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Noir Part 1: Socialism in One Genre: Wildcat Strikers, Fugitive Outsiders, and a Savage Lament

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033228.003.0002
Noir Part 1: Socialism in One Genre: Wildcat Strikers, Fugitive Outsiders, and a Savage Lament

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This chapter examines film noir in the U.S. during the post-war years from 1945 to 1950. It traces the emergence of the so-called wildcat strikers and fugitive outsiders in Hollywood films and its parallels with working-class consciousness heightened by a series of strikes. The chapter describes the film depiction of a multitude of subworking-class, working-class, and middle-class male and female fugitives forced to flee the law, which ultimately exposes the real criminal as the upper- or business-class foe who torments them.

Keywords: film noir; fugitive outsiders; U.S; Hollywood films; strikes

Chapter.  8746 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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