A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties

This volume pays homage to these early, often crude melodramas. The authors aim to preserve the memories of these films for their own generation and to introduce these works to a new generation thirsty for entertainment and knowledge.

A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties

Recent crime films such as Scarface, the Dirty Harry series, and The Godfather have captured the American imagination, but they owe a large debt to the early crime talkies such as The Public Enemy, Paul Muni's Scarface, and Little Caesar. More than 1,000 entries are featured in this volume, complete with the names of directors, screen writers, and major players offering a wealth of data supported by plot evaluations. For the serious student of crime films, this work provides a comprehensive treatment of the genre. It is the only one-volume work that includes all crime sub-genres (detective, mystery, cops and robbers, and courtroom dramas) in addition to gangster films. The period between the end of the silent film (1927) and the general acceptance of the sound film (1929) is often referred to as a transition period. The majority of theaters were not wired for sound, so many films were released in both silent and sound versions. Some added only sound effects or music to the sound track, while others offered only brief segments of sound. The early 1930s marked the end of this transition period and firmly established the sound era. This volume pays homage to these early, often crude melodramas. The authors aim to preserve the memories of these films for their own generation and to introduce these works to a new generation thirsty for entertainment and knowledge.

Crime Films

Greenwood , 1994 ) , A Guide to American Crime Films of the Forties and Fifties ( idem , 1995 ) , and A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties ( idem , 1995 ) ( numbers 15 , 19 , and 18 , respectively , in the series ...

Crime Films

This book surveys the entire range of crime films, including important subgenres such as the gangster film, the private eye film, film noir, as well as the victim film, the erotic thriller, and the crime comedy. Focusing on ten films that span the range of the twentieth century, Thomas Leitch traces the transformation of the three leading figures that are common to all crime films: the criminal, the victim and the avenger. Analyzing how each of the subgenres establishes oppositions among its ritual antagonists, he shows how the distinctions among them become blurred throughout the course of the century. This blurring, Leitch maintains, reflects and fosters a deep social ambivalence towards crime and criminals, while the criminal, victim and avenger characters effectively map the shifting relations between subgenres, such as the erotic thriller and the police film, within the larger genre of crime film that informs them all.

The Female Investigator in Literature Film and Popular Culture

Larry Langman and Daniel Finn, A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties, Bibliographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts No. ¡8, Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, ¡995, pp. ¡03, ¡69–¡70, ¡72, ¡77, 20¡, 29¡. Female detective films ...

The Female Investigator in Literature  Film  and Popular Culture

In this book the author examines how women detectives are portrayed in film, in literature and on TV. Chapters examine the portrayal of female investigators in each of these four genres: the Gothic novel, the lesbian detective novel, television and film.

A Guide to American Crime Films of the Forties and Fifties

Among his books are A Guide to Silent Westerns ( Greenwood , 1992 ) . A Guide to American Silent Crime Films ( with Daniel Finn , Greenwood , 1994 ) , and A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties ( with Daniel Finn , Greenwood ...

A Guide to American Crime Films of the Forties and Fifties

The only comprehensive guide to the crime films of these decades. The focus is on the major events that shaped and molded the genre.

United States History

A Multicultural, Interdisciplinary Guide to Information Sources Anna H. Perrault, Ron Blazek ... The work is continued by the authors ' A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties , number 18 in the series and by A Guide to American ...

United States History

This important work has been completely revised and expanded with the addition of online databases, Web sites and CD-ROM titles. It identifies and describes hundreds of reference books that pertain to American history; entries offer thorough annotations that are both descriptive and evaluative. Arranged topically, chapters cover U.S. history in terms of politics and government; diplomatic history and foreign affairs; military history; social, cultural, and intellectual history; regional history; and economic history. Introductory scope notes provide valuable expository information and suggested search strategies in such areas as automation, government documents, and genealogy. Includes works published through 2002.

American Film Cycles

... First Supplement : A Catalogue - Index to Productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company , 1979-1993 Michael Mullin A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties Larry Longman and Daniel Finn An Index to Short and Feature Film ...

American Film Cycles

Examines more than 1,000 silent films in light of contemporary social, political, and national trends during the silent years.

The Cinema Book

Gordon Gow, Suspense in the Cinema, New York, Castle, 1968. Lawrence Hammond, Thriller Movies: Classic Films of Suspense and Mystery, London, Octopus, 1974. Larry Langman and Daniel Finn, A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties, ...

