scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 4,178
By the mid 1950s comedy virtually disappeared from the lists of top-ten moneymaking films In 1959 it came back and has remained a steady part of Americas film diet ever since The genre returned with two hit films which typify the extremes in audience tastes The Shaggy Dog and Some Like It Hot Although now rarely revived and barely remembered the Walt Disney Companys live-action comedies were among the biggest box-office hits up until the late 70s Blending broad humor with fantasy and aiming at an audience of youngsters the studio made stars of Fred MacMurray The Shaggy Dog 1959 The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 Son Of Flubber 1963 Tommy Kirk The Misadventures Of Merlin Jones 1964 The Monkeys Uncle 1965 Dean Jones That Darn Cat 1965 The Ugly Dachshund 1966 The 1000000 Dollar Duck 1971 and a Volkswagen The Love Bug 1969 Herbie Rides Again 1974 Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo 1977 Other popular vanilla entertainment of the time included Doris Days romantic comedies opposite Rock Hudson Pillow Talk 1959 Lover Come Back 1962 Cary Grant That Touch Of Mink 1962 and James Garner The Thrill Of It All 1963 Move Over Darling 1963 In the face of such blandness and unreality the films of Billy Wilder seem all the more inspired Writing with IAL Diamond heightened Wilders genius for plot construction and verbal repartee and brought a new sharpness to the satire Their second film was perhaps Wilders funniest the classic Some Like It Hot 1959 in which Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon hide from mobsters by disguising themselves as women Lemmon then co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment 1960 a powerful comedydrama that looked at the loss of personal and professional ethics in corporate America Wilder hilariously satirized AmericanSoviet relations in One Two Three 1961 with James Cagney and followed with Irma La Douce 1963 about a French prostitute and her inept pimp which reteamed MacLaine and Lemmon for Wilders biggest box-office
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA