Stepin Fetchit: The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry
In the late 1920s and '30s Lincoln Perry, aka Stepin Fetchit, was both renowned and reviled for his surrealistic portrayals of the era’s most popular comic stereotype–the lazy, shiftless Negro. Perry was hailed by critic Robert Benchley as “the best actor that the talking movies have produced,” and Mel Watkins’s meticulously researched and sensitive biography reveals the paradoxes of this pioneering actor’s life, from Perry’s tremendous popularity to his money troubles and rowdy offscreen antics. As later generations come to recognize Perry’s prodigious talent and achievements, in Stepin Fetchit, Mel Watkins brilliantly and definitively illuminates the life and times of a legendary figure in American entertainment.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EricCostello - www.librarything.com
A deeply sympathetic biography of the cinema and stage figure whose persona of "Stepin' Fetchit" has proven controversial and divisive over many decades; as the author quite rightly points out, the ... Read full review
Stepin Fetchit: the life and times of Lincoln PerryUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Stepin Fetchit (n Lincoln Perry in 1902) was arguably our first black movie star, with credits in films like Judge Priest . Rising from the obscurity of carnivals and sideshows, he perfected his comic ... Read full review