Queering the (New) Deal
2. 1929 to 1945
Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
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The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film
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Lugowski, D. M. 2011. Queering the (New) Deal. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 2:2:32.
- Published Online: 13 NOV 2011
An extraordinary scene takes place near the beginning of The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932), directed by Warner Bros. ace Michael Curtiz. A small-time confidence trickster and his cronies are sitting inside a hotel lobby, staring out a window, betting on whether the next person passing will be a man or a woman. The con is on a winning streak, but when a man passing by tips his cigarette by flicking his wrist, the gang pauses before one says, “It's a man!” They try again; this time it's a woman, but the con protests his loss: “No, women in pants don't count.”
- film censorship;
- production code;
- lesbian and gay representation;
- hollywood cinema;
- gender and sexuality;
- queer theory;
- the great depression