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Ladies or Gentlemen : A Pictorial History of Male Cross-Dressing in the Movies - Jean-Louis Ginibre

Ladies or Gentlemen

A Pictorial History of Male Cross-Dressing in the Movies

By: Jean-Louis Ginibre, Barbara Cady (Editor), John Lithgow (Foreword by)

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From Greek drama through vaudeville and modern cinema, nothing in the theatrical experience has ever guaranteed a laugh like a man in a dress. This spectacular pictorial history examines the grand tradition of male cross-dressing in the movies through more than 700 photos, more than half of which are previously unpublished.

The screen's greatest stars, from comedians like Buster Keaton and Peter Sellers to "serious" actors like Marlon Brando and Max von Sydow, are pictured in everything from bustiers to ball gowns. Just as in real life, the cinematic motives for cross-dressing are complex, ranging from plot device and social commentary (Tootsie) to the simple sight gags of Laurel and Hardy.

The book explores these and myriad other reasons actors are coaxed out of dress suits and into dresses. By turns provocative, serious, and silly, Ladies or Gentlemen is a delightful study of a seldom-explored facet of cinema history.

Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 8
Seven Drag Classics: Comedies That Pushed Cross-Dressing Into the Mainstreamp. 10
Charley's Auntp. 11
Some Like It Hotp. 18
Other well-orchestrated farcesp. 21
Victor and Victoriap. 22
The Carry On Seriesp. 26
The Rocky Horror Picture Showp. 32
Tootsiep. 34
La cage aux folles and The Birdcagep. 36
Seven Masters of Disguise: Female Impersonators Go to the Moviesp. 42
Julian Eltingep. 43
Arthur Lucan (aka Old Mother Riley)p. 46
Akihiro Maruyamap. 50
Danny LaRuep. 52
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage)p. 54
Divinep. 58
Charles Bushp. 62
When Drag was Queen: the Slapstick Stars of the Silent Screenp. 64
Mack Sennett & his "laugh factory"p. 65
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbucklep. 72
Wallace Beery (aka Sweedie)p. 76
Charlie & Syd Chaplinp. 77
Ben Turpinp. 81
Before the big Mack attackp. 83
More silent stars in dragp. 84
Send in the Clowns: High-Jinx in High Heelsp. 88
Bud Abbott & Lou Costellop. 89
Joe E. Brownp. 92
Fernandelp. 96
Louis de Funesp. 100
Bob Hopep. 104
Buster Keatonp. 110
Harry Langdonp. 114
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardyp. 118
Jerry Lewisp. 124
Harold Lloydp. 128
Monty Pythonp. 132
The Ritz Brothersp. 136
Red Skeltonp. 142
Totop. 146
Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolseyp. 150
Skirts in Shorts: the Kings of American Short Films Flirt with Frou-Froup. 154
Charley Chasep. 155
The Three Stoogesp. 158
More kings of shortsp. 164
The Show Must go on: ...and So Must Tutus and Tap Shoesp. 168
The Top Banana Bunch: Carmen Miranda and her Tutti-Frutti Mimicsp. 178
Privates on Parade: Kiss the Boys in the Armed Forces Hello!p. 186
Bugle Call Drag: As you Wear! Gender Goes on Furloughp. 194
The Gang that Couldn't Dress Straight: When Scoundrels, Spies and Killers use Female Guise to Gain the Upper Handp. 206
Psychopaths in Silk Stockings: Cross-Dressing Shrinks? Analyze this!p. 222
Babes Behind Bars: Beautiful Belles in the Big Housep. 236
Sleuths in Slips: Crime Fighters as Femmes Fatalesp. 244
Sirens of the Sagebrush: Back in the Sidesaddle Againp. 258
Boys Just Want to Have Fun: from the Little Rascals to La Vie en Rosep. 270
The Little Rascalsp. 271
Mickey Rooney (as Mickey McGuire)p. 276
More boys having more (or lless) funp. 277
Teenage Tricks & Frathouse Foolery: from the Bowery Boys' Streets to College Dormsp. 282
The Bowery Boysp. 283
More tricks, more fooleryp. 286
Nuns on the Run: Oh, Brother! It's a Sister!p. 292
Role Reversals: When the Best Woman for the Part is a Manp. 300
The Great Pretenders: Identity thieves & Daring Impersonatorsp. 310
Hide & Chic: Lovelies on the Lamp. 326
Hello Dollies!: Mascaraed Mam'zelles Strut their Stuffp. 350
Cross-Dressing Lifestyles: It's a Mad Mad Mad World!p. 362
Snip & Tuck: Gender Reassignment Surgery: Pre-Op Boys & Post-Op Girlsp. 384
Near Misses: Clothes Encounters of the Closet Kindp. 392
Index & Creditsp. 400
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ISBN: 9781933231044
ISBN-10: 1933231041
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st November 2005
Dimensions (cm): 31.191 x 25.451  x 3.251
Weight (kg): 2.368