Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Hollywood and the Great DepressionAmerican Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Iwan Morgan and Philip John Davies

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748699926

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699926.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Organisation Women and Belle Rebels: Hollywood’s Working Women in the 1930s

Organisation Women and Belle Rebels: Hollywood’s Working Women in the 1930s

Chapter:
(p.66) Chapter 3 Organisation Women and Belle Rebels: Hollywood’s Working Women in the 1930s
Source:
Hollywood and the Great Depression
Author(s):

J. E. Smyth

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699926.003.0004

This shows how Hollywood was more effective than any other institution in America in challenging gender roles and portraying a positive image of working women both on and off screen. It reviews the importance of women within the studio system not only as actors and stars but also as screenwriters, film editors, costume and make-up design, research, and production (but significantly not as directors). It then analyses a set of highly successful films that were significant for promoting a positive image of working women. These are: A Woman Rebels (RKO, 1936); A Star is Born (Selznick International, 1937); Gone With the Wind (Selznick International-MGM, 1939); and Kitty Foyle (RKO, 1940). What these films have in common is an awareness of generations of women working in front of and behind the scenes that is rendered through their working-women heroines.

Keywords:   Working women, Hollywood studio system, A Woman Rebels, A Star is Born, Gone With the Wind, Kitty Foyle

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.