A Comic Life
wes gehring | bibliography
Leo McCarey and the Comic Anti-Hero in American Film, 1980.
Charlie Chaplin: A Bio-Bibliography, 1983.
W.C. Fields: A Bio-Biography, 1984.
Screwball Comedy: A Genre of Madcap Romance, 1986.
The Marx Brothers: A Bio-Bibliography, 1987.
Handbook of American Film Genres, 1988.
Laurel and Hardy: A Bio-Bibliography, 1990.
Mr. B, Or, Comforting Thoughts about the Bison: A Critical Biography of Robert Benchley.
Groucho and W.C. Fields: Huckster Comedians, 1994.
Populism and the Capra Legacy, 1995.
American Dark Comedy: Beyond Satire, 1996.
Personality Comedians as Genre: Selected Players, 1997.
Parody as Film Genre: "Never Give a Saga an Even Break," 1999.
Film Classics Reclassified: A Shocking Spoof of Cinema, 2001.
Seeing Red: The Skeleton in Hollywood's Closet: An Analytical Biography, 2001.
The World of Comedy: Five Takes on Funny, 2001.
Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Differences, 2002.
Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado, 2003.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Yankee Stadium: Baseball Films in the Capra Tradition, 2004.
Irene Dunne: First Lady of Hollywood, 2004.
James Dean: Rebel With a Cause, 2005.
Leo McCarey: From Marx to McCarthy, 2005.
Joe E. Brown: Baseball Buffoon, 2006.
The Charlie Chaplin Murder Mystery, 2006.
Film Clowns of the Depression: 12 Memorable Movies, 2007.
The James Dean Murder Mystery, 2008.
Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask, 2008.
Steve McQueen: "The Great Escape," 2009.
Forties Film Funnymen: The Decade's Great Comedians in the Shadow of War, 2010.
I, Red Skelton: Exit Laughing, or, A Man, His Movies and Sometimes His Monkeys(novelized memoir), 2011.
Robert Wise: Shadowlands, 2012
Will Cuppy: American Satirist, 2013
Chaplin's War Trilogy: An Evolving Lens in Three Dark Comedies, 2014. (Huffingtonpost.com named this one of the best film books of 2014.)
Genre-Busting Dark Comedies of the 1970s, 2015
Movie Comedies of the 1950s: Defining a New Era of Big Screen Comedy, 2016
The Charlie Chaplin Murder Mystery, 2016
In Progress: A book about Buster Keaton on his 1920s silent features, but keying upon period material.
Hitchcock and Humor: In Various Forms in Twelve Pivotal Films, 2019, Book Interview.
Gehring Lost and Found: Selected Essays, 2019
A Woman of Paris:
The Genesis of a Masterpiece, 2020
Sydney Pollack: An Unconvential Biography, Forthcoming 2021.
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