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Douglas Brode is the author of Midnight Matinees (2021), Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture (2014), John Wayne's Way (2014), Yellow Rose of Texas (2014) and other 56 books.

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Midnight Matinees

release date: Aug 27, 2021
Midnight Matinees
From the earliest days of moving pictures, there have been the big blockbusters... Birth of a Nation, The Gold Rush, Sunrise, The Crowd... featured the loftiest stars, most renown directors, largest budgets, garnering the strongest reviews. Most famous of them all? Gone With the Wind (1939). During that classic year for Tinseltown, another film did not fare nearly so well at the box-office. The Wizard of Oz was written off as a failure. Then came television. CBS executives decided to air Wizard one Sunday evening, wondering how it might do. Ratings were beyond belief. From then on, once a year, T.W.O.O. would air, people of all ages eagerly awaiting 'the event.' They could not have known then that they were members of a 'cult following.' For T.W.O.O. swiftly became one of many wonderful, weird, whacky movies, too unique and original for the mainstream on original release, yet deeply appealing to aficionados. Wherever they live, devotees of previously misbegotten movies became a far-spread community of fans. 'Cultists, ' if you will. Here are over 500 of the most enduring. Midnight Matinees offers a virtual encyclopedia of such 'special' pictures from their origination in the 1890s to the cutting-edge work being turned out today. Featuring more than 300 pictures, mostly rare, many never before published. This volume is more for fans of Orson Welles, Hollywood maverick, than John Ford, crowd-pleasing genius. If Joan Crawford was your favorite noir femme fatale, forget about it! Marie Windsor? That's the ticket! And when it comes to a superstar like Marilyn Monroe, don't look for the gleeful Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, though The Misfits vividly recalls her darkest days... and finest acting! As cultists like to say: 'Long live Tuesday Weld.' Not in Wild In the Country, mind you, opposite Elvis Presley. Instead, Pretty Poison. A cult queen in a midnight matinee.

Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture

release date: Dec 09, 2014
Elvis Cinema and Popular Culture
Though Elvis Presley’s music is widely credited as starting a sea change in American popular culture, his films are often dismissed as superficial. Beyond the formulaic plotlines and the increasingly weaker songs, however, the films are rich with resonance to the changing times in which they were produced (roughly 1955–1970). They were also a means by which Elvis communicated deeply felt autobiographical material to his fan base, although in the guise of lighthearted escapist fare. This work takes a new stand, maintaining that Elvis’s 31 Hollywood features and two documentaries reveal a profound statement from the star and auteur. Analyzing each film in detail and exploring the body of work as a whole, Brode reveals the Elvis persona as a contemporary Candide, attempting to navigate an ever changing social and political landscape.

John Wayne's Way

release date: Oct 07, 2014
John Wayne's Way
As John Wayne’s character said in The Alamo: “There’s right and there’s wrong. You got to do one or the other.” The ultimate measure of a man is how he chooses to act. From the pithy to the humorous to the profound, the film career of the man known as The Duke is full of life lessons for today. In John Wayne's Way, author Doug Brode explores the film legacy of the Duke and provides commentary on the lessons learned from the archetypes of the West and American manhood Wayne displayed on the silver screen. Complete with quotes and photographs from the movies, these pithy lessons will be appealing to John Wayne fans and Western film buffs.

Yellow Rose of Texas

release date: Jan 10, 2014
Yellow Rose of Texas
Yellow Rose of Texas: The Myth of Emily Morgan tells the fact based story of the African-American woman who inspired the world famous folk song. In this graphic novel the adventures of Emily Morgan reveal the Texas war for independence through the eyes of a black woman who survived the Alamo and played an important part in winning the war. While the story of Texas is told with attention to historical detail, the story of Emily is elevated to a romantic myth.

Dream West

release date: Nov 01, 2013
Dream West
While political liberals celebrated the end of “cowboy politics” with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, political conservatives in the Tea Party and other like-minded groups still vociferously support “cowboy” values such as small government, low taxes, free-market capitalism, and the right to bear arms. Yet, as Douglas Brode argues in this paradigm-shifting book, these supposedly cowboy or “Old West” values hail not so much from the actual American frontier of the nineteenth century as from Hollywood’s portrayal of it in the twentieth century. And a close reading of Western films and TV shows reveals a much more complex picture than the romanticized, simplistic vision espoused by the conservative right. Examining dozens of Westerns, including Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Red River, 3:10 to Yuma (old and new), The Wild Ones, High Noon, My Darling Clementine, The Alamo, and No Country for Old Men, Brode demonstrates that the genre (with notable exceptions that he fully covers) was the product of Hollywood liberals who used it to project a progressive agenda on issues such as gun control, environmental protection, respect for non-Christian belief systems, and community cohesion versus rugged individualism. Challenging us to rethink everything we thought we knew about the genre, Brode argues that the Western stands for precisely the opposite of what most people today—whether they love it or hate it—believe to be the essential premise of “the only truly, authentically, and uniquely American narrative form.”

