Overkill: The Rise and Fall of Thriller Cinema

Overkill: The Rise and Fall of Thriller Cinema

by Bill Mesce

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Overview

The work examines the evolution of the thriller from the heyday of the Hollywood mogul era in the 1930s when it was primarily bottom-of-the-bill fodder, through its maturity in the World War II years and noir-breeding 1950s, its commercial and critical ascendancy in the 1960s and 1970s, and finally its subsequent box office dominance in the age of the blockbuster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786427512
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bill Mesce, Jr., is an adjunct instructor at several New Jersey universities and colleges, and an author, screenwriter, and playwright. He lives in Linden, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 3



PART I. THE DREAM FACTORY

1. The Assembly Line 9

2. The Mill Wheels 13

3. Marginalia 20



PART II. THEWAR YEARS

4. Answering the Call 33

5. Stepping into the Abyss 49



PART III. DYSTOPIA

6. The Empires Begin to Fall 55

7. Into the Blackness 62



PART IV. RETRENCHMENT

8. Out of Chaos Comes Order 93

9. Sweet Freedom 103



PART V. FOOL’S GOLD

10. The Money Train 161

11. Shock and Awe 171

12. The Funnel 188

13. Killers 198

14. Anomie 214



Conclusion 289

Bibliography 309

Index 317

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