Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series

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McFarland, Nov 15, 2000 - Performing Arts - 237 pages
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The first editon was called "the most valuable film reference in several years" by Library Journal. The new edition published in hardcover in 2001 includes more than 670 entries. The current work is a paperback reprint of that edition. Each entry contains a mini-essay that defines the topic, followed by a chronological list of representative films. From the Abominable Snowman to Zorro, this encyclopedia provides film scholars and fans with an easy-to-use reference for researching film themes or tracking down obscure movies on subjects such as suspended animation, viral epidemics, robots, submarines, reincarnation, ventriloquists and the Olympics ("Excellent" said Cult Movies). The volume also contains an extensive list of film characters and series, including B-movie detectives, Western heroes, made-for-television film series, and foreign film heroes and villains.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Abominable Snowman
3
Addresses in Title
4
Airport Series
5
Aldrich Henry
6
Alligators and Crocodiles
7
Androids and Cyborgs
8
Angels
9
Kildare Dr James
115
Kojak Theo
116
Labor Unions and Strikes
117
Lemon Popsicle Series
118
Levinsons Baltimore Series
119
Lions and Tigers
120
The Lone Rider
121
Long Running Times
122

Anthologies
11
Apes and Monkeys
12
Assumed Identity
13
Asteroids Meteors and Comets
14
Ator
15
Autobiographical Films
16
Babies
17
Back to the Future Series
18
Balloons Hot Air
19
The Barrytown Trilogy
20
Basketball
21
Bats
22
Bears
23
Belvedere Mr Lynn
24
Beverly Hills Cop Series
25
Billy Jack
26
Black Cobra Series
27
The Blind Dead
28
Bloodfist Series
29
Body Chemistry Series
30
Boggy Creek Series
31
Bond Villains
32
Bowling
33
Boy Scouts
34
Brainwashing
35
Buses
36
La Cage aux Folles Series
37
Cannon Movie Tales
38
Carry On Series
39
Cartoonists
40
Cats
41
Centerfolds
42
Chauffeurs
43
Chess
44
Children of the Corn Series
45
Christian Dr Paul
46
Cinerama
47
Cisco Kid
48
Clocks and Watches
49
The Cohens and the Kellys
50
Coma
51
Compilation Films Fictional
52
Composers Popular
53
Concert Movies
54
CourtsMartial
55
Critters Series
56
Cyclops
57
Darkman
58
Death Incarnate
59
Dentists
60
Dinosaurs
61
The Dirty Dozen
62
District Attorney Mr
63
Doinel Antoine
64
Dolphins
65
Dragons
66
Drew Nancy
67
Dupree Paula The Ape Woman
68
Earths Core
69
Emmanuelle
70
Ernest
71
End of the WorldPostApocalypse
72
Faith Healers
73
Family of Cops Series
74
Fassbinders Women Trilogy
75
Film Star Biographies
76
Fish
77
Floods
78
Fords Cavalry Trilogy
79
Four Daughters Series
80
Free Willy Series
81
Friday the 13th Series
82
Fu Manchu
83
Game Shows
84
Genies
85
Ghoulies Series
86
Giants
87
Gilligans Island Series
88
The Godfather Trilogy
89
Golf
90
Gunsmoke Series
91
Hammer Mike
92
Having Babies Series
93
Helicopters
94
Helm Matt
95
Hickok Wild Bill Series
96
Hitchhiking
97
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Series
98
Hood Robin
99
Horses
100
Hotels
101
House Series
102
Hunchbacks
103
Hypnotists
104
Ice Skating
105
In Search of Series
106
Inner Sanctum Series
107
InvasionsTakeovers of the US
108
Islands
109
Janek Frank
110
Jesus
111
Jiggs and Maggie
112
Josser Jimmy
113
The Karate Kid
114
Long Titles
123
Lookalikes
124
Lumberjacks
125
Mabuse Dr
126
Mad Max
127
Mail Order Brides
128
Major League Series
129
The Man with No Name
130
Marriage Brokers and Dating Services
131
MatadorsBullfights
132
Matchmakers see Marriage BrokersDating Services
133
Mice see Rodents
134
Missing in Action Series
135
Monks
136
Mountain Climbing
137
Movie Theaters
138
Movies Without Dialogue
139
Multiple Roles
140
The Muppets
141
National Lampoons Vacation Series
142
Night Eyes Series
143
Nine and OneHalf Weeks Series
144
Nostradamus
145
Octopuses and Squids
146
The Omen Series
147
Outlaws RealLife Western
148
Painters
149
Parallel Worlds
150
Penitentiary Series
151
Peyton Place Series
152
Pianists
153
PinballVideo Games
154
Planet of the Apes Series
155
Plastic Surgery
156
Police Story Series
157
Pops and Cardinals
158
Prequels
159
Presley Elvis
160
Prisons
161
Problem Child Series
162
Psycho Series
163
Puppets
164
Rabbits
165
The Range Busters
166
Remakes of Foreign Flims
167
Restaurants
168
Revenge of the Nerds Series
169
Robin Hood see Hood Robin
170
Rocky
171
Rodeos
172
Roller SkatingSkateboards
173
Rusty
174
The Saint
175
Sanders Commissioner Harry
176
Sarah Plain and Tall Series
177
Scream Series
178
Secret Games Series
179
Sewers
180
Shadowchaser Series
181
Shoes
182
Sinbad the Sailor
183
Skydiving
184
Slumber Party Massacre Series
185
SnakeEater Series
186
Sometimes They Come Back Series
187
Stairs
188
Star Wars Series
189
The Stepford Wives
190
Stunt People
191
Subspecies Series
192
Summer Camps
193
Surfing
194
Swamps
195
Talking Animals
196
Tattoos
197
Teen Apocalypse Trilogy
198
Telephones
199
TelevisionExpanded Films
200
Television Series Reunion Films
201
Tennis
202
The Texas Rangers
203
Theatrical Films Based on Video Games
204
3D
205
The Three Musketeers
206
Tibbs Virgil
207
TNT Bible Stores
208
Tornadoes see Hurricanes and Tornadoes
209
Trancers Series
210
Truck Drivers
211
Turtles
212
Unicorns
213
Vance Philo
214
Ventriloquists
215
Vietnam
216
Violinists
217
Walking Tall Series
218
Welby Marcus
219
Whales
220
Windmills
221
Withers Hildegarde
222
The Wolf Man
223
Year in Title
224
Zorro
225
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About the author (2000)

Richard B. Armstrong, in addition to his reference book work, has written for such periodicals as Film Quarterly and Filmfax. Mary Willems Armstrong has shown films, reviewed films, and written about film reference books in magazines such as Film Quarterly and Filmfax.

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