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Introduction Black and White

Julia A. Stern

in Bette Davis Black and White

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226813691
eISBN:
9780226813721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226813721.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction considers Bette Davis as a vehicle for thinking about American racial fantasy in classic Hollywood. The book's author, who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side ... More


Bette Davis Black and White

Julia A. Stern

in Bette Davis Black and White

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226813691
eISBN:
9780226813721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226813721.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In “Bette Davis Black and White” the author’s youthful idolatry yields to the scholar-archivist’s clear-eyed assessment, exploring Davis’s donning of Blackface masquerade on her 70th birthday. The ... More


Melodramas of Blood in In This Our Life

Julia A. Stern

in Bette Davis Black and White

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226813691
eISBN:
9780226813721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226813721.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the film In This Our Life, based on Ellen Glasgow’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel, focusing on Black youth Parry (Ernest Anderson), an aspiring lawyer. Davis plays a monstrous ... More


The Fourth Warner Brother

J. E. Smyth

in Nobody's Girl Friday: The Women Who Ran Hollywood

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190840822
eISBN:
9780190840853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190840822.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Bette Davis crafted her career in opposition to conventional images of femininity, battling for equal treatment and pay, and by the end of the 1930s, the media, her fans, and the Hollywood industry ... More


Bette Davis Black and White

Julia A. Stern

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226813691
eISBN:
9780226813721
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226813721.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book explores the largely untold history of classic Hollywood actress Bette Davis’s encounters with African American actors on and off screen, at the Hollywood Canteen, while entertaining Black ... More


Gone with the Plague: Jezebel (1938)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the production history of Jezebel, Wyler's first film for Warner Brothers and, most importantly, his first collaboration with Bette Davis — with whom he had an affair, and who ... More


The Whiteness of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Julia A. Stern

in Bette Davis Black and White

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226813691
eISBN:
9780226813721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226813721.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as a neo-enslavement narrative for the Civil Rights era. Former child star Jane (Bette Davis) and her sister Blanche (Joan Crawford), a ... More


“This Is Pure Hopkins”

Allan R. Ellenberger

in Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the making of Hopkins’s second and last role opposite Bette Davis, Old Acquaintance. Warner Bros. deem Hopkins to be the only actress suited for the role of a successful romance ... More


West Hollywood to Burbank

Allan R. Ellenberger

in Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Samuel Goldwyn loans Hopkins to Warner Bros. for a four-picture deal. Hopkins is slipping at the box office, so Anatole Litvak suggests that they cast her in their new property Dark Victory. But ... More


Bette Davis and the South Redux: The Little Foxes (1941)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the production history of The Little Foxes, Wyler's third collaborations with both Lillian Hellman — the film was based on her play — and with Bette Davis. This pairing of the ... More


Out of the Night: At Home at Warner Bros.

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Raoul Walsh prepared to direct They Drive by Night. This film offers one of the best demonstrations in his body of work of how effortlessly and naturally he segues between hope and hopelessness, ... More


Elizabeth I: the cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva

Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann

in The British monarchy on screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780719099564
eISBN:
9781526109767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Elizabeth I anticipated the enmeshment between celebrity culture and political power that characterizes the modern diva. This chapter explores the ways that the body of the queen and its ... More


Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Allan R. Ellenberger

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Born in Savannah, Georgia, Miriam Hopkins was a product of the South. In true Southern fashion, her family proved a challenge to her throughout her life. She began her career in vaudeville and moved ... More


Introduction

Christina Rice

in Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813144269
eISBN:
9780813144474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144269.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter introduces the reader to Ann Dvorak and gives an overview of her successes and failures in the film industry. Also discussed are the possible reasons why her career did not live up to ... More


Warner Workhorse

Christina Rice

in Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813144269
eISBN:
9780813144474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144269.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter covers the remarkable number of films Dvorak made in the year following her return to Warner Bros., such as Heat Lightning and Housewife, costarring Bette Davis. Included are her final ... More


Billy

Allan R. Ellenberger

in Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Hopkins is cast in the Broadway play Excess Baggage. One day on the way to the theater, she witnesses a suicide. Convinced this is a message, she realizes life is short and divorces Brandon Peters ... More


Reaching Their Majority

Alan K. Rode

in Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173917
eISBN:
9780813174808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Curtiz was assigned to finishBlackwell’s Island.This was followed by his direction of Sons of Liberty, a patriotic short championed by the brothers Warner.The film won an Oscar for Best Short ... More


Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Alan K. Rode

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173917
eISBN:
9780813174808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173917.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Michael Curtiz directed some of the greatest American films of the twentieth century but has been largely forgotten. He does not fitthe conventional definition of a cinematic auteur, and many of his ... More


Home on the Moors and the Range: Wuthering Heights (1939), The Westerner (1940), The Letter (1940)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses primarily on The Westerner, Wyler's first film for Samuel Goldwyn that was not based on a prestige literary property. Considerable attention is paid to the evolution of the ... More


Historical Hollywood

Steven Cohan

in Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making Movies

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190865788
eISBN:
9780190865818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190865788.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter singles out accounts of three eras that have preoccupied backstudios. First it looks at films that depict fictionalized versions of real Hollywood scandals from the early 1920s that are ... More


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