Virgin Vampires

release date: Apr 22, 2013
Virgin Vampires
This blend of history and dark fantasy feasts upon vampire lore, reinventing the manner in which real-life monsters were transformed into pop culture icons by two of Ireland’s great writers. Dubliners Sheridan Le Fanu and Bram Stoker travel to Transylvania where they race to save the women they love from the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. After the blood bath, Le Fanu and Stoker pose as doctors John Seward and Abraham Van Helsing to confront Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula himself. Together for the first time, this immortal cast offers a highly erotic exploration of the vampire’s eternal allure.

Midnight Matinees (hardback)

release date: Aug 27, 2021
Midnight Matinees (hardback)
From the earliest days of moving pictures, there have been the big blockbusters... Birth of a Nation, The Gold Rush, Sunrise, The Crowd... featured the loftiest stars, most renown directors, largest budgets, garnering the strongest reviews. Most famous of them all? Gone With the Wind (1939). During that classic year for Tinseltown, another film did not fare nearly so well at the box-office. The Wizard of Oz was written off as a failure. Then came television. CBS executives decided to air Wizard one Sunday evening, wondering how it might do. Ratings were beyond belief. From then on, once a year, T.W.O.O. would air, people of all ages eagerly awaiting 'the event.' They could not have known then that they were members of a 'cult following.' For T.W.O.O. swiftly became one of many wonderful, weird, whacky movies, too unique and original for the mainstream on original release, yet deeply appealing to aficionados. Wherever they live, devotees of previously misbegotten movies became a far-spread community of fans. 'Cultists, ' if you will. Here are over 500 of the most enduring. Midnight Matinees offers a virtual encyclopedia of such 'special' pictures from their origination in the 1890s to the cutting-edge work being turned out today. Featuring more than 300 pictures, mostly rare, many never before published. This volume is more for fans of Orson Welles, Hollywood maverick, than John Ford, crowd-pleasing genius. If Joan Crawford was your favorite noir femme fatale, forget about it! Marie Windsor? That's the ticket! And when it comes to a superstar like Marilyn Monroe, don't look for the gleeful Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, though The Misfits vividly recalls her darkest days... and finest acting! As cultists like to say: 'Long live Tuesday Weld.' Not in Wild In the Country, mind you, opposite Elvis Presley. Instead, Pretty Poison. A cult queen in a midnight matinee.

Shooting Stars of the Small Screen

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Shooting Stars of the Small Screen
Since the beginning of television, Westerns have been playing on the small screen. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, they were one of TV's most popular genres, with millions of viewers tuning in to such popular shows as Rawhide, Gunsmoke, and Disney's Davy Crockett. Though the cultural revolution of the later 1960s contributed to the demise of traditional Western programs, the Western never actually disappeared from TV. Instead, it took on new forms, such as the highly popular Lonesome Dove and Deadwood, while exploring the lives of characters who never before had a starring role, including anti-heroes, mountain men, farmers, Native and African Americans, Latinos, and women. Shooting Stars of the Small Screen is a comprehensive encyclopedia of more than 450 actors who received star billing or played a recurring character role in a TV Western series or a made-for-TV Western movie or miniseries from the late 1940s up to 2008. Douglas Brode covers the highlights of each actor's career, including Western movie work, if significant, to give a full sense of the actor's screen persona(s). Within the entries are discussions of scores of popular Western TV shows that explore how these programs both reflected and impacted the social world in which they aired. Brode opens the encyclopedia with a fascinating history of the TV Western that traces its roots in B Western movies, while also showing how TV Westerns developed their own unique storytelling conventions.

From Hell To Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of World War II Films Volume 1 (hardback)

release date: Jan 15, 2020
From Hell To Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of World War II Films Volume 1 (hardback)
Included are hundreds of vivid photos, many never before printed in book form. This work is so immense that it had to be presented in two inter-dependent volumes-a first for Bear Manor Media!

