Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row

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Gary D. Rhodes
Rowman & Littlefield, May 13, 2008 - Performing Arts - 350 pages
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Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row illuminates the work of this under-appreciated film auteur through 21 new essays penned by a range of scholars from around the globe. Ulmer, an immigrant to Hollywood who fell from grace in Tinseltown after only one studio film, became one of the reigning directors of Poverty Row B-movies. Structured in four sections, Part I examines various contexts important to Ulmer's career, such as his work at the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), and his work in exploitation films and ethnic cinema. Part II analyzes Ulmer's film noirs, featuring an emphasis on Detour (1945) and Murder Is My Beat (1955). Part III covers a variety of Ulmer's individual films, ranging from Bluebeard (1944) and Carnegie Hall (1947) to The Man from Planet X (1951) and Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957). Part IV concludes the volume with a case study of The Black Cat (1934), offering three different analyses of Ulmer's landmark horror film.
 

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Contents

Edgar G Ulmer The LowEnd Independent Filmmaker
3
Edgar G Ulmer The Godfather of Sexploitation?
25
At the Border Edgar G Ulmers ForeignLanguage Productions
41
FILM NOIR
59
Dead Fathers and Other Detours Ulmers Noir
61
See Spot The Parametric Film Noirs of Edgar G Ulmer
97
Even the Pictures Lie
117
Edgar G Ulmers HomicidalNoirs
133
The Gateway to America
211
Meeting The Man from Planet X
225
Nothing to Hyde Reading The Daughter of Dr Jekyll
239
Murder Family and Weird Science
251
A Sword and Sandal Gone Screwy or Edgar G Ulmers Journey to the Lost City
263
CASE STUDYTHE BLACK CAT 1934
273
Bauhaus of Horrors Edgar G Ulmer and The Black Cat
275
The Devils Contract The Satisfaction of SelfDestruction in Edgar G Ulmers The Black Cat
289

All Wrong Turns Tracking Subjectivity in Detour
145
Masculinity and Masochism in Detour
165
INDIVIDUAL FILMS
179
Puppets and Paintings
181
Beyond Citizen Kane Ruthless as Radical Psychobiography
195
Tremonstrous Hopes and Oke Results
301
Index
323
About the Contributors
331
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Gary D. Rhodes is a lecturer in film studies at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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