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May 28, 2023
Beyond the Beats: Exploring the Cultural and Social Significance of Lesbian Dance Clubs

In the 1940s and 1950s, lesbian dance clubs emerged as vital spaces that went far beyond their primary function of providing a venue for dancing. For many women, these clubs represented a lifeline—a sanctuary where they could find solace, acceptance, and a sense of belonging within a community that understood and celebrated their identities.

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June 8, 2016
Ida Lupino's Noir Thriller The Hitch-Hiker Breaks Barriors

Widely considered to be the first Film Noir ever directed by a woman, The Hitch-Hiker is a taut thriller by Ida Lupino. Lupino was never one to shy away from serious and controversial subject matter in her films. Here is an excellent representation of her directorial talents - The Hitch-Hiker. Lupino co-wrote the screenplay.

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June 8, 2016
Alma Reville More Than Just Hitchcock's Wife

Throughout her career, Alma Reville was credited with over 30 screenwriting credits. Eleven of those were co-writing credits from "The Constant Nymph" in 1928 to "It’s in the Bag" in 1945. Twelve of her credits were on her own without her husband, Alfred Hitchcock. They include "A Romance of Seville" (1929), "The Outsider" (1931), and […]

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December 30, 2015
The Emergence of Pulp Genres

During the first half of the 20th century, the written word was the king of  popular entertainment. Although radio was growing in popularity, movies were developing quickly, and television was on the horizon, reading still remained a common pastime for people of all classes and levels of education. Writers and publishers recognized the breadth of […]

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November 30, 2015
Spring Fire Sparks an Inferno

Spring Fire, considered by many to be the novel that launched the lesbian pulp genre, was published in 1952 by Gold Medal Books. At the time, no one could have predicted the success and impact it would have. The novel eventually sold almost 1.5 million copies over three printings. In 1952, it actually outsold James M. Cain's hard-boiled detective novel, […]

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