I’m not one for printed catalogs much these days (to save trees if nothing else) but it was fun when the new ABC-Clio catalog appeared in my mailbox. That’s because it lists the Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection that I co-edited with Peg Lamphier in this catalog. More importantly, it has the happy “Award Winning” banner on its page thanks to our 4 volume set being gamed to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.
Nice to have the right to use the phrase ‘Award-Winning” about my own work.
To highlight the wonderful yet largely forgotten work of a collection of female screenwriters from the early years of Hollywood (and as a companion to the book, When Women Wrote Hollywood) we will be posting quick bits about the many films they wrote along with links to further information and clips from their works which are still accessible online. Take a few moments once or twice a week to become familiar with their names and their stories. I think you’ll be surprised at how much bold material these writers tackled at the birth of this new medium. — Rosanne Welch
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1920 horror silent film, produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount/Artcraft. The film is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and starring actor John Barrymore.
The film was directed by John S. Robertson and co-starred Nita Naldi. The scenario was by Clara Beranger and the film is now in the public domain.
Dr. Jekyll, a kind and charitable man, believes that everyone has two sides, one good and one evil, otherwise considered a split personality. Using a potion that he concocted, Dr. Jekykll becomes Mr. Hyde, creating havoc throughout his town.
The early part of Jekyll’s initial transformation into Hyde was achieved with no makeup, instead relying solely on Barrymore’s ability to contort his face. In one scene, as Hyde reverts to Jekyll, one of Hyde’s prosthetic fingers can be seen to fly across the screen, having been shaken loose by Barrymore’s convulsions. The character of Millicent Carew does not appear in Stevenson’s original story, but in the 1887 stage version by Thomas Russell Sullivan starring Richard Mansfield. This 1920 film version used the play’s concept of Jekyll being engaged to Carew’s daughter, and Hyde beginning a dalliance with a dance-hall girl. — Wikipedia
“Best known for writing ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, Anita Loos is a great American author, playwright, and screenwriter. In the silent era, Loos shaped the integral role that intertitles played, and is known for her title work for some of the most acclaimed of movies of the day. She was a master of satirizing sex and love, and was capable of writing rich, multi-faceted females who drove the action in their films.”
Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.
In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.
Later in the series, we’re going to meet girls who are reporters for newspapers and who are working in television studios. Every time we meet a girl she’s defined by her job first and that’s how the boys get involved with her. So to me, that’s a pretty feminist statement in the 1960s. This, if you were a Batman fan from the TV show back in the day, that’s Julie Newmar and she guests on the show playing April who runs a laundromat and she’s getting a Ph.D. in laundry — I’m not really sure what that’s all about — kind of funny — but she’s getting a Ph.D. and she’s the girl that all four of them fall in love with. The whole episode is all four of them trying to be what she wants them to be and when they define what it is “The fastest way to a woman’s heart is through her mind.” Her mind. That’s what matters in a woman. Whoa. That’s a really bold statement for back in the day.
Rosanne Welch, PhD is a writer, producer and university professor with credits that include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, Touched by an Angel and ABC NEWS/Nightline. Other books include Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture (McFarland, 2017) and Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection (ABC-CLIO, 2017), named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Welch has also published chapters in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris) and The American Civil War on Film and TV: Blue and Gray in Black and White and Color (Lexington Books, 2018) and essays in Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology and Outside In Makes it So, and Outside in Boldly Goes (both edited by Robert Smith). By day she teaches courses on the history of screenwriting and on television writing for the Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting programs. Her talk “The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room” at the 2016 TEDxCPP is available on YouTube.
“I believe there was a creator, for all of this could not be possible as accident. But I believe once he completed his creation he had no need to stay and watch how we steward it. So for me prayer, as in the chanting prewritten phrases in a prescribed community building, has no purpose. Rather say I meditate, as I ride through his creation.”
Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work—with an introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and a foreword by Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League—offers the late president’s inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America.
As debates on immigration continue to engulf the nation, this tribute to the importance of immigrants to our nation’s prominence and success is as timely as ever.
Many thanks to Ken Mills and the whole Zilch team for choosing to air the new segment I’m co-hosting with Dr. Sarah Clark, “Monkees 101” on Global Monkees Day — what a way to celebrate!
Happy Global Monkees Day! Drs. Rosanne Welch and Sarah Clark debut their new series for Zilch! entitled Monkees 101. Join them for a fun, thoughtful romp through “Royal Flush,” the first episode of The Monkees to air 52 years ago today, September 12, 1966, and discover some of the deeper meanings of the TV show and music we all know and love to the cultural impact of the Monkees from 1966 all the way to the present. Aired on 9/12/18.