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Southern History on Screen

by Bryan M. Jack, Kwakiutl Dreher, Erik Alexander & Caroline Schroeter et al. The University Press of Kentucky (December 03, 2018)

Hollywood films have been influential in the portrayal and representation of race relations in the South and how African Americans are cinematically depicted in history, from The Birth of a Nation (1915) and...

Clarence Brown

by Gwenda Young & Kevin Brownlow The University Press of Kentucky (September 26, 2018)

Greta Garbo proclaimed him as her favorite director. Actors, actresses, and even child stars were so at ease under his direction that they were able to deliver inspired and powerful performances. Academy--Award--nominated...

Miriam Hopkins

by Allan R. Ellenberger The University Press of Kentucky (November 09, 2017)

Miriam Hopkins (1902--1972) first captured moviegoers' attention in daring precode films such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Story of Temple Drake (1933), and Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise (1932)....

You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet

by James Bawden & Ronald G. Miller The University Press of Kentucky (September 15, 2017)

Journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller spent their careers interviewing the greatest stars of Hollywood's golden age. They visited Lee Marvin at home and politely admired his fishing trophies, chatted with...

Michael Curtiz

by Alan K. Rode The University Press of Kentucky (October 16, 2017)

Academy Award--winning director Michael Curtiz (1886--1962) -- whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954) -- was in many ways...

Anne Bancroft

by Douglass K. Daniel The University Press of Kentucky (August 17, 2017)

"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" These famous lines from The Graduate (1967) would forever link Anne Bancroft (1931--2005) to the groundbreaking film and confirm her status as a movie...

Improvising Out Loud

by Emily Corey, Jeff Corey, Leonard Nimoy & Janet Neipris The University Press of Kentucky (April 06, 2017)

Jeff Corey (1914--2002) made a name for himself in the 1940s as a character actor in films like Superman and the Mole Men (1951), Joan of Arc (1948), and The Killers (1946). Everything changed in 1951, when...

He's Got Rhythm

by Cynthia Brideson & Sara Brideson The University Press of Kentucky (April 14, 2017)

He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town, and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm. One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood's...

Harry Langdon

by Mabel Langdon, Gabriella Oldham & Harry Langdon Jr. The University Press of Kentucky (March 01, 2017)

Among silent film comedians, three names stand out -- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd -- but Harry Langdon indisputably deserves to sit among them as the fourth "king." In films such as The...