Mystery Movie Series of 1930s Hollywood

Overview

This companion volume to Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood (McFarland, 2010) focuses on 22 different series and 167 individual films, primarily released during the 1930s. It was a decade that featured some of the most famous cinema detectives of all time, among them Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles, Philo Vance, Nancy Drew, and some lesser known but equally entertaining figures, including Hildegarde Withers, Torchy Blane, Mr. Moto, Mr. Wong, and Brass Bancroft.

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Overview

This companion volume to Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood (McFarland, 2010) focuses on 22 different series and 167 individual films, primarily released during the 1930s. It was a decade that featured some of the most famous cinema detectives of all time, among them Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles, Philo Vance, Nancy Drew, and some lesser known but equally entertaining figures, including Hildegarde Withers, Torchy Blane, Mr. Moto, Mr. Wong, and Brass Bancroft.

Each mystery movie series is placed within its historical context, with emphasis on its source material and the changes or developments within the series over time. Also included are reviews of all the series' films, analyzing the quality and cohesiveness of the mystery plotlines. For titles based on literary sources, a comparison between the film and the written work is provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786469758
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 391
  • Sales rank: 1,302,472
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Backer is an attorney who has previously written for law reviews and other legal publications. An avid fan of both mysteries and movies, he lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Philo Vance: The Upper Class Detective 5

2 Bulldog Drummond: The English Adventurer 40

3 Charlie Chan: The Chinese Detective 85

4 Arséne Lupin: The Gentleman Thief 160

5 Hildegarde Withers: The Teacher Detective 168

6 Thatcher Colt: The Police Commissioner 185

7 Inspector Trent: The Police Detective 195

8 Nick and Nora Charles: The Thin Man Series 200

9 Perry Mason: The Defense Attorney 215

10 Sophie Lang: The Lady Thief 235

11 Sarah Keate: The Nurse Detective 241

12 Torchy Blane: The Investigative Reporter 258

13 Alan O' Connor and Bobbie Reynolds: The Federal Agents 274

14 Mr. Moto: The Japanese Detective 282

15 Bill Crane: The Private Detective 300

16 Joel and Garda Sloane: The Husband and Wife Team 308

17 Nancy Drew: The Teenage Detective 317

18 Mr. Wong: The Other Chinese Detective 327

19 Barney Callahan: The Roving Reporter 339

20 Brass Bancroft: The Secret Service Agent 344

21 Tailspin Tommy: The Young Aviator 352

22 Persons in Hiding: The FBI Story 361

Appendix: 1930s Mystery Series Listed 371

Bibliography 373

Index 375

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