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Title What dreams were made of : movie stars of the 1940s / edited by Sean Griffin
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 259 pages) : illustrations
Series Star decades: American culture/American cinema
Star decades: American culture/American cinema.
Contents Introduction : stardom in the 1940s / Sean Griffin -- Abbott and Costello: Who's on first / David Sedman -- Gene Autry and Roy Rogers: the light of western stars / Ed Buscombe -- Ingrid Bergman: the face of authenticity in the land of illusion / Robin Blaetz -- Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: tough guy and cool dame / Rick Worland -- Claudette Colbert, Ginger Rogers, and Barbara Stanwyck: American homefront women / David M. Lugowski -- Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney: babes and beyond / Sean Griffin -- Greer Garson: gallant ladies and British wartime femininity / Hannah Hamad -- Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth: pinned up / Adrienne L. McLean -- Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn: domesticated mavericks / Charlie Kiel -- John Wayne: hero, leading man, innocent, and troubled figure / Edward Countryman -- In the wings / Sean Griffin
Summary What Dreams Were Made Of examines the performers who helped define American cinema in the 1940s, a decade of rapid and repeated upheaval for Hollywood and the United States. Through insightful discussions of key films as well as studio publicity and fan magazines, the essays in this collection analyze how these actors and actresses helped lift spirits during World War II, whether in service comedies, combat films, or escapist musicals. Together, they represented the hopes and fears of a nation during turbulent times, enacting on the silver screen the dreams of millions of moviegoers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Griffin, Sean.
LC no. 2010024093
ISBN 0813549647
081355084X (electronic bk.)
9780813550848 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)