Mantan the Funnyman: The Life and Times of Mantan Moreland

Mantan the Funnyman: The Life and Times of Mantan Moreland

by Michael h Price


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Mantan Moreland would become Louisiana s richest gift to the funnyman traditions of Old Hollywood. He would happily wield his charm and charisma as second banana in a slew of films of the 1930s and 40s. Moreland found his place in the spotlight, if not quite the sun, during the waxed-and-waning years of the Great God A mighty Depression as These United States lurched back toward prosperity via warfare. Thus situated, Moreland stood his ground for more than a decade before he found himself maneuvered toward a lower station in an upheaval of Cultural Correction. Mantan Moreland was one of Old Hollywood s most energetic comedians all due respect to the enshrined houses of Marx, Fields, Keaton and Chaplin. And Moreland s story, related in the most direct terms short of his own account, shows him to have been the most resilient, defiant and resurgent of that lot, as well. That is, within the limits imposed by the spirit of the times, a forgetful mass audience, and the disloyal marketplace itself. Hopefully Mantan the Funnyman will help Mantan Moreland find his well-deserved place in the sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781887664707
Publisher: Midnight Marquee Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

8 Preface by Gregory Kane

10 Introduction by Josh Alan Friedman

13 Preamble: Love Will Abide—Take Things in Stride

16 Prelude: In Search of Historic Mantan

23 Chapter 1: Don’t Let ’Em See You Sweat

24 Chapter 2: Can’t Keep from Cryin’, Sometimes

28 Chapter 3: Stifle That Grin, or Else What?

32 Chapter 4: Move Over, Boys—I’m One of the Gang, Now

35 Chapter 5: Multiculturalism before There Was a Word for It

38 Chapter 6: In Which a Crucial Connection Gets Made

41 Chapter 7: Beating the Blues, Eight- and/ or Four-to-the-Bar

46 Chapter 8: So Who’s Bamboozling Whom, and to What Purpose?

52 Chapter 9: An Intolerance of Tolerance

54 Chapter 10: Work Is Work, and the More, the Better

56 Chapter 11: A Collision Between Good Fortune and Bad

59 Chapter 12: Everything To Gain and Nothing To Lose

62 Chapter 13: A Mantan for All Seasons, So Long as the Seasons Keep Coming

77 Chapter 14: Like Father, like Daughter

90 Chapter 15: Down at Duffy’s Tavern— Puerto Rican Branch

103 Chapter 16: Moe on Moreland— and Hoodooing the Hoodoo Man

114 Chapter 17: Indefinite, Most Definitely

135 Chapter 18: Mingled, if Not Mangled, Ancestry

148 Mantan and Chan

163 Appendix: Mantan Moreland:A Representative Stage- and-Screenography

260 Recommended Video Sources—and a Bit of Context

263 Acknowledgments

265 Index

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