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.
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About the Author
Gary D. Rhodes is a lecturer in film studies at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Dedication Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 I: Texts and Contexts Chapter 5 1. Edgar G. Ulmer: The Low-End Independent FilmmakerPar Excellence Chapter 6 2. Edgar G. Ulmer: The Godfather of Sexploitation? Chapter 7 3. At the Border: Edgar G. Ulmer's The Singing Blacksmith (1938) and Cossacks in Exile (1939) Part 9 II: Film Noir Chapter 10 4. Dead Fathers and Other Detours: Ulmer's Noir Chapter 11 5. See Spot: The Parametric Film Noirs of Edgar G. Ulmer Chapter 12 6. Even the Pictures Lie: The Unreliable Narrator in the Film Noirs of Edgar G. Ulmer Chapter 13 7. Edgar G. Ulmer's Homicidal Noirs: Psychosis and Possession in Strange Illusion, The Strange Woman, and Bluebeard Chapter 14 8. All Wrong Turns: Tracking Subjectivity in Detour (1945) Chapter 15 9. Masculinity and Masochism in Detour (1945) Part 16 III: Individual Films Chapter 17 10. Puppets and Painting: Authorship and Artistry in Edgar G. Ulmer's Bluebeard Chapter 18 11. Beyond Citizen Kane: Ruthless as Radical Psychobiography Chapter 19 12. "The Gateway to America": Assimilation and Art in Carnegie Hall (1947) Chapter 20 13. Meeting The Man From Planet X (1951) Chapter 21 14. Nothing to Hyde: Reading The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957) Chapter 22 15. Murder, Family, and Weird Science:The Amazing Transparent Man Chapter 23 16. "A Sword and Sandal Gone Screwy" or, Edgar G. Ulmer's Journey to the Lost CityL'Atlantide Part 24 IV: Case StudyThe Black Cat (1934) Chapter 25 17. Bauhaus of Horrors: Edgar G. Ulmer and The Black Cat Chapter 26 18 The Devil's Contract: The Satisfaction of Self-Destruction in Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat Chapter 27 19 "Tremonstrous" Hopes and "Oke" Results: The 1934 Reception of The Black Cat