A Blake Block
I just read A Splurch In The Kisser: The Movies Of Blake Edwards by Sam Wasson, who previously wrote a pretty good biography of Bob Fosse. This is less biography than a series of essays on Edwards' films. A "splurch in the kisser" is literally a pie in the face, but Wasson uses it as a metaphor for taking stuffy people, and society in general, down a peg or two--as part of Edwards' style mixing social comment with slapstick.
But if you're not looking for Olympian heights, Edwards has a more than respectable filmography. Born in 1922, Edwards began as an actor, but soon got into writing and then directing and producing. He served an apprenticeship in TV and minor movies, and by the end of the 1950s had a major hit--Operation Petticoat, starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.
But the next ten years were nothing but films--some quite expensive--that didn't turn a profit, though some have cult followings, such as The Great Race, What Did You Do In The Way, Daddy?, The Party and Darling Lili.
Edwards, with newfound power and prestige, did three films next that combined his sort of slapstick with his sort of characters, and made, arguably, the most Edwardsian films of all--10, S.O.B., and Victor Victoria.
The rest of his films were mostly comedies that didn't get much attention, though Skin Deep (1989) has some moments of interest.
It's hard to make the case that Blake Edwards is in the same league as the comedy forebears he so admired. But he had a specific, recognizable style, and he did have something to say. He certainly did enough work of interest that he at least deserves a book summing up his output. Like this one.