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Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles

Jon Lewis


The history of Hollywood’s postwar transition is framed by two spectacular dead bodies: Elizabeth Short, AKA the Black Dahlia, found dumped and posed in a vacant lot in January 1947 and Marilyn Monroe, the studio era’s last real movie star, discovered dead at her home in August 1962. Short and Monroe are just two of the many left for dead after the collapse of the studio system, Hollywood’s awkward adolescence during which the company town’s many competing subcultures -- celebrities, moguls, mobsters, gossip mongers, industry wannabes, and desperate transients – came into frequent contact and ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, Black Dahlia, Gossip, Mickey Cohen, Marilyn Monroe, Mobsters (gangsters), Movie Stars (Celebrities), Film Noir, True crime (unsolved crimes), Hollywood history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284319
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Lewis, author
Oregon State University

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