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  Screwball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A screwball is a baseball pitch that is thrown so as to break in the opposite direction of a curveball.
Thrown by a left-handed pitcher, a screwball breaks from right to left, moving in on a left-handed batter and away from a right-handed batter.
The screwball has become increasingly rare because it involves an awkward arm motion that is both difficult to master and demanding on the arm, requiring as the ball is released a violent snap of the wrist while the hand is rotated as if turning a doorknob counter-clockwise.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Screwball   (337 words)

  
 Screwball comedy film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most acknowledge that the screwball comedy had stragglers through the late 1940s and 1950s, but the onset of World War II and the end of the Great Depression undermined some of the themes so necessary to the genre.
This stylistic device did not originate in the screwballs (although it may be argued to have reached its zenith in screwball comedy), but can be found in many of the old Hollywood Cycles including the gangster film, journalism, romantic comedies, and others.
Modern updates on screwball comedy may also sometimes be categorized as fl comedy (Intolerable Cruelty, which also features a twist on the classic screwball element of divorce and re-marriage).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Screwball_comedy_film   (791 words)

  
 Screwball History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
The fourth important screwball comedy of 1934 was The Gay Divorcee, a sort of musical screwball.
Screwball was a reaction to the repression of the Code.
The screwball family was no longer relevant as men and women went off to war and women worked in munitions plants and factories.
freespace.virgin.net /d.moore1/Donna2/Screwball_History.htm   (1519 words)

  
 Screwball Comedy: Description   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
The film critic James Agee described the essence of Laurel and Hardy’s comedy as the scene in which the two are moving a piano across a narrow suspension bridge in the Alps, and halfway across they meet a gorilla.
Screwball, (Screw-ball [skrue’bôl] Noun, Slang, meaning unbalanced, erratic, irrational, unconventional), became a popular slang word in the 1930s.
Although screwball characters move in an elegant world, where even a simple bathroom appears to be the center of their universe, they may still whack one another over the head, but while The Three Stooges use sledgehammers, screwball characters use silver chafing dishes, and the like—weapons of the upper class.
www.moderntimes.com /screwball/desc.htm   (813 words)

  
 Elizabeth Abele: The Screwball Heroine
Beginning in the 1930s, the subgenre of screwball comedy presented female characters who were active and desiring, without evoking negative characterizations as "unfeminine" or "trampish." Screwball comedies represent a specific form of romantic comedy that features a complicated situation--or more often a series of complications--centered around a strong-willed, unpredictable female.
Screwball comedy offers women less conflicted and more pleasurable spectator positions than those described by Mulvey and De Lauretis, while presenting active female characters who are neither punished, saddened, nor masculinized by their success.
Though her desire for the anti-hero generally becomes evident early on, the anti-hero's awareness of the screwball heroine as the object of his desire is often blocked to almost the end of the film.
www.temple.edu /gradmag/spr00/abele.htm   (4280 words)

  
 GreenCine | Screwball Comedy
As such, the development of the madcap lovers of screwball comedy can be seen as compensation, asserting some form of rebellion against the harsh strictures that insisted even married couples be seen sleeping in separate beds.
Many screwball heroines are not crazy heiresses but women who must work for a living - thus such proletarian stars as Ginger Rogers, often a working class counterpoint to elegant Fred Astaire in their celebrated musicals, many of which could qualify as screwball comedies with dance numbers.
None of these are "screwball" as the term was being contemporaneously defined, but share with screwball romance an interest in adult sexual behavior mixed with a gently mocking melancholy that was peculiarly Lubitsch's own.
www.greencine.com /static/primers/screwball.jsp   (2846 words)

  
 'Screwball': A dark tale of murder and victory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
In David Ferrell's fictional novel "Screwball," the people do kill for it, or rather die for it, as the Boston Red Sox finally end their 85-year championship drought.
But this is not a Stephen King horror tale; "Screwball" is a darkly humorous sports novel that touches on the intricacies of American culture.
"Screwball" is a well-written novel; not very often can a writer successfully establish relationships between the reader and fictional characters.
www.eagletribune.com /news/stories/20030524/LI_003.htm   (869 words)

  
 Screwball Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
The screwball, a pitch perfected by Carl Hubble in 1934, is designed to confuse the batter.
Screwballs are like curveballs, but with a reverse wrist action that gives them a spin.
Screwball comedy as a genre is just as confusing and unexpected as its namesake.
xroads.virginia.edu /~UG03/comedy/sbhome.html   (317 words)

