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Queering the (New) Deal

2. 1929 to 1945

2. 1929–1938

  1. David M. Lugowski

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf034

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

How to Cite

Lugowski, D. M. 2011. Queering the (New) Deal. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 2:2:32.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

Abstract

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.”

Keywords:

  • film censorship;
  • production code;
  • lesbian and gay representation;
  • hollywood cinema;
  • gender and sexuality;
  • queer theory;
  • the great depression