Planet Jesus Trilogy

release date: Jul 30, 2018
Planet Jesus Trilogy
"The PLANET JESUS Trilogy is just CRAZY - in the most WONDERFUL and CREATIVE way. Highly recommended - a must-read!" -- Rod Lurie, director/writer/producer (KILLING REAGAN, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, STRAW DOGS, RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, etc.) Gospels long attributed to such disciples as Mark, Matthew, John, Luke, Judas and even Mary Magdalene--some considered canonical by the church, others relegated to the margins of Christianity--reveal much about Jesus' youth until the age thirteen, as well as The Mission that consumed the final year and a half of his life. But there is no record of The Missing Years . . . until now. In this, the second installment of their PLANET JESUS trilogy, the father/son writing team of Douglas Brode and Shaun Brode present a carefully researched revelation of what might have occurred during the twenty-one lost years. As with Volume One, "Flesh & Blood," the authors present their findings in the form of a historical novel: A purportedly 'found' text, written by the gentle rebel who inspired a nonviolent revolution that changed the way of the world. No proof exists that Jesus committed a single word to print. Some experts argue that as an illiterate he had to be quoted by disciples. "Body & Soul" offers an imaginative speculation as to what an autobiography might have been like. The premise includes a recently discovered fact--Jesus had a twin brother, Joses--as well as a speculation that has never been proven or disproven, but is often raised in open-minded discussions of the most important being to ever walk the face of the earth: Was Jesus a woman? All books in the PLANET JESUS trilogy ("Hope & Glory," the third, will conclude this epic) draw heavily on Ancient Alien Theory: our planet was visited in pre-history by beings from another world (extra-terrestrials) traveling in flying saucers (Unidentified Flying Objects). Visitors from far planets were hailed by primitive humanoids as 'gods' and 'angels.' In truth, they were flesh and blood creatures with limited powers that exceeded those of early primates. When these Fallen Angels mated with prehistoric females, the resultant new race would move beyond Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon Man to become, in a Quantum Leap that defies Darwinian evolution, the first true people. The rare few descended from high-ranking Archangels were the Anointed Ones: Buddha, Confucius, Herakles and Jesus among them. Why was Jesus referred to as Christ, not a Hebraic term but Athenian? How is it that Jesus spoke of theological ideas unknown in Israel though significant in China, Japan, Africa, and India? If we assume the miracles actually happened, owing to clear records by multiple witnesses, here are logical explanations as to how Jesus walked on water, transformed water into wine, fed a multitude on a few loaves and fish, cured diverse maladies such as blindness, madness, and leprosy, even rose a man up from the dead. Previously these have been accepted on faith or rejected by doubters. PLANET JESUS offers a viable middle-ground between such extremes: a logical explanation as to how all these could have occurred in the reality that was Palestine, Year 31.

Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll
"Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'n' Roll" analyzes the cultural, political, and social revolution that took place in the U.S. (and in time the world) after World War II, crystalizing between 1955 and 1970. During this era, the concept of the American teenager first came into being, significantly altering the relationship between young people and adults. As the entertainment industries came to realize that a youth market existed, providers of music and movies began to create products specifically for them. While Big Beat music and exploitation films may have initially been targeted for a marginalized audience, during the following decade and a half, such offerings gradually become mainstream, even as the first generation of American teenagers came of age. As a result the so-called youth culture overtook and consumed the primary American culture, as records and films once considered revolutionary transformed into a nostalgia movement, and much of what had been thought of as radical came to be perceived as conservative in a drastically altered social context. In this book Douglas Brode offers the first full analysis of how an American youth culture evolved.

Multiculturalism and the Mouse

release date: Jan 27, 2009
Multiculturalism and the Mouse
In his latest iconoclastic work, Douglas Brode—the only academic author/scholar who dares to defend Disney entertainment—argues that "Uncle Walt's" output of films, television shows, theme parks, and spin-off items promoted diversity decades before such a concept gained popular currency in the 1990s. Fully understood, It's a Small World—one of the most popular attractions at the Disney theme parks—encapsulates Disney's prophetic vision of an appealingly varied world, each race respecting the uniqueness of all the others while simultaneously celebrating a common human core. In this pioneering volume, Brode makes a compelling case that Disney's consistently positive presentation of "difference"—whether it be race, gender, sexual orientation, ideology, or spirituality—provided the key paradigm for an eventual emergence of multiculturalism in our society. Using examples from dozens of films and TV programs, Brode demonstrates that Disney entertainment has consistently portrayed Native Americans, African Americans, women, gays, individual acceptance of one's sexual orientation, and alternatives to Judeo-Christian religious values in a highly positive light. Assuming a contrarian stance, Brode refutes the overwhelming body of "serious" criticism that dismisses Disney entertainment as racist and sexist. Instead, he reveals through close textual analysis how Disney introduced audiences to such politically correct principles as mainstream feminism. In so doing, Brode challenges the popular perception of Disney fare as a bland diet of programming that people around the world either uncritically deem acceptable for their children or angrily revile as reactionary pabulum for the masses. Providing a long overdue and thoroughly detailed alternative, Brode makes a highly convincing argument that with an unwavering commitment to racial diversity and sexual difference, coupled with a vast global popularity, Disney entertainment enabled those successive generations of impressionable youth who experienced it to create today's aura of multiculturalism and our politically correct value system.

