Hollywood in Crisis: Cinema and American Society, 1929-1939

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 258 pages
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The Stock Market Crash of October 1929 threw American society into complete turmoil. As millions of Americans became unemployed and the standard of living plummeted, a turn onto the road to recovery required a concerted effort of government and private industry resources. Hollywood in Crisis is a detailed study of the American film industry in the 1930s. Specifically, Colin Schindler looks at Hollywood as an agent of Roosevelts New Deal. From escapist musicals to gangster movies and Westerns, even to the radical films of the Warner studios, Schindler illustrates how the studios helped foster feelings of unity and patriotism. Drawing from studio archives and interviews with such prominent figures as Henry Fonda, Frank Capra, and even the leader of the Hollywood Communist Party John Howard Lawson, Schindlers study redefines the way in which this segment of Hollywoods Golden years will be viewed.
 

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Contents

OCTOBER 1929
11
MARCH 1933
32
THE SWIMMING POOL REDS
52
FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN
73
THE HAYS OFFICE
96
THE LEFTHANDED ENDEAVOUR
117
CRY OF THE CITY
141
GOOD CITIZENSHIP AND GOOD PICTURE
157
A MICROHISTORY
174
FOREIGN AFFAIRS
195
HOLLYWOOD AND THE NATION
212
Notes
229
Bibliography
246
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Colin Shindler is Emeritus Professor and Pears Senior Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is also founding chairman of the European Association of Israel Studies.

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