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Hard-boiled Hollywood : crime and punishment in postwar Los Angeles

Author: Jon Lewis
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, ©2017 [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The history of Hollywood's postwar transition is framed by two spectacular dead bodies: Elizabeth Short, AKA the Black Dahlia, found dumped and posed in a vacant lot in January 1947 and Marilyn Monroe, the studio era's last real movie star, discovered dead at her home in August 1962. Short and Monroe are just two of the many left for dead after the collapse of the studio system, Hollywood's awkward adolescence  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lewis, Jon, 1955-
Hard-boiled Hollywood.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016046542
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Lewis
ISBN: 9780520284319 0520284313 9780520284326 0520284321
OCLC Number: 960166732
Description: xii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The real estate of crime : the Black Dahlia dumped by the side of the road --
2. Mobsters and movie stars : crime, punishment, and Hollywood celebrity --
3. Hollywood confidential : crime and punishment in postwar Los Angeles --
4. Hollywood's last lonely places : the sad, short stories of Barbara Payton and Marilyn Monroe.
Responsibility: Jon Lewis.

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Two spectacular dead bodies-Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, found dumped and posed in a vacant lot in January 1947, and Marilyn Monroe, found dead in her home in August 1962-bookend this  Read more...

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"Jon Lewis's range as a film scholar is vast... He leaves us with the conviction that the movie business is even more complicated and dangerous than we ever suspected, but never without great plots." Read more...

 
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