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New York City and the Hollywood Musical

Dancing in the Streets


Part of the Screening Spaces book series (SCSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Martha Shearer
    Pages 1-13
  3. Martha Shearer
    Pages 15-44
  4. Martha Shearer
    Pages 45-74
  5. Martha Shearer
    Pages 75-111
  6. Martha Shearer
    Pages 113-151
  7. Martha Shearer
    Pages 193-213
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-230

About this book


In examining the relationship between the spectacular, iconic and vibrant New York of the musical and the off-screen history and geography of the real city—this book explores how the city shaped the genre and equally how the genre shaped representations of the city. Shearer argues that while the musical was for many years a prime vehicle for the idealization of urban density, the transformation New York underwent after World War II constituted a major challenge to its representation. Including analysis of 42nd StreetSwing TimeCover GirlOn the TownThe Band WagonGuys and DollsWest Side Story and many other classic and little-known musicals—this book is an innovative study of the relationship between cinema and urban space.


cinema Film genre urban culture city film architecture cinematic city New York City musical space place

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Martha Shearer teaches in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London, UK. She has published articles in Screen and The Soundtrack and her research focuses on the city in American cinema and media, particularly in relation to genre, gender and the history of the Hollywood film industry.

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