A group of film historians chart a map of 1930s British cinema. They reassess the films, stars, genres, and directors omitted from accounts of the decade, and they evaluate its forgotten and recently discovered films. The book includes assessments of the British shocker and the British musical, popular 1930s genres, and views of cinema and national identity.
Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University. He is General Editor of the Cinema and Society series.
Cinema-going preferences in Britain in the 1930s, John Sedgwick; Julius Hagen and Twickenham Film Studios, Linda Wood; Hollywood and Britain - MGM and the British "quota" legislation, H. Mark Glancy; celluloid shockers, James Chapman; calling all stars - musical films in a musical decade, Stephen Guy; "thinking forward and up" - the British films of Conrad Veidt, Sue Harper; Tod Slaughter and the cinema of excess, Jeffrey Richards; jack of all trades - Robert Stevenson, Brian McFarlane; money for speed -the British films of Bernard Vorhaus, Geoff Brown; Berthold Viertel at Gaumont-British, Kevin Gough-Yates; loose ends, hidden gems and the moment of "melodramatic emotionality", Tony Aldgate.