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The Neo-noirers: Fugitives, Surrealists, and the Return of the Degenerate Detective

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/9780813033228.003.0005
The Neo-noirers: Fugitives, Surrealists, and the Return of the Degenerate Detective

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This chapter describes the persistence of the sympathetic fugitive in Hollywood films. This character often counters the persistently reoccurring counter-figure of the working-class cop from the police procedural. The fugitive first re-emerged in Roy Huggins' outsiders and Jack Webb's institutional stalwarts, continued in the neo-noir period, and persisted on television in the 1990s until silenced in the visual media of the post-9/11 new cold war.

Keywords: fugitives; Hollywood films; working-class cop; police procedural; Roy Huggins; Jack Webb

Chapter.  8811 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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