Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row illuminates the work of this underappreciated film auteur through nineteen new chapters penned by a range of scholars from across the globe. Ulmer, the German immigrant to Hollywood who fell from grace in Tinseltown after only one studio film, became one of the reigning kings of Poverty Row B-movies.
Structured in four sections, Part I examines various contexts important to Ulmer's career, such as his work at the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), and his work in exploitation films and ethnic cinema. Part II analyzes Ulmer's film noirs, featuring an emphasis on Detour (1945) and Murder Is My Beat (1955). Part III covers a variety of Ulmer's individual films, ranging from Bluebeard (1944) and Carnegie Hall (1947) to The Man from Planet X (1951) and Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957). Part IV concludes the volume with a case study of The Black Cat (1934), offering three different analyses of Ulmer's landmark horror film.
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About the Author
Gary D. Rhodes is a lecturer in film studies at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.