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Edgar Ulmer’s Homicidal Noirs: Psychosis and Possession in Strange Illusion, Strange Woman, and Bluebeard

Chapter Title

Edgar Ulmer’s Homicidal Noirs: Psychosis and Possession in Strange Illusion, Strange Woman, and Bluebeard

Book Title

Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Files

Document Type

Book Chapter

Editors

Gary D. Rhodes

Description

Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour on Poverty Row illuminates the work of this under-appreciated film auteur through 21 new essays penned by a range of scholars from around the globe. Ulmer, an immigrant to Hollywood who fell from grace in Tinseltown after only one studio film, became one of the reigning directors of Poverty Row B-movies.

Structured in four sections, Part I examines various contexts important to Ulmer's career, such as his work at the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), and his work in exploitation films and ethnic cinema. Part II analyzes Ulmer's film noirs, featuring an emphasis on Detour (1945) and Murder Is My Beat (1955). Part III covers a variety of Ulmer's individual films, ranging from Bluebeard (1944) and Carnegie Hall (1947) to The Man from Planet X(1951) and Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957). Part IV concludes the volume with a case study of The Black Cat (1934), offering three different analyses of Ulmer's landmark horror film.

ISBN

9780739125670

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

Lexington Books

City

Lanham, MD

Keywords

Edgar G. Ulmer, homicidal noirs, psychosis

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Film and Media Studies

First Page

133

Last Page

144

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