The Conversation

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:
The Conversation

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Richard Nixon just loved going to the movies, and like any other devoted moviegoer, there were movies such he enjoyed going to see even more than others. Richard Nixon saw two Lana Turner films while president, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). Nixon's awareness that all this moviegoing might call into question how hard he worked, something he took inordinate pride in, makes all the more striking that he should have nonetheless managed to spend so much time watching movies. The presidency would mean neither an interruption nor a reduction in Nixon's pursuing his love of the movies; rather, it allowed him to wallow in watching. The movies he saw were a happily magpie miscellany, as varied in genre and date as they were in quality.

Keywords: Richard Nixon; movies; moviegoer; Lana Turner films; watching movies

Chapter.  13081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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