Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Gary Cooper-Glamour in a Golden Age presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s against the background of contemporary American cultural history.
Stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and to become recognized and admired-sometimes even notorious-parts of the cultural landscape. Using archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and of course films themselves, contributors also discuss other artists who were incredibly popular at the time, among them Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, Nancy Carroll, Kay Francis, and Constance Bennett.
"The central characteristic of 'glamour' in the starry heavens of 1930s Hollywood received illuminating backlighting in McLean's collection. A construct emcompassing elegance, lurury, romance, and sex appeal, glamour shines, even scintillates, through the galazy of celebrities covered in this sparkling volume in the 'Star Decades' series. Recommended."
ADRIENNE L. McLEAN is a professor of film studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema and Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom, and the coeditor of Headline Hollywood: A Century of Film Scandal (all Rutgers University Press).