Go West, Young Women! The Rise of Early Hollywood

ISBN-10: 0520274091

ISBN-13: 9780520274099

Edition: 2013

Authors: Hilary Hallett

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In 1920, Los Angeles became the only western city where women outnumbered men. InGo West, Young Women, Hilary A. Hallett explores the relatively unknown New Woman of the West and her role in the development of Los Angeles and the nascent film industry. Hallett explains how women on both sides of the screen pioneered the transformation of the fledgling film industry from a marginal, decentralized business controlled by wealthy Anglo-Americans into the dominant, cosmopolitan industry of early Hollywood centered in Los Angeles. As early publicity stories about female celebrities focused on their independence, resourcefulness, and traversal of Los Angeles's increasingly bohemian terrain, Hollywood came to represent a different kind of frontier, one that spoke to a country torn between Victorian rectitude and individual emancipation, dreams of upward mobility and fears of moral dissolution. From Mary Pickford's rise to become perhaps the most powerful woman of her age, to the racist moral panics of the anti-war years and the aftermath of Hollywood's first sex scandal, Hallett describes how the path through early Hollywood presaged the struggles over modern gender roles that animated the century to come.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Along the Road to Hollywood
Landscapes
"Oh for a girl who could ride a horse like Pearl White": The Actress Democratizes Fame
Women-Made Women: Writing the "Movies" before Hollywood
Melodramas of Hollywood's Birth
The Postwar Revolution in Morals and Manners, Redux
Hollywood Bohemia
The Movie Menace
A Star Is Born: Rereading the "Fatty" Arbuckle Scandal
Conclusion: The Girl from Hollywood
Filmography
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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