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** Arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' for the comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.

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** Arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' Sergeants'', the Mac Hyman novel adapted by Levin for a live TV presentation and later a Broadway play (and a film, which Levin didn't write) established Will Stockdale (played by [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith]] in all three versions) as the definitive comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.SouthernFriedPrivate (and the ''Griffith''-spinoff ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC'' centered around a Stockdale {{Expy}}).


* TropeCodifier: Arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' for the comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.

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Arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' for the comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.SouthernFriedPrivate.
** YouClonedHitler in ''The Boys from Brazil.''
** StepfordSmiler in ''Literature/TheStepfordWives''


While he worked in a number of genres in his career (his output even includes a Broadway musical), he is most associated with the {{Thriller}}. In particular, he excelled at stories that placed outlandish premises into realistic settings, with plenty of suspense but also heavy doses of satire and BlackComedy. He's been praised by the likes of Creator/StephenKing and Creator/ChuckPalahniuk for his mastery of plotting and pacing.

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While he worked in a number of genres in his career (his output even includes a Broadway musical), he is most associated with the {{Thriller}}. In particular, he excelled at stories that placed outlandish premises into realistic settings, with plenty of suspense but also heavy doses of satire {{Satire}} and BlackComedy. He's been praised by the likes of Creator/StephenKing and Creator/ChuckPalahniuk for his mastery of plotting and pacing.


Ira Levin (1929-2007) was an American novelist and dramatist.

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Ira Marvin Levin (1929-2007) (August 27, 1929 November 12, 2007) was an American novelist and dramatist.






* YouHaveToHaveJews: Levin, himself a non-practicing agnostic Jew, generally slips a Jewish character into most of his work; perhaps as a dark joke, the Jewish character's usually doomed. (This is notably subverted in ''The Boys From Brazil''.)

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* YouHaveToHaveJews: Levin, himself a non-practicing agnostic Jew, generally slips a Jewish character into most of his work; perhaps as a dark joke, the Jewish character's usually doomed. (This is notably subverted in ''The Boys From from Brazil''.)

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* ChekhovsArmoury: Probably one of the finer examples of this trope, he's famous for salting his books with ''loads'' of foreshadowing clues, many of which fly under the radar until the second (or third!) reading.


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* YouHaveToHaveJews: Levin, himself a non-practicing agnostic Jew, generally slips a Jewish character into most of his work; perhaps as a dark joke, the Jewish character's usually doomed. (This is notably subverted in ''The Boys From Brazil''.)



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* ChekhovsGun: Levin's work tends to abound in multiple Chekhov's Guns. His skill is in introducing these important plot elements so subtly and naturally that they're only recognizable as such after a second (or third) reading.



* TwistEnding: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even ''more'' shocking than what the audience was anticipating (assuming they didn't [[ItWasHisSled already know what it would be]]).


* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Levin's twist endings are so iconic that these days it's hard to find someone who doesn't automatically know that [[spoiler:Rosemary gives birth to Satan's baby and Stepford is full of servile robot wives]], even if they've never read/seen the books/films.



* {{Dystopia}}: ''This Perfect Day''.
* ReligiousHorror: ''Rosemary's Baby'' and ''Son of Rosemary''.
* TropeCodifier: ''Rosemary's Baby'' for ReligiousHorror, ''The Boys From Brazil'' for YouClonedHitler, and arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' for the comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.
* TropeNamer: StepfordSuburbia, StepfordSmiler and StepfordSnarker, by extension from ''The Stepford Wives''.

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* {{Dystopia}}: ''This Perfect Day''.
* ReligiousHorror: ''Rosemary's Baby'' and ''Son of Rosemary''.
* TropeCodifier: ''Rosemary's Baby'' for ReligiousHorror, ''The Boys From Brazil'' for YouClonedHitler, and arguably Arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' for the comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.
* TropeNamer: StepfordSuburbia, StepfordSmiler and StepfordSnarker, by extension from ''The Stepford Wives''.
SouthernFriedPrivate.

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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Levin's twist endings are so iconic that these days it's hard to find someone who doesn't automatically know that [[spoiler:Rosemary gives birth to Satan's baby and Stepford is full of servile robot wives]], even if they've never read/seen the books/films.


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* ChekhovsGun: Levin's work tends to abound in multiple Chekhov's Guns. His skill is in introducing these important plot elements so subtly and naturally that they're only recognizable as such after a second (or third) reading.


* ''Literature/RosemarysBaby'' (1967 novel, 1968 film , 2014 miniseries)

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* ''Literature/RosemarysBaby'' (1967 novel, 1968 film , film, 2014 miniseries)


While he worked in a number of genres in his career, he is most associated with the {{Thriller}}. In particular, he excelled at stories that placed outlandish premises into realistic settings, with plenty of suspense but also heavy doses of satire and BlackComedy. He's been praised by the likes of Creator/StephenKing and Creator/ChuckPalahniuk for his mastery of plotting and pacing.

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While he worked in a number of genres in his career, career (his output even includes a Broadway musical), he is most associated with the {{Thriller}}. In particular, he excelled at stories that placed outlandish premises into realistic settings, with plenty of suspense but also heavy doses of satire and BlackComedy. He's been praised by the likes of Creator/StephenKing and Creator/ChuckPalahniuk for his mastery of plotting and pacing.



* TwistEnding: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even ''more'' shocking than what the audience was anticipating (assuming they didn't [[ItWasHisSled already know what it would be]]).

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* TwistEnding: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even ''more'' shocking than what the audience was anticipating (assuming they didn't [[ItWasHisSled already know what it would be]]).be]]).
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* CerebusSyndrome: Except for the [[FilmNoir Noir-ish]] novel ''A Kiss Before Dying'', his earliest successes were Broadway comedies. After ''Rosemary's Baby'' he switched to [[{{Thriller}} Thrillers]] with some BlackComedy elements.


* TwistEnding: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even ''more'' shocking than what the audience suspected it might be.

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* TwistEnding: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even ''more'' shocking than what the audience suspected was anticipating (assuming they didn't [[ItWasHisSled already know what it might be.would be]]).


* TropeNamer: StepfordSuburbia, StepfordSmiler and StepfordSnarker, by extension from ''The Stepford Wives''.

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* TropeNamer: StepfordSuburbia, StepfordSmiler and StepfordSnarker, by extension from ''The Stepford Wives''.Wives''.
* TwistEnding: He loved this, but it often ended up that the twist is even ''more'' shocking than what the audience suspected it might be.

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* TropeCodifier: ''Rosemary's Baby'' for ReligiousHorror, ''The Boys From Brazil'' for YouClonedHitler, and arguably ''No Time for Sergeants'' for the comedic version of SouthernFriedPrivate.

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