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Police on Screen: Hollywood Cops, Detectives, Marshals and Rangers M. Ray Lott

Police on Screen: Hollywood Cops, Detectives, Marshals and Rangers

M. Ray Lott

Published May 1st 2006
ISBN : 9780786425778
Paperback
214 pages
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This volume provides a critical-historical analysis of law enforcement in American cinema. It examines how police are portrayed and how this portrayal changes over time. Each film discussed reveals something about society, subtly commenting on socialMoreThis volume provides a critical-historical analysis of law enforcement in American cinema. It examines how police are portrayed and how this portrayal changes over time. Each film discussed reveals something about society, subtly commenting on social conditions, racial issues and government interventions. Major historical events such as the Great Depression, World War II and the McCarthy trials find their way into many of these films. Significant film genres from science fiction to spaghetti western are represented. Films examined include Easy Street (1917), a nominal comedy starring Charlie Chaplin- Star Packer, a 1934 John Wayne film- The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart- Dirty Harry, a 1971 Clint Eastwood classic- Leslie Nielsens spoof Naked Gun (1988)- and 1993s Tombstone featuring Kurt Russell. The filmography contains a synopsis along with information on director, screenplay, starring actors and year of production. Photographs and an index are also included.