  
 Screwball Award - Indiana University Department of Geological Sciences
This award is given in recognition of the need to acknowledge the Geological Sciences faculty member who has especially distinguished him or herself during the previous year through actions or deeds which are so clearly symbolized by the motif of this trophy.
The Screwball Award originated in 1964, by Don Kissling (PhD '67) in recognition of the eccentric ways of his advisor, Don Hattin.
The Screwball Award was resurrected last year after a three-year hiatus that sent this department into a state of confusion and despair.
www.indiana.edu /~geosci/dept/awards/sball.php   (368 words)

  
 Foul Play (washingtonpost.com)
The hero of Screwball is often compared to the Babe, even though he is saddled with the least evocative name ever given to an imaginary baseball star: Ron Kane.
Screwball is a baseball novel roughly to the extent that "Friday the 13th" is a hockey movie.
The buddies are a phenom and a cub reporter, though the story is sunk deep inside the consciousness of the cub, Russell Bryant.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A59360-2003May15¬Found=true   (592 words)

  
 Steve Walters' Screwball Press
Since 1991, Steve Walters (under the moniker Screwball Press) has been printing posters, CD packaging, and a variety of other collectible items for Chicago's indie rock community.
Around 2000, Steve looked back on ten years of work and reailzed that working with these people was the single most satisfying aspect of Screwball Press.
So he began to implement the Screwball Academy based on the extension of the Minutemen's "band in every garage" credo (and I think we can all agree on what a mess THAT'S turned out to be).
www.screwballpress.com /academy   (256 words)

  
 NoirNovels.com - Noir novels, books and literature
David Ferrell’s Screwball takes America’s favorite pastime—baseball—and baseball’s most cursed team, the Boston Red Sox, and gives them the opportunity to make a deal with the devil.
Into the heartbreak that has been the Sox’s lot since they traded Babe Ruth directly after winning the 1928 World Series, fate has dropped Ron Kane, who has the potential to be the greatest pitcher who ever played the game.
Screwball gives the reader a good look at baseball and its inner workings.
www.noirnovels.com /review.php?review=19   (655 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
You can use any of the screwdriver bits by pulling one towards the end of the ball and it snaps into position until your done with it.
The Screwball is designed to hang off a key chain so it's always there for you, and believe me it's always there when I need it, and when you do it just clips off your key ring and it ready for use.
Another good thing about this tool is that it's made of high impact plastic, I have accidentally dropped it several times and no harm seems to come to it.
members.aol.com /dabinvt/screwball.htm   (186 words)

  
 Screwball Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
A brief introduction to screwball comedy including a definition of the word 'screwball' and the appeal of such comedies.
The heyday for screwball comedies was essentially between 1934 and the early 1940s, although there are several good later examples.
There's no definitive list of screwball comedies anywhere, since no-one really agrees on exactly what makes a screwball comedy.
freespace.virgin.net /d.moore1/Donna2/Screwball_Comedy.htm   (227 words)

  
 How to Throw a Screwball - eHow.com
You don't have to be a screwball to throw this pitch, but it may screw up your arm.
The screwball is an advanced pitch that may cause arm damage.
When throwing a screwball, keep the grip the same as as a four-seam fastball, with very little room between your index and middle finger.
www.ehow.com /how_3186_throw-screwball.html   (421 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Screwball Scramble: Toys & Games   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
Determination, agile fingers and an alert mind are required for Screwball Scramble, a cleverly designed tabletop obstacle course made by Tomy for children over five.
The object of the game is to move a small steel ball through eight hurdles as quickly as possible, by hitting, pushing and turning buttons or pulling and twirling levers.
Screwball Scramble can be played competitively or alone and is challenging either way.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005M22M   (776 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Screwball: Books: David Ferrell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
Screwball is not just a savage morality tale; it is a hard-hitting, laugh-out-loud look at the greatest battle in modern-day sports: the struggle for sanity.
SCREWBALL is based on an intriguing situation: The general manager of the Boston Red Sox, suffering from the Curse of the Babe, is confronted by a video showing Ron Kane, his superstar pitcher (who may be the greatest who ever lived) disposing of a decapitated body.
From there the focus moves to the general manager, Neville Wulfmeyer, and the niece of the owner of the BoSox who are being flmailed by the sender of the video.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060087412?v=glance   (2343 words)

  
 Screwball - screwball. Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
How to Throw a ScrewballYou don't have to be a screwball to throw this pitch, but it may screw up your arm.
Screwball marks David Ferrell’s first faltering steps into the fiction arena.
Most commonly thought of as a cycle in As such, the development of the madcap lovers of screwball comedy can be
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 screwball - OneLook Dictionary Search
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screwball : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
Words similar to screwball: crackpot, crank, crazy, fruitcake, half-baked, nut, nutcase, softheaded, flake, more...
www.onelook.com /?w=screwball   (192 words)

