The Home-front Detective as Dissident Lawman (and -woman)

Dennis Broe

in Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033228
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039152 | DOI:
The Home-front Detective as Dissident Lawman (and -woman)

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This chapter examines the character of the wartime home-front detective in Hollywood films during the 1940s and discusses the similarity of this detective to his counterpart in the assembly line. It analyzes the film adaptations of several crime novels including Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Raymond Chandler's Murder My Sweet, and Cornell Woolrich's Black Angel.

Keywords: detective; Hollywood films; Dashiell Hammett; Maltese Falcon; Raymond Chandler; Murder My Sweet; Cornell Woolrich; Black Angel

Chapter.  10987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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