The Cinema Book

The Cinema Book is widely recognised as the ultimate guide to cinema. Authoritative and comprehensive, the third edition has been extensively revised, updated and expanded in response to developments in cinema and cinema studies. Lavishly illustrated in colour, this edition features a wealth of exciting new sections and in-depth case studies. Sections address Hollywood and other World cinema histories, key genres in both fiction and non-fiction film, issues such as stars, technology and authorship, and major theoretical approaches to understanding film.

Hollywood s Detectives

Crime Series in the 1930s and 1940s from the Whodunnit to Hard-boiled Noir F. Mason ... Langman, Larry and Daniel Finn (1995a) A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties, Westport, CT and London: Greenwood.

Hollywood s Detectives

The study of Hollywood detectives has often overlooked the B-Movie mystery series in favour of hard-boiled film. Hollywood's Detectives redresses this oversight by examining key detective series of the 1930s and 1940s to explore their contributions to the detective genre.

Film An International Bibliography

Palmer, R. Barton: Hollywood's Dark Cinema. The American Film Noir. New York/Toronto: Twayne/Maxwell Macmillan Canada 1994. (Twayne's Filmmakers). XI, 206 p. Langman, Larry; Finn, Daniel: A Guide to American Silent Crime Films.

Film     An International Bibliography

Kommentierte Bibliografie. Sie gibt Wissenschaftlern, Studierenden und Journalisten zuverlässig Auskunft über rund 6000 internationale Veröffentlichungen zum Thema Film und Medien. Die vorgestellten Rubriken reichen von Nachschlagewerk über Filmgeschichte bis hin zu Fernsehen, Video, Multimedia.

Detecting Men

A Guide toAmerican Crime Films ofthe Thirties. Biographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts Ser. 18. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. ———. A Guide to American Silent Crime Films. Biographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts Ser.

Detecting Men

Looks at how detective films have reflected and shaped our ideas about masculinity, heroism, law and order, and national identity.

Genre and Hollywood

Langman, L. (1992) A Guide to Silent Westerns, Westport: Greenwood Press. Langman, L. and Finn, D. (1994) A Guide to American Silent Crime Films, Westport: Greenwood Press. ——(1995a) A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties, ...

Genre and Hollywood

Genre and Hollywood provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of genre. In this important new book, Steve Neale discusses all the major concepts, theories and accounts of Hollywood and genre, as well as the key genres which theorists have written about, from horror to the Western. He also puts forward new arguments about the importance of genre in understanding Hollywood cinema. Neale takes issue with much genre criticism and genre theory, which has provided only a partial and misleading account of Hollywood's output. He calls for broader and more flexible conceptions of genre and genres, for more attention to be paid to the discourses and practices of Hollywood itself, for the nature and range of Hollywood's films to be looked at in more detail, and for any assessment of the social and cultural significance of Hollywood's genres to take account of industrial factors. In detailed, revisionist accounts of two major genres - film noir and melodrama - Neale argues that genre remains an important and productive means of thinking about both New and old Hollywood, its history, its audiences and its films.

American Gangster Cinema

(1978) Women in Film Noir, London: BFI. r Karpf, Stephen L. (1973) The Gangster Film: Emergence, Variation and Decay of a Genre, ... Langman, Larry and Finn, Daniel (1995a) A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties, Westport, ...

American Gangster Cinema

Much analysis of gangster movies has been based upon a study of the gangster as a malign figuration of the American Dream, originally set in the era of the Depression. This text extends previous analysis of the genre by examining the evolution of gangster movies from the 1930s to the contemporary period and by placing them in the context of cultural and cinematic issues such as masculinity, consumerism and technology. With a close examination of many films from Scarface and Public Enemy to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction , this book provides a fascinating insight into a topical and popular subject.

Latin American Dramatists Since 1945

... First Supplement : A Catalogue - Index to Productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company , 1979–1993 Michael Mullin A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties Larry Langman and Daniel Finn An Index to Short and Feature Film ...

Latin American Dramatists Since 1945

Identifies over 700 of the most prominent Latin American playwrights of the late 20th century.

