Larger than life : movie stars of the 1950s / edited by R. Barton Palmer - New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2010. - 1 online resource (ix, 282 p.) : ill. - JSTOR eBooks Star decades: American culture/American cinema . - Star decades: American culture/American cinema. .

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction / R. Barton Palmer -- Montgomery Clift : Hollywood pseudohomosexual / Tison Pugh, Barry Sandler -- Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck : organization men / R. Barton Palmer -- James Stewart and James Dean : the darkness within / Murray Pomerance -- James Mason : a star is born bigger than life / Amy Lawrence -- Reflexivity and metaperformance : Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Kim Novak / Matthew Solomon -- Audrey Hepburn : the film star as event / William A. Brown -- Doris Day and Rock Hudson : the girl next door and the brawny he-man / Foster Hirsch -- Marlon Brando : actor, star, liar / Susan White -- Jerry Lewis : from Hamlet to clown / Frank Krutnik -- Judy Holliday : the hungry star / Pamela Robertson Wojcik -- What a swell party this was : Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra / Adrienne L. McLean -- In the wings / R. Barton Palmer

The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times. Major artists of the 1940s continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando. They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, "the Method," bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen. Larger Than Life offers a comprehensive view of the star system in 1950s Hollywood and also in-depth discussions of the decade's major stars.

9780813549941 (electronic bk.) 0813549949 (electronic bk.)

22573/ctt4jxhx9 JSTOR

Motion picture actors and actresses--United States--Biography.

PN1998.2 / .L37 2010

791.4302/80922 B