Public Enemies, Public Heroes: Screening the Gangster from Little Caesar to Touch of Evil

@inproceedings{Munby1999PublicEP,
  title={Public Enemies, Public Heroes: Screening the Gangster from Little Caesar to Touch of Evil},
  author={L. J. Munby},
  year={1999}
}
In this study of Hollywood gangster films, Jonathan Munby examines their controversial content and how it was subjected to continual moral and political censure. Beginning in the early 1930s, these films told compelling stories about ethnic urban lower-class desires to "make it" in an America dominated by Anglo-Saxon Protestant ideals and devastated by the Great Depression. By the late 1940s, however, their focus shifted to the problems of a culture maladjusting to a new peacetime… Expand
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