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Christine Becker <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 17 Feb 2009 20:42:42 -0500
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We are pleased to announce a new book, "It's the Pictures That Got 
Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television," by Christine Becker.

The interplay between television and film in the 1950s transformed 
television production and programming, affected the careers of 
countless film actors, and challenged the traditional mechanisms of 
the Hollywood star system. In this groundbreaking study, Christine 
Becker asks why certain film stars, like Ronald Reagan and Ida 
Lupino, crossed over to television in this period while others did 
not, why some succeeded in the new medium and others failed, and how 
the presence of film stars shaped the nature of certain television 
genres. Using extensive primary source material and new archival 
research, "It's the Pictures That Got Small" argues that the early 
film-to-television crossover turned traditional myths of star-making 
inside out, fundamentally altering the standard workings of the 
Hollywood star system. By looking at a broad range of popular stars 
of the fifties, Becker paints a revealing portrait of the 
relationship between film and television in the waning days of the 
classical studio system and the budding years of commercial TV. The 
book includes an appendix of established film stars and the TV shows 
they appeared on.

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SAVE 20% if you order from the web site and use discount code W300! 
Use the link above. Or order through your favorite bookseller, or by 
calling University Press of New England at 1-800-421-1561 (or 
603-448-1533, x255 or x256). US Shipping charges are $5.00 for the 
first book and $1.25 for each additional. In CANADA, order through 
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Academic users may order an Examination Copy for potential course 
adoption. Please request a copy of the book in a letter on your 
institutional letterhead, and include the course title, estimated 
enrollment, and $5.00 for shipping (check, MasterCard, Visa, 
Discover, AmEx). Mail your request to: UPNE, Attn: Exam Copies, 1 
Court Street, Suite 250, Lebanon, NH 03766-1358, USA or fax to (603) 448-9429.

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