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By Howard Good

Howard solid makes use of Torchy Blane, the hero of 9 Warner Brothers movies from the Thirties, because the centerpiece of this crucial cultural research of Hollywood's infatuation with the feminine reporter. sturdy argues that, regardless of illusions of equality among female and male journalists on movie, many portrayals of woman newshounds in reality strengthen conventional gender roles.

Good attracts on numerous cultural fabrics to installation his argument. not just does he contain shut readings of many very important motion pictures from the Nineteen Thirties throughout the Nineties, yet he additionally offers theater posters, press books, felony files, comedian strips, fan magazines, and picture stories. different sisters of the feminine reporter motion picture position that the booklet investigates comprise characters performed by means of Joan Crawford and Katharine Hepburn, in addition to contemporary portrayals of girls journalists in well known motion pictures resembling The Paper, I Love Trouble, and To Die For.

This e-book doesn't simply cease its research on the portrayal of ladies as journalists in videos. sturdy concludes with a vital comparability of the feminine reporter on monitor and her counterpart within the actual international. He increases tense questions about ethics, behavior, and gender family in journalism that Hollywood movies haven't but been capable of get to the bottom of satisfactorily.

Written boldly, Howard sturdy offers a clean and interesting examine a vintage Hollywood position that helps the chance that Torchy Blane, and different girl movie newshounds and their real-world opposite numbers, are the grittiest ladies round.

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