England's Secret Weapon: The Wartime Films of Sherlock by Amanda J. Field

By Amanda J. Field

England's mystery Weapon examines the best way Hollywood used Sherlock Holmes in a chain of fourteen movies that spanned the years of worldwide warfare II in Europe, from The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1939 to Dressed to Kill in 1946. Basil Rathbone's portrayal of Holmes has motivated each actor who has for this reason performed this renowned personality on movie, television, level and radio, but the movie sequence has, beforehand, been overlooked when it comes to distinct severe research.

The publication appears on the motion pictures themselves together with their historic context. notwithstanding the 1st movies have been set within the detective's 'true' Victorian interval, Holmes was once then 'updated' and recruited to struggle the Nazis. He got here to symbolize the appropriate face of britain for the americans - the single guy who should be relied upon to make sure an Allied victory.

Enthusiasm for a Nazi-fighting Holmes quickly waned, and the sequence moved first into ghost-and-ghouls chillers, and at last into visceral horror motion pictures within which Professor Moriarty, Holmes' outdated enemy, have been changed via a brand new breed of villain - a dangerous woman. England's mystery Weapon examines the way in which the studio instructed a cautious path among modernising the detective and ensuring he used to be nonetheless recognisable because the 'old Holmes' - in outfits, destinations and behavior.

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What Pet Sematary ultimately evades is the agonizing realization that Stand By Me affirms—that KIDS, KEDS, AND DEATH IN KING’S FILMS 41 chance rather than fate governs the course of human events and that death is final. This contrast between the two films is deeply ironic and can also be said to speak in a general way to the appeal of horror movies like Pet Sematary. It is ironic that Stand By Me—a movie directed by Rob Reiner and categorized as “drama” (and not one that most people generally associate with Stephen King)—should confront the reality of death more starkly and potentially more horrifyingly than the very Stephen King–ish horror movie, Pet Sematary, in which characters are mutilated and murdered by reanimated corpses.

Html) has been added to our vocabularies. Yet, we are still wondering why our high schools have become the way they are. King’s novel and De Palma’s film have answered that question; now, in the role of Sue Snell, it is up to us to decide how to respond to our girls. This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 Apt Pupil : The Making of a “Bogeyboy” Dennis F. Mahoney O n May 26, 1999, in his keynote address at the annual meeting of the Vermont Library Conference, Stephen King reflected on the spate of adolescent violence in American schools that had culminated the previous month in the massacre of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

When Todd later protests that he cannot turn around a half year of bad grades in 3 weeks, Dussander tells him that he can and he will, canceling any more “stories” and ordering Todd to study during vacation as well. The former camp commandant now has a new inmate to control. ”—the grimly ironic slogan hanging over the entrance of Dachau—here takes on a revivified meaning. This concern for Todd’s grades, of course, is anything but grandfatherly benevolence; Todd has threatened to reveal his knowledge of Dussander’s identity if the news about his bad grades reaches his parents, who are expecting their son to graduate first in his class.

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