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Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood$
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Dennis Broe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033228

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033228.001.0001

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The Home-front Detective as Dissident Lawman (and -woman)

The Home-front Detective as Dissident Lawman (and -woman)

Hammett, Chandler, Woolrich, and 1940s Hollywood

(p.xxxvi) (p.1) chapter 1 The Home-front Detective as Dissident Lawman (and -woman)
Film Noir, American Workers, and Postwar Hollywood

Dennis Broe

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the character of the wartime home-front detective in Hollywood films during the 1940s and discusses the similarity of this detective to his counterpart in the assembly line. It analyzes the film adaptations of several crime novels including Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Raymond Chandler's Murder My Sweet, and Cornell Woolrich's Black Angel.

Keywords:   detective, Hollywood films, Dashiell Hammett, Maltese Falcon, Raymond Chandler, Murder My Sweet, Cornell Woolrich, Black Angel

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