Rob King

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A portion of this paper derives from an earlier essay of mine on 1930s comedy, “‘Sound Came along and Out Went the Pies’: The American Slapstick Short and the Coming of Sound,” in A Companion to Film Comedy, edited by Andrew Horton and Joanna E. Rapf (Malden, MA: Wiley, 2013), 61–84. Some of the ideas presented here were hatched in conversations about comedy with Nic Sammond during late-night rides on the College streetcar. He didn’t realize what he was prodding me to think about, but I am profoundly grateful for his prodding. My thanks also to the anonymous reviewers and especially to James Cahill, who is a stalwart editor and friend.