Beyond the Stars contains 20 essays on stock characters, and character conventions which neatly divide into four categories: ethnic and racial stereotyping; social classis; professions; and the idiosyncratic type. Stock figures in American movies are part of our cultural heritage; they deserve an honored place in theliterature of film and popular culture.
1. Stock characters in American popular film -- 2. Plot conventions in American popular film -- 3. The material world in American popular film. -- 4. Locales in American popular film -- v. 5. Themes and ideologies in American popular film.
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