summarized nicely by Richard T. Stanley, who noted that he "had the personality and versatile talent to star in any era," and Lemmon became intimately associated with other famous figures of Hollywood, including Billy Wilder and Matthau. Before his movies with Lemmon, Matthau most often played shady criminals in dramatic films, and his character in Elia Kazan''s A Face in the Crowd (1957) offers one of the best examples. Matthau''s major breakthrough did not occur until 1965, when he starred in the stage production of The Odd Couple, which was later adapted into the film that might be the duo''s best known movie together. In several of their movies, viewers witness all of the core elements of the Lemmon-Matthau dynamic. Lemmon plays the straight man to Matthau''s shadier, conniving character, and a sharp contrast exists between the two: Lemmon is relatively short and conventionally handsome, while Matthau is far taller and appears far more clownish, and the contrast would grow starker as they aged and Matthau became rather stocky. Even though Lemmon is invariably tempted by Matthau''s schemes, he denounces them at the conclusion but doesn''t reject or condemn Matthau as a person. A romantic plot often develops between leading ladies and the two actors, but the chief relationship is usually between Lemmon and Matthau, whose comedic value as a team is greater than the sum of its parts. It is all the more noteworthy that while Lemmon and Matthau are often mentioned in the pantheon of legendary male comedy teams, they were not natural comics in the manner of Laurel and Hardy or Abbot and Costello. Instead, they became great comics when acting alongside their comic foil, and while it is Matthau who took primacy in The Fortune Cookie (he did win an Academy Award, after all), in The Odd Couple, Saul Austerlitz argues that the opposite occurs in the subsequent movie: "Matthau has the showier role as gruff, sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison, but Lemmon steals the show as the prim...Felix Unger." In an act of homage toward their legendary partnership, Lemmon was buried near Matthau, who died about a year before Lemmon, and upon Matthau''s death, Lemmon stated, "I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we''ll ever see." Lemmon may have put it even more aptly when he said, "Death ends a life, not a relationship." Hollywood''s Odd Couple chronicles the lives, careers, and partnership between the two actors. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Lemmon and Matthau like never before."Article| Charles River Charles River Editors| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Tony and Me
☯ Full Synopsis : "The author pays tribute to his friend and colleague, Tony Randall, describing their work on the television program "The Odd Couple" and working for the National Actors Theatre."Article| Jack Klugman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Odd Couple
☯ Full Synopsis : "Two poker buddies, one a hyper-neurotic, the other an incurable slob, suddenly find themselves bachelors again and decide to share a New York City apartment."Article| Neil Simon| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Motion Picture Guide ... Annual
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♥ Book Title : Odd couple mania
☯ Full Synopsis : "Offers profiles of the actors and actresses on this popular television series, includes plot summaries for all of the shows, and offers trivia questions"Article| Rip Stock| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Screen Saviors
☯ Full Synopsis : "Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies--by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color. This collaboration by a sociologist and a film critic, using the new perspective of critical "white studies," offers a bold and sweeping critique of almost a century's worth of American film, from Birth of Nation (1915) through Black Hawk Down (2001). Screen Saviors studies the way in which the social relations that we call "race" are fictionalized and pictured in the movies. It argues that films are part of broader projects that lead us to ignore or deny the nature of the racial divide in which Americans live. Even as the images of racial and ethnic minorities change across the twentieth century, Hollywood keeps portraying the ideal white American self as good-looking, powerful, brave, cordial, kind, firm, and generous: a natural-born leader worthy of the loyalty of those of another color. The book invites readers to conduct their own analyses of films by showing how this can be done in over 50 Hollywood movies. Among these are some films about the Civil War--Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, and Glory; some about white messiahs who rescue people of another color--Stargate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mississippi Burning, Three Kings, and The Matrix; the three versions of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, 1962, and 1984) and interracial romance--Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Forty years of Hollywood fantasies of interracial harmony, from The Defiant Ones and In the Heat of the Night through the Lethal Weapon series and Men in Black are examined. This work in the sociology of knowledge and cultural studies relates the movies of Hollywood to the large political agendas on race relation in the United States. Screen Saviors appeals to the general reader interested in the movies or in race and ethnicity as well as to students of com"Article| Deborah Barndt| Statement ..."