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The Resource Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry, Mel Watkins

Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry, Mel Watkins

Label
Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry
Title
Stepin Fetchit
Title remainder
the life and times of Lincoln Perry
Statement of responsibility
Mel Watkins
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The first African American movie star, Lincoln Perry, a.k.a. Stepin Fetchit, is an iconic figure in the history of American popular culture. In the late 1920s and '30s he was both renowned and revile d for his surrealistic portrayals of the era's mo st popular comic stereotype--the lazy, shiftless N egro. After his breakthrough role in the 1929 film Hearts in Dixie, Perry was hailed as "the best a ctor that the talking pictures have produced" by the critic Robert Benchley. Having run away from his Key West home in his early teens, Perry found success as a vaude- villian before making his way to California. The tall, lanky actor became the first millionaire black movie star when he appeared in a string of hit movies as the whiny, ever-perplexed, slow-talking comic sidekick. Perry was the highest paid and most popular black comedian in America during Hollywood's Golden Age, but his ongoin g battles with movie executives, his rowdy offscreen behavior, and his extravagant spending kept him in gossip-column headlines
  • Perry's spendthrift ways and exorbitant lifestyle hastened his decline and, in 1947, having squandered or given away his fortune, he was forced to declare bankruptcy. In 1964 Perry was discovered in the charity ward of Chicago's Cook County Hospital; he later turned up in Muhammad Ali's entourage. In 1972 he unsuccessfully sued CBS for defamation because of a television program that ridiculed the type of characters he had portrayed. But his achievements were eventually acknowledged: in 1976 the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP gave him its Special Image Award for having opened the door for many a succeeding African American film star, and in 1978 he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. In Stepin Fetchit, Mel Watkins has given us the first definitive, full-scale biography of an entertainment legend
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
185586
Cataloging source
DLC
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1940-
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Watkins, Mel
Dewey number
  • 791.4302/8/092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Fetchit, Stepin
  • African American motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
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the life and times of Lincoln Perry
Label
Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry, Mel Watkins
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780375423826
Lccn
2005043183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm58043116
  • OCoLC
Label
Stepin Fetchit : the life and times of Lincoln Perry, Mel Watkins
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780375423826
Lccn
2005043183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm58043116
  • OCoLC

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