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, 1992.
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
((Book Authority - CNN & Forbes - 38th Best Comedy Book of All Time))
Movie Comedies of the 1950s: Defining a New Era of Big Screen Comedy, 2016
The Charlie Chaplin Murder Mystery, 2016
Buster Keaton In His Own Time: What the Responses of 1920s Critics Reveal, 2018.
Hitchcock and Humor: In Various Forms in Twelve Pivotal Films, 2019.
Gehring Lost and Found: Selected Essays, 2019
A Woman of Paris:
The Genesis of a Masterpiece, 2021
Sydney Pollack: A Subliminal Existentialist, 2022
Kinds of American Film Comedy: Six Core Genres and Their Literary Roots ((forthcoming from McFarland Press))
Gehring has signed a new book contract for a second anthology collection of selected Gehring essays, ((2024))
Currently preparing an extensive book proposal for McFarland Press on the secret behind the ongoing acclaim of the American Film Institute's (AFI) favorite comedy -- Some Like It Hot (1959).
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