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Hollywood Outsiders

The Adaptation of the Film Industry, 1913-1934

2003
Author:

Anne Morey

Hollywood Outsiders

An innovative approach to the relationship between filmmaking and society during Hollywood’s golden age

In the 1910s and 1920s, Hollywood sought to establish new connections between audience and industry, suggesting means by which outsiders could become insiders. Hollywood Outsiders looks at how disparate entities conceived of these connections, and combines discussions of cultural politics with a broader argument about how outsiders viewed the film industry as a vehicle of self-validation and of democratic ideals.

Well-organized and thought-provoking . . . Hollywood Outsiders taught me a lot about several movie-related institutions I knew little about—especially the juvenile novels and the Palmer school—and exhibits an admirable blend of solid historical research, complexity, and clarity of argument.

Film Quarterly

The 1910s and 1920s witnessed the inception of a particular brand of negotiation between filmdom and its public in the United States. Hollywood, its proponents, and its critics sought to establish new connections between audience and industry, suggesting means by which Hollywood outsiders could become insiders. Hollywood Outsiders looks at how four disparate entities—the Palmer Photoplay correspondence school of screenwriting, juvenile series fiction about youngsters involved in the film industry, film appreciation and character education programs for high school students, and Catholic and Protestant efforts to use and influence filmmaking—conceived of these connections, and thus of the relationship of Hollywood to the individual and society. Anne Morey’s exploration of the diverse discourses generated by these different conjunctions leads to a fresh and compelling interpretation of Hollywood’s place in American cultural history.

In its analysis of how four distinct groups, each addressing constituencies of various ages and degrees of social authority, defined their interest in the film industry, Hollywood Outsiders combines concrete discussions of cultural politics with a broader argument about how outsiders viewed the film industry as a vehicle of self-validation and of democratic ideals.


Hollywood Outsiders

Anne Morey is assistant professor of English and performance studies at Texas A&M University.

Hollywood Outsiders

Well-organized and thought-provoking . . . Hollywood Outsiders taught me a lot about several movie-related institutions I knew little about—especially the juvenile novels and the Palmer school—and exhibits an admirable blend of solid historical research, complexity, and clarity of argument.

Film Quarterly

Hollywood Outsiders is a thorough and masterful analysis of a heretofore, virtually neglected subject. Morey examines distinct and diverse aspects of non-Hollywood American's relationship to the film industry from the teens through the thirties and creates a fresh and compelling interpretation of Hollywood's place in American cultural history.

Matthew Bernstein, author of Walter Wanger: Hollywood Independent