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The McCarthyite Crime Film: The Time of the (Quasi-Scientific) Toad (Criminal/ Informer/Vigilante Cops versus Psychotic Fugitives)

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/9780813033228.003.0004
The McCarthyite Crime Film: The Time of the (Quasi-Scientific) Toad (Criminal/ Informer/Vigilante Cops versus Psychotic Fugitives)

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This chapter examines the immediate aftermath of the film noir period in the U.S. during the years 1950 to 1955 in Hollywood. It describes the rollback, in the U.S. as a whole and in Hollywood in particular, of the militant labor position through the use of the Communist menace, and the concomitant turn in the crime film to an embracing of all modes of law enforcement. Most of the films during this period focused on the informer/vigilante cops versus psychotic fugitives.

Keywords: film noir; U.S; militant labor; Communist menace; crime film; psychotic fugitives; vigilante cops

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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