Writers in Hollywood 1915-1951 by Ian Hamilton

By Ian Hamilton

Legend has it that Hollywood lures talented writers into its provider with sunshine and cash, basically to regard them as glorified typists and plot-mechanics, peripheral to the most company of moviemaking.

This is what Ian Hamilton describes as 'the writer-in-chains saga that emerges from any research of Hollywood in the course of its so-called golden years - the interval i've got marked as operating from 1915-1951.'

But during this brilliant account of what passed off the likes of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Chandler and Huxley through operating for the Dream manufacturing unit, Hamilton argues that those writers 'were within the video clips by means of selection: they earned way more funds than their colleagues who didn't write for movies, and in different circumstances they utilized themselves carefully to the not-unimportant activity handy. they usually had loads of laughs...'

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Westlake’s caper novels about the comically frustrated thief John Dortmunder. Far more surprising than the rise of the caper film as an anatomy of noncriminal society or its leavening through the comedy of ineptness is the enlistment of crime films to promote family values. , which released Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll in 1956 despite the condemnation of the Legion of Decency. In the wake of the anticommunist witch-hunts of 1947 and 1950, however, calls for central control of the mass-entertainment media’s content remained strong, particularly when those media targeted children.

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