19. Suspense Thriller

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch19

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Suspense Thriller, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch19

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • suspense thriller;
  • fiction, giving the genre a boost as political crises of the time - providing situations;
  • aesthetic's embrace of the frivolous and silly - kicked in as comedy, invading the spy, layman-detective, scofflaw, and caper cycles;
  • Spy Thriller, WWII/Cold War, conservative spy thriller - revisiting WWII (A Face in the Rain, E, 1963; I Deal in Danger, TCF, 1966) or staying in Cold War territory;
  • Perlberg/Seaton's 36 Hours (MGM, 1965), an Army Intelligence Major - privy to the June, 5, 1944 Normandy invasion plans;
  • James Bond series, (nine films between 1963 and 1976) - the genre's most popular and influential makeover;
  • Chinatown (P, 1974), from d Polanski/Oscared w Robert Towne - texture to spare with its nostalgic and demythological eye on things;
  • Hustle (P, 1975), from d Aldrich/w Steve Shagan - inflecting the detective-cop thriller with romance melo;
  • Heat's commercial success, and five Oscar honors - Poitier's portrayal of the same upright, heroic detective-cop, transplanted to San Francisco;
  • Assault on a Queen, serious caper films - Frank Sinatra and benefactress Virna Lisi, empty the Queen Mary's safe by a German sub


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Spy Thriller: WWII/Cold War

  • Crime

  • Vigilante

  • Caper

  • Conspiracy