  
 Screwball Cabaret
Screwball Cabaret is an infrequent night featuring continuous music from five top-notch live acts on two stages with a guest compere, djs and music of all genres.
Screwball is held at Plug and Play Unit 35, Milford Rd, Reading, Berkshire RG1 8LG - map
"In all, Screwball Cabaret is one of the best nights I've been to in Reading" Linda Serck - BBC Berkshire Review
www.screwballcabaret.co.uk   (129 words)

  
 screwball - Wiktionary
The screwball is not thrown much because it tends to damage pitcher's arms.
one who behaves in a crazy or screwball manner
I will not listen to this screwball any longer.
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/screwball   (96 words)

  
 Sniper Suspect Muhammad a 'Screwball,' Former Army Captain Says   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
Muhammad, 41, and John Lee Malvo, 17, are charged in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington area that left 10 people dead and three injured.
Martin, a salesman for Explicit Marketing who lives in suburban Lincolnshire, said he would give Muhammad a score of three on a scale of 10 in assessing his ability as a soldier.
Martin said Muhammad, who went on active duty in 1985, was a sergeant and had three other soldiers in his command in 1990.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2002/10/31/161142.shtml   (473 words)

  
 Screwball - Screw Ball
The NY Times review of Screwball Academy, a John Blanchard, Reuben Rose film starring Colleen Camp and Kenneth Welsh.
"The best of the screwball comedies are absolute masterpieces," he said during a You can certainly see A Midsummer Night's Dream as a screwball comedy.
A brief introduction to screwball comedy including a definition of the word The heyday for screwball comedies was essentially between 1934 and the early
ixhx.com /?q=screwball   (697 words)

  
 Terrific Toys: Screwball Scramble Game of Skill Activity
From the undulating seesaw trap to the merciless magnetic crane to the treacherous expanding wire roller run, you’ll be shaking in your boots.
If you’ve made it this far, the invisible maze, minefield and circle jump will rack your nerves to their limits.
To drive you even crazier, there’s a wind-up timer that ticks away the seconds, as you concentrate on surviving the Screwball Scramble.
www.terrifictoy.com /store/screwball_scramble.html   (143 words)

  
 Screwball Comedies..... - Movie Message Boards
Although screwball characters move in an elegant world, where even a simple bathroom appears to be the center of their universe, they may still whack one another over the head, but while The Three Stooges use sledgehammers, screwball characters use silver chafing dishes, and the like—weapons of the upper class.
Lucky (1943)”, used the urbane characters of the Screwball genre, augmenting them with a win the war at all costs purpose.
The Philadelphia Story is a 1940 romantic screwball comedy starring James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
www.chasingthefrog.com /forums/showthread.php?t=1348   (1132 words)

  
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 Tex Avery's Screwball Classics
Currently, there are not enough Tomatometer critic reviews for Tex Avery's Screwball Classics to receive a rating.
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A cure for the mutant gene has been found, and but a war now rages among all of mutant kind to determine if "normalcy" is the correct course.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/tex_averys_screwball_classics   (313 words)

  
 'The Ice Harvest': Screwball heist has a killer punch line
Comedy specialist Harold Ramis, the writer of "Ghostbusters" and the director of "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day" (among many others), isn't the first name you think of when it comes to the indomitable genre of lowlife crime cinema I like to call sleazeball noir.
Ramis doesn't have the killer instinct usually associated with such films.
As a result, the tension is played more lossely, making it less a thriller than a morally down-at-the-heels character study, a screwball heist scramble with a double-crossing ensemble and a killer punch line.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /movies/249314_ice23q.html   (584 words)

  
 Screwball Scramble Game Games from Growing Tree Toys
Send a marble on an amazing, challenging obstacle course with the maze game that runs you ragged, Screwball Scramble Game by TOMY.
Formally known as Snafu, this Screwball Scramble Game makes players press buttons and turn dials to navigate a silver marble over treacherous obstacles to reach the treasure safely.
And if the challenge of the course is not enough, Screwball Scramble Game from TOMY features a countdown timer that increases pressure!
www.growingtreetoys.com /product/4428   (134 words)

  
 Screwball MP3 Downloads - Screwball Music Downloads - Screwball Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-19)
Screwball is a foursome of frenetic, energetic, and poetic hardcore rappers from the public housing projects of Queensbridge, NY, and go by the stage names, Poet, Solo, KL, and Hostyle.
Their first release under the guise of Screwball was Set...
If you can see this, your browser does not support flash.
www.mp3.com /screwball/artists/338794/summary.html   (126 words)

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