Tells the story of two developments in the 1950s: the decline of classical Hollywood cinema and the emergence of the American teenager. This book interprets teenpic film types such as clean teenpics. It examines films in light of their impact on the motion picture industry and in terms of their role in validating the teenage subculture.
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Acknowledgments 1. American Movies as a Less-than-Mass Medium 2. A Commercial History 3. The Teenage Marketplace 4. Rock 'n' Roll Teenpics 5. Dangerous Youth 6. The Horror Teenpics 7. The Clean Teenpics 8. Generation after Generation of Teenpics Notes Selected Filmography Index to Film Titles General Index
"Thomas Doherty is a wonderful film historian, as well as an astute cultural observer and a scholarly live wire. His account of Hollywood youth movies is as sensitive to the craziness of the marketplace as that of the movies themselves-smart, detailed, and near-definitive." --J. Hoberman, film critic, The Village Voice "Thomas Doherty's Teenagers and Teenpics, a fascinating study of Hollywood's response to the newly discovered youth market in the 1950s, felicitously brings together solid research, sensitive critical analysis, and an engaging writing style. Too long out of print, Doherty's book, which now brings the saga of 'teenpics' up to date, remains an indispensable guide to a significant aspect of American culture." --Michael Anderegg, author Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture "For an example of real scholarship in the field of cultural studies, one cannot do better than Thomas Doherty's Teenagers and Teenpics--an astute introduction to the 'juvenilization,' not just of Hollywood, but of America's post-war pop culture more generally." --James Miller, Director of Liberal Studies, New School University, and author of Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977
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