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Cecil B. DeMille, Classical Hollywood, and Modern American Mass Culture



Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. David Blanke
    Pages 1-43
  3. David Blanke
    Pages 45-87
  4. David Blanke
    Pages 89-128
  5. David Blanke
    Pages 129-163
  6. David Blanke
    Pages 165-209
  7. David Blanke
    Pages 211-251
  8. David Blanke
    Pages 253-304
  9. David Blanke
    Pages 305-314
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 315-328

About this book


This book uses the long and profitable career of Cecil B. DeMille to track the evolution of Classical Hollywood and its influence on emerging mass commercial culture in the US. DeMille’s success rested on how well his films presumed a broad consensus in the American public—expressed through consumer hedonism, faith, and an “exceptional” national history—which merged seamlessly with the efficient production methods developed by the largest integrated studios. DeMille’s sudden mid-career shift away from spectator perversity to corporate propagandist permanently tarnished the director’s historical standing among scholars, yet should not overshadow the profound links between his success and the rise and fall of mid-century mass culture.


Cecil B. DeMille Classical Hollywood American Mass Culture American Commercial Culture Modernization and Popular Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryTexas A&M University–Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, TXUSA

About the authors

David Blanke is Professor of History at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, USA. His previously published works include studies of American car culture and modern mass consumerism. He is currently at work, with Sue Matheson, on a comparative study of Hollywood legends Cecil B. DeMille and John Ford.

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