notes and sources
- James Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice is a crime novel classic that has been translated several times onto the silver screen.
- Both Cain's classic and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy are anthologized in Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 40s. 'Horses' has also been made into a film. But not a film better than the novella....
- The last chapter of Day of the Locust by Nathaneal West recounts a scene of mob hysteria at a Hollywood premiere. Yet again, this Hollywood of wanna-be starlets, bit players, poseurs and midgets has been translated - not too successfully - onto the big screen.
- Upton Sinclair's essay, The Movies and Political Propaganda, is part of a larger volume called The Movies on Trial published in 1936. Some essays entitled The Movies, The Actor and Public Morals and The Movies and Juvenile Delinquincy sound fairly current; Sinclair's essay describes the subversive role Hollywood played in his failed bid for governor of California in 1934.
The excerpt from James Farrell's Studs Lonigan depicts Studs and a couple of buddies going downtown to see a swell new gangster picture. The type layout in the book mimics the layout of the newsreels on the screen and Studs narrates the film along to the audience....