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Fast-talking dames, Maria DiBattista

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Fast-talking dames
Title
Fast-talking dames
Statement of responsibility
Maria DiBattista
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"'There is nothing like a dame, ' proclaims the song from South Pacific. Certainly there is nothing like the fast-talking dame of screen comedies in the 1930s and '40s. In this engaging book, film scholar and movie buff Maria DiBattista celebrates the fast-talking dame as an American original. Coming of age during the Depression, the dame--a woman of lively wit and brash speech--epitomized a new style of self-reliant, articulate womanhood. Dames were quick on the uptake and hardly ever downbeat. They seemed to know what to say and when to say it. In their fast and breezy talk seemed to lie the secret of happiness, but also the key to reality. DiBattista offers vivid portraits of the grandest dames of the era, including Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Barbara Stanwyck, and others, and discusses the great films that showcased their compelling way with words--and with men. With their snappy repartee and vivid colloquialisms, these fast-talkers were verbal muses at a time when Americans were reinventing both language and the political institutions of democratic culture. As they taught their laconic male counterparts (most notably those appealing but tongue-tied American icons, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart) the power and pleasures of speech, they also reimagined the relationship between the sexes. In such films as Bringing Up Baby, The Awful Truth, and The Lady Eve, the fast-talking dame captivated moviegoers of her time. For audiences today, DiBattista observes, the sassy heroine still has much to say."--
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1947-
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DiBattista, Maria
Dewey number
791.43/652042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.W6
LC item number
D53 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Women in motion pictures
  • Women
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Women
  • United States
Label
Fast-talking dames, Maria DiBattista
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-357) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fast-talking dames -- Female Pygmalions -- Blonde bombshells : Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers -- My favorite brunettes : Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert -- Missing links : Bringing up baby -- The lady-dame : Irene Dunne and The awful truth -- Garbo's laugh -- Female rampant : His girl friday -- The Lady Eve and the female con -- Conclusion : blonds born yesterday
Control code
567997919
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 365 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300133882
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt113b0c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)567997919
Label
Fast-talking dames, Maria DiBattista
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-357) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fast-talking dames -- Female Pygmalions -- Blonde bombshells : Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Ginger Rogers -- My favorite brunettes : Myrna Loy, Jean Arthur, and Claudette Colbert -- Missing links : Bringing up baby -- The lady-dame : Irene Dunne and The awful truth -- Garbo's laugh -- Female rampant : His girl friday -- The Lady Eve and the female con -- Conclusion : blonds born yesterday
Control code
567997919
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 365 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300133882
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt113b0c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)567997919

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