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Summer Wisdom – “The Gallows Walk”

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick , Maine 04011
United States

Summer Wisdom – “The Gallows Walk”: Executing Justice in 1930’s American Film

This talk considers how Hollywood movies in the 1930’s depicted the American criminal justice system-specifically in scenes that show the criminal “heroes” walking down the last, long mile to the electric chair. How did James Cagney, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable bring their star power to movies about career criminals with no time left in their lives, and what lessons did 1930’s audiences want from these movies?

TRICIA  WELSCH is Professor of Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College. She earned her undergraduate degree at Fordham University and holds an M.A. and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared in numerous film journals and in anthologies on the history of film. She is the author of Ready for Close-up: The Life of Gloria Swanson.


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