Ida Lupino, Director by Therese Grisham and Julie Grossman
Rutgers University Press presents Ida Lupino, Director: Her Art and Resilience in Times of Transition (May 2017), the first study devoted to a fascinating and largely ignored voice in American cinema. While addressing the context of Lupino’s work, with special attention to censorship, authors Therese Grisham and Julie Grossman focus on the films of the 1950s, including the feminist sports drama Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951), the highway-bound noir The Hitch-Hiker, and the wonderful Edmond O’Brien vehicle The Bigamist (both 1953). The text finishes with much-needed attention to Lupino’s work on the small screen, where she helmed golden-age theater, thrillers, westerns, and even Gilligan’s Island! To read about Lupino’s handling of episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (“Sybilla”, 1960; “A Crime for Mothers”, 1961) and the famous Twilight Zone episode “The Masks” (1964) should be enough for the price of admission.