Iowa City, IA 52242, United States
Doherty received a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in 1984.
502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258, United States
Doherty received a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University.
(In this cultural history of the USA during World War II, ...)
In this cultural history of the USA during World War II, Thomas Doherty examines the interaction between Hollywood cinema and America's involvement in the war. He reveals how and why Hollywood marshalled its artistic resources on behalf of the war effort, giving a voice to many different groups' viewpoints: the motion picture industry itself; government agencies; and audiences at home and overseas. Doherty proves that war-time Hollywood was not a rigidly controlled propaganda machine, as is often assumed, but an ad-hoc collaborative effort between the government and the film industry. He explains the social, political and economic forces that created genre classics such as "Mrs Miniver" and "Air Force" as well as comedies, musicals, newsreels, documentaries, cartoons and army training films.
(Pre-Code Hollywood explores the fascinating period in Ame...)
Pre-Code Hollywood explores the fascinating period in American motion picture history from 1930 to 1934 when the commandments of the Production Code Administration were violated with impunity in a series of wildly unconventional films - a time when censorship was lax and Hollywood made the most of it. Though more unbridled, salacious, subversive, and just plain bizarre than what came afterwards, the films of the period do indeed have the look of Hollywood cinema - but the moral terrain is so off-kilter that they seem imported from a parallel universe. In a sense, Doherty avers, the films of pre-Code Hollywood are from another universe.
(Teenagers and Teenpics tells the story of two signature d...)
Teenagers and Teenpics tells the story of two signature developments in the 1950s: the decline of the classical Hollywood cinema and the emergence of that strange new creature, the American teenager. Hollywood's discovery of the teenage moviegoer initiated a progressