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And the main purveyor of inappropriateness in this potboiler isn’t an adult film star, amazingly, but the president of the United States.
The problem with Oscar Wilde's 1895 potboiler An Ideal Husband is precisely the thing for which its author is routinely praised: its flood of exquisite witticisms.
Perhaps the Met carefully planned this deep dive into verismo, that blood-and-guts, heart-on-sleeve, homicidally inclined genre of Italian potboiler that flourished around the turn of the 20th century.
The first season was very much a courtroom potboiler.
Yes, the theatrical cognoscenti can pick at its overblown theatrics, its potboiler romance and Gothic suspense, and its faux-operatic pretensions.
Hollywood’s fascination with posh potboilers stretches back to the mid-20th century, when Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca won an Academy Award.
Their conflict centered on the perennials of business potboilers, namely power and money.
The story of Garfield’s death is something of a potboiler.
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Did You Know?
Potboiler draws its meaning from what was once the heartbeat of the home, the hearth and its boiling pot. In the days before modern conveniences, it was essential to maintain a fire within a home's hearth for warmth and domestic activities. In order "to make the pot boil" or "to keep the pot boiling" for cooking, one needed fuel, and to acquire fuel one typically needed an income. When artistic and literary works, especially inferior ones, became the means of keeping the pot boiling in some homes during the 19th century, it didn't take long for the literati to criticize such works as insignificant potboilers.
POTBOILER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of potboiler for English Language Learners
: a book, movie, etc., that is made in usually a cheap way in order to make money rather than for artistic reasons
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