Star Power

Star Power
Life is like a movie production and anyone can use Hollywood's secrets to achieve greater success. Star Power shares 12 of Hollywood's most powerful rules to guide us in writing, directing and performing the scenes of our lives with Oscar-winning flair. Star Power uses examples from over 125 of Hollywood's finest actors and directors and dozens of great films, including: AMERICAN GRAFFITI BACK TO THE FUTURE BRAVEHEART BUTCH CASSIDY and the SUNDANCE KID CITY SLICKERS DIE HARD FIELD OF DREAMS IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE JAWS JURASSIC PARK PATTON PRETTY WOMAN RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK ROCKY RUDY STAR WARS THE KARATE KID THE KING'S SPEECH THE TERMINATOR THE WIZARD OF OZ ABOUT THE AUTHORS: As a corporate leadership development and training professional for the past twenty years, Jim Whelan has created and delivered many powerful programs to help attendees at all levels reach peak performance. Inspiring frontline team members and leaders alike, Jim is also a dynamic retreat leader and keynote speaker focused on personal and team performance in the areas of: Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer Service, Coaching, Selling, Whole-Mind thinking, Team Problem solving and, of course, Star Power at Work! Learn more at www.starpowerbook.com Douglas Brode is a novelist, graphic novelist, screenwriter, playwright, film historian and multi-award-winning journalist. He teaches at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, Department of Television-Film-Digital Media, during the fall semesters and at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Department of Philosophy and Classics in the winter and spring. He has written for popular publications as varied as ROLLING STONE and TV GUIDE and academic journals including CINEASTE and TELEVISION QUARTERLY. Among his most recent books are ROD SERLING AND THE TWILIGHT ZONE (Barricade), DREAM WEST: POLITICS AND RELIGION IN COWBOY MOVIES (University of Texas Press, Austin), DRACULA'S DAUGHTERS: THE FEMALE VAMPIRE ON FILM (Scarecrow), and "PATSY!" THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD (Sunbury).

From Walt to Woodstock

release date: Jun 01, 2004
From Walt to Woodstock
Douglas Brode overturns the idea of Disney as a middlebrow filmmaker by detailing how Disney movies played a key role in transforming children of the Eisenhower era into the radical youth of the Age of Aquarius.

Edge of Your Seat

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Edge of Your Seat
Psycho turned a shower into a bloodbath. Touch of Evil divulged the unspeakable. Cat People clawed its way into everyone's nightmares. If a good movie scare is your thing, then this is the book for you -- a sweeping look at the dark side in suspense, horror, western, and sci-fi films. From haunting Hitchcock classics to unsung chillers by lesser-known directors, from the creeping madness of Repulsion to the raw predatory fury of Jaws, here are the most spine-tingling moments of one hundred of the greatest cinematic thrillers. Packed with great photos, brief plot summaries, full credits, and the critical tidbits movie buffs crave, this fun-filled guide explains what you missed when you cringed, and why these movies top the list of all-time shockers that kept you on the edge of your seat. Book jacket.

Boys and Toys

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Boys and Toys
Organized by category, this expert's guide to adventure movies--the film industry's most popular genre--is loaded with stills that give a sweeping presentation of what guys like and make successful at the theater. 100 photos throughout.

The Films of Robert DeNiro

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Films of Robert DeNiro
Film expert Douglas Brode offers a complete, up-to-the-minute examination of Robert De Niro's entire life and career, including such memorable movies as "Copland, Cape Fear, The Deer Hunter, The Godfather Part II", and "Taxi Driver". Color and b&w illustrations.

