The Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy by Matthew DessemThe Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy by Matthew Dessem

The Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film Comedy

byMatthew Dessem

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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Wonderfully engaging."-The New RepublicA key figure of early cinema, Clyde Bruckman collaborated with film comedy icons like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, but his story has been relegated to a footnote. This book shines light on his life and an important corner of Hollywood history. "Wonderfully engaging."-The New RepublicA key figure of early cinema, Clyde Bruckman collaborated with film comedy icons like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, but his story has been relegated to a footnote. This book shines light on his life and an important corner of Hollywood history. "
Matthew Dessem's writing has appeared in The Dissolve, Slate, GOOD Magazine and elsewhere. He can be found on Twitter @matthewdessem. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
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Title:The Gag Man: Clyde Bruckman and the Birth of Film ComedyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.11 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:The Critical PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941629199

ISBN - 13:9781941629192

Editorial Reviews

"This is much more than the long overdue discovery of Clyde Bruckman and the origins of film comedy. This is a deep insight into the vortex of laughter and death." - Werner Herzog (director of Grizzly Man and Aguirre, The Wrath of God)"Matthew Dessem takes a detour off Sunset Boulevard to recover from the shadows one of Hollywood's forgotten men. In Dessem's masterful telling the quest for Clyde Bruckman proceeds from two-reel farce to too-real tragedy with the fateful logic of a detective story. A marvelous job of research and reporting - I couldn't put it down." - Lem Dobbs (screenwriter of Haywire and The Limey)