RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled and Marxism

From: Rob Preece, Publisher ( publisher@booksforabuck.com)
Date: 03 Sep 2006

I'm straining my mind to come up with examples (without much luck--where did I leave my memory), but there were dozens of B movies from the 40s and early 50s that were strongly hardboiled and carried profoundly socialistic messages. The McCarthy-driven purge of the movie industry was partly driven by these films. I'm not talking about Grapes of Wrath here (although that was a great movie, it was hardly hardboiled).

What an interesting discussion. I think that most fiction carries with it the social assumptions of its author--whether he/she admits it or not.

Rob Preece Publisher, www.BooksForABuck.com

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