'On the first rung of the ladder of fame': Would-be cinema stars in silent-era Britain

O'Rourke, Chris (2014) 'On the first rung of the ladder of fame': Would-be cinema stars in silent-era Britain. Film History: An International Journal, 26 (3). pp. 84-105. ISSN 0892-2160

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Abstract

The “movie-struck girl” and the anxieties that this figure generated have been well documented in relation to early Hollywood. This article explores concurrent trends in Britain during the 1910s and 1920s. It examines the local publications and practices that emerged to cater to aspiring film actors. It also shows how discussions of would-be cinema stars took part in national debates about women’s place in the labor market and the struggle to legitimize the domestic film industry.

Keywords:acting, cinema schools, movie-struck girls, aspiration, social history, British cinema, NotOAChecked
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:24025
Deposited On:07 Sep 2016 15:25

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