P.G. Wodehouse and Hollywood: Screenwriting, Satires and Adaptations

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McFarland, Jan 24, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
Beloved British humorist P.G. Wodehouse produced a wealth of literature in his lengthy career, contributing novels, short stories, plays, lyrics and essays to the canon of comic writing. His work in film and television included two stints as a screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1930s, and his stories have been the basis for more than 150 film and television productions. He also wrote 20 stories and essays about Hollywood, satirizing the city and its entertainment magnates. This book studies P.G. Wodehouse’s extensive, but often overlooked relationship with Tinsel Town. The book is arranged chronologically, covering Wodehouse’s Hollywood career from his early efforts in silent film, to his later contributions in television, to his work adapted posthumously for the screen. Radio is covered as well, including a discussion of his internment in occupied France and his brief appearances on German radio. Reflecting Wodehouse’s international appeal, the book covers Wodehouse films and television in England, Germany, Sweden, and India. Also included are a comprehensive, detailed list of Wodehouse’s stories and articles about Hollywood, and a complete filmography of motion picture and television works to which he contributed or which were based on his stories.
 

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Contents

I The Silents
7
II Screenwriter
24
III Satires
46
IV British and Hollywood Adaptations
63
V Screenwriter Once More
83
VI War and Aftermath
98
VII Television
108
VIII Last Words
118
IX Posthumous Adaptations
127
Conclusion
145
Appendix 1 Wodehouses Stories and Articles About Hollywood
147
Appendix 2 Motion Picture and Television Filmography
149
Notes
201
Bibliography
209
Index
211
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Brian Taves is the author of six books and more than 60 articles on popular culture and media. A film archivist for the Library of Congress, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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