July 31, 1978 12:00 PM

by Leonard Maltin

Maltin is a professor of film who, in these pages, solemnly dissects the art and craft of 22 major movie comedians from Charlie Chaplin to Jerry Lewis. The style is textbooky and chilly, with the comics ending up as bloodless as laboratory frogs. The serious cineast may be intrigued, perhaps, but it’s no fun for the popcorn muncher in the balcony. (Crown, $12.95)

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