Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859898874 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Lost Jungle

Cliffhanger Action and Hollywood Serials of the 1930s and 1940s

Guy Barefoot

The Lost Jungle

Guy Barefoot

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

256 pages | 30 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859898874 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Why has the Hollywood sound serial received so little scholarly attention? These short, usually weekly films ending in cliffhangers began in the silent era but continued to be extremely popular in the 1930s and 1940s after the advent of synchronized sound. In The Lost Jungle Guy Barefoot explores the popularity of particular serials such as Flash Gordon (1936) and The Lone Ranger (1938), contextualizing the serial in the broader context of American film culture during the Great Depression and Second World War. Barefoot also examines less familiar science fiction, western, jungle, and crime serials, and considers the production of sound serials, highlighting how they drew upon earlier conventions of silent cinema and melodrama.
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Serial and the Cliffhanger: Definitions and Origins
2 Thursday Night at the Ritz: Exhibition, Audiences and Regulation
3 The Economy Chapter
4 The Second Chapter, 1930-46
5 Four Serials and a Feature, 1932-38
 
Where are you now, Batman? Aftermath and Conclusion
 
Appendix:
Hollywood Serials 1930-1946 and the endings of their second chapters

Notes
Bibliography
Index
 
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