Chapter

Double Indemnity

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226239705.003.0002
Double Indemnity

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Richard Nixon was born on the wrong side of Hollywood, both the Hollywood that was and the Hollywood that soon would be. In RN, Nixon describes Yorba Linda as an “idyllic” setting for a child. Yorba Linda, a dry town characterized by the crude Victorianism of a backwoods border country, as a far-from-disaffected West, was a world away from urbanity. Fortunately, Hannah's family was prominent and well represented in the community for the Nixons. The fact also holds well that once the Nixons moved to Whittier they had to work extremely hard to do well, the point is they did do well. Their actual economic circumstances were less important, though than the fact that the Nixons themselves were not among those sumptuary-minded “some.”

Keywords: Richard Nixon; Hollywood; Yorba Linda; idyllic

Chapter.  14732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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