Productions of the Irish Theatre Movement 1899 1916

... First Supplement : A Catalogue - Index to Productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company , 1979–1993 Michael Mullin A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties Larry Langman and Daniel Finn An Index to Short and Feature Film ...

Productions of the Irish Theatre Movement  1899 1916

Lists all theatrical productions of the early modern Irish dramatic movement, including all premieres and revivals.

The Complete H P Lovecraft Filmography

Recent Titles in Bibliographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts A Guide to Silent Westerns Larry Langman ... 1979–1993 Michael Mullin A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties Larry Langman and Daniel Finn An Index to Short and ...

The Complete H P  Lovecraft Filmography

Identifies and analyzes 68 films inspired by the writings of H. P. Lovecraft.

Hollywood s Image of the South

A Century of Southern Films Larry Langman, David Ebner, Greenwood Press ... 1979-1993 Michael Mullin A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties Larry Longman and Daniel Finn An Index to Short and Feature Film Reviews in the Moving ...

Hollywood s Image of the South

Provides a comprehensive guide to films dealing with or taking place in the American South.

Film Genre Reader IV

Encyclopedia of American Spy Films. New York: Garland, 1990. Langman, Larry, and Daniel Finn. A Guide to American Crime Films ofthe Thirties. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. Leitch, Tom. Crime Films.

Film Genre Reader IV

From reviews of the third edition: "Film Genre Reader III lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors, providing an accessible and relatively comprehensive look at genre studies. The anthology's consideration of the advantages and challenges of genre studies, as well as its inclusion of various film genres and methodological approaches, presents a pedagogically useful overview." —Scope Since 1986, Film Genre Reader has been the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with more than 25,000 copies sold. Barry Keith Grant has again revised and updated the book to reflect the most recent developments in genre study. This fourth edition adds new essays on genre definition and cycles, action movies, science fiction, and heritage films, along with a comprehensive and updated bibliography. The volume includes more than thirty essays by some of film's most distinguished critics and scholars of popular cinema, including Charles Ramírez Berg, John G. Cawelti, Celestino Deleyto, David Desser, Thomas Elsaesser, Steve Neale, Thomas Schatz, Paul Schrader, Vivian Sobchack, Janet Staiger, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

Film and the American Left

A Research Guide M. Keith Booker ... Kirtz , Mary K. " Teaching Literature through Film : An Interdisciplinary Approach to Surfacing and The Handmaid's Tale . ... A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties .

Film and the American Left

The American Left has produced a rich and varied cultural tradition that was largely suppressed during the Cold War but whose influence on the larger society has always been significant. Much of this tradition found its expression in film and, despite the suppression of overtly leftist content in most Hollywood films, there is still a substantial amount of leftist material in American movies. Booker's study gives the attention to the films of the American Left that they have long deserved. His book provides extensive entries for more than 260 films that are connected with the culture of the American Left, ranging from Citizen Kane to Apocalypse Now. The chronological arrangement of the entries allows the reader to trace the cinematic representation of the American Left across time, while an appendix and index provide alphabetical and thematic access to the material.

Dying to Belong

Gangster Movies in Hollywood and Hong Kong Martha P. Nochimson. Grossman, Andrew. “The Belated Auteurism of Johnnie ... Hollywood East: Hong Kong Movies and the People Who Make Them. ... A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties.

Dying to Belong

This fascinating book begins with a new definition of the gangster film and a challenging exploration of the Hong Kong and Hollywood screen traditions. Illuminates the way gangster films deal with the ambiguities of modern life, correcting the notion that this genre is inconsequential sensationalism Contends that both American and Hong Kong gangster films are against-the-grain reactions to the central fable of modern democracies that promise immigrant (and other) outsiders that they can become social insiders Draws on a range of American films, ranging from Public Enemy and Scarface to Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, and The Godfather Explores a number of Hong Kong's 21st century gangster films, including Andrew Lau's great trilogy, Infernal Affairs, and Election and Election 2, directed by Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To Concludes with an exclusive interview with The Sopranos' creator, David Chase

Detecting Women

In A Guide to American Crime Films of the Thirties, Larry Langman and Daniel Finn differentiate two categories of crime film: the detective film—the category to which the films featuring Nancy Drew, Sarah Keate, and Hildegarde Withers ...

Detecting Women

Ambitious and comprehensive history of the female detective in Hollywood film from 1929 to 2009.