Shakespeare in the Movies

release date: Apr 27, 2000
Shakespeare in the Movies
Shakespeare is now enjoying perhaps his most glorious--certainly his most popular--filmic incarnation. Indeed, the Bard has been splashed across the big screen to great effect in recent adaptations of Hamlet, Henry V, Othello, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and of course in the hugely successful Shakespeare in Love. Unlike previous studies of Shakespeare's cinematic history, Shakespeare in the Movies proceeds chronologically, in the order that plays were written, allowing the reader to trace the development of Shakespeare as an author--and an auteur--and to see how the changing cultural climate of the Elizabethans flowered into film centuries later. Prolific film writer Douglas Brode provides historical background, production details, contemporary critical reactions, and his own incisive analysis, covering everything from the acting of Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, and Gwyneth Paltrow, to the direction of Orson Welles, Kenneth Branagh, and others. Brode also considers the many films which, though not strict adaptations, contain significant Shakespearean content, such as West Side Story and Kurosawa's Ran and Throne of Blood. Nor does Brode ignore the ignoble treatment the master has sometimes received. We learn, for instance, that the 1929 version of The Taming of the Shrew (which featured the eyebrow-raising writing credit: "By William Shakespeare, with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor"), opens not so trippingly on the tongue--PETRUCHIO: "Howdy Kate." KATE: "Katherine to you, mug." For anyone wishing to cast a backward glance over the poet's film career and to better understand his current big-screen popularity, Shakespeare in the Movies is a delightful and definitive guide.

The Films of Steven Spielberg

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Films of Steven Spielberg
This pictorial study puts Steven Spielberg's career in focus: from his first feature, "The Sugarland Express", through his phenomenal blockbusters, including "Jaws", Jurassic Park", and "Schindler's List". Photos.

Patsy!

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Patsy!
NOVEMBER 22, 1963: A DAY THAT CHANGED AMERICA Since the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy, three theories have been forwarded as the involvement of Lee Harvey Oswald: that he was a lone assassin, as the Warren Commission claimed; that Oswald was a part of a vast, complex conspiracy to kill the sitting president, as those who reject the Warren report insist; and, finally, that Oswald was not involved, either singly or collectively, in what went down that day in Dallas. The greatest stumbling block to the latter has to do with hard, cold evidence: Not only was Oswald located on the sixth floor of the book depository that day; he absolutely carried a rifle with telescopic sight and fired it out the window. How could it be remotely possible, then, that Oswald was completely innocent as to JFK's murder? In his latest iconoclastic work, prolific writer DOUGLAS BRODE presents a detailed argument as to the theory of innocence, taking into account one of Oswald's final statements--"I'm a Patsy "--proceeding from there to trace this unique man's entire life. Such materials are juxtaposed throughout the book with larger, greater world events that, when viewed from a contrarian perspective, may shed light on who actually wanted Kennedy dead and why. This non-fiction novel is written in the style of an imaginative work, yet events detailed here remain true to fact. As Brode reveals, we can precisely know what Oswald did and said that day, but what actually went on in his, or any person's, mind can never be fully reclaimed from history, therefore reconstructed here in a freely creative manner to offer "a truth," if not "the truth," as to what may have actually happened fifty years ago, and why.

Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone

release date: Dec 01, 2011
Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone
Having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, this title provides both an intimate insight and an in-depth examination of The Twilight Zone, arguably one of the most popular television shows ever. Drawing on photographs and personal reminiscences, Rod Serling's widow, Carol, gives commentary on some of the series' most memorable episodes. Veteran film historian Brode gives in-depth descriptions of these episodes and discusses why they were so resonant with viewers.

The Films of Woody Allen

release date: Jan 01, 1991
The Films of Woody Allen
Traces the development of Woody Allen's career as a movie writer, director, and actor and describes the plots of his movies

Denzel Washington

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Denzel Washington
Takes readers behind the scenes of the Oscar-winning actor's films to show what each one, from "Cry Freedom" to "The Pelican Brief," reveals about him

The Films of Dustin Hoffman

release date: Jun 01, 1988
The Films of Dustin Hoffman
Offers plot summaries, cast, and credits for each of Hoffman's movie appearances and traces his development as an actor

The Films of Robert De Niro

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Films of Robert De Niro
Film expert Douglas Brode offers a complete, up-to-the-minute examination of Robert De Niro's entire life and career, including such memorable movies as "Copland, Cape Fear, The Deer Hunter, The Godfather Part II", and "Taxi Driver". Color and b&w illustrations.

Once was Enough

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Once was Enough
Profiles such one-shot wonders of the big screen as Johnny Carson, Evel Knievel, Christie Brinkley, and Dr. Ruth
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