Queen Of The 'B's

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Although Ida Lupino is best known as a leading actress in many Hollywood B movies, her work as a filmmaker has been neglected by critics, historians, and audiences. In the late 1940s, Lupino turned writer, producer, and director in her own independent production company. The films she made, beginning with Not Wanted in 1949, were low-budget pictures taking an uncompromising approach to controversial subject matter ? unmarried motherhood, disability, rape, bigamy. Lupino is exceptional as the only woman to have ...

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Although Ida Lupino is best known as a leading actress in many Hollywood B movies, her work as a filmmaker has been neglected by critics, historians, and audiences. In the late 1940s, Lupino turned writer, producer, and director in her own independent production company. The films she made, beginning with Not Wanted in 1949, were low-budget pictures taking an uncompromising approach to controversial subject matter — unmarried motherhood, disability, rape, bigamy. Lupino is exceptional as the only woman to have directed a visible body of films in the male-dominated Hollywood of the 1950s. The continuation of that directorial career in television throughout the 1960s strengthens the claim that Lupino is the most prolific and creatively powerful woman director ever to have worked in the moving image industry.

This book is the first extensive critical study of Ida Lupino's work as a director in both film and television. It features in-depth essays on each of the films she directed and on her work in television (including such popular series as The Fugitive and The Twilight Zone), with the most complete credit listing yet published of her television work. Viewing Lupino's oeuvre in historical, social, industrial, and aesthetic contexts, all the contributors demonstrate that the work repays informed and sensitive readings and many consider it in light of contemporary feminist debates on cinema. Queen of the 'B's is a long overdue reassessment of an important and pioneering director.

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Eight essays provide feminist readings of the films and television episodes that Lupino acted in, directed, scripted, or produced between 1949 and 1969. Besides her most seen The Hitch-Hiker, they discuss Outrage, The Bigamist, and The Trouble with Angels. In television she worked on many western, crime, and adventure series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

ANNETTE KUHN teaches film and television studies at the University of Glasgow, and has written widely on cultural theory, feminism and cinema, and film history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Intestinal fortitude 1
Not Wanted (1949) 13
Never Fear (1950) 40
Outrage (1950) 57
Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951) 73
The Hitch-Hiker (1953) 90
The Bigamist (1953) 103
The Trouble With Angels (1966) 118
Ida Lupino as director of television 137
Films directed, scripted and produced by Ida Lupino 151
Television programmes and series episodes directed by Ida Lupino 159
Archives and other research resources 187
Ida Lupino: bibliography 188
Index 194
Notes on contributors 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Ida Lupino, a star in front of and behind the camera

    I read Annette Kuhn's book, Ida Lupino behind the camera. This book read like a textbook for a class on the making of films. There was some personal information about her life, but this book is more about Ida Lupino's work,which it is labeled as such. The trouble with this is that it is difficult to seperate Lupino's work and her life. I also read William Donati's biography, Ida Lupino. This dealt with her life and her acting, of course. Ms. Kuhn left out some of the part where Lupino borrowed money to make some of her films. Howard Hughes comes into the money part and that is why many of Ms. Lupino's later directorial credits were released thru RKO, which was owned by Howard Hughes. Ms. Kuhn's book is good but tends to be too textbook like and omits some of the facts behind Ms.Lupino's work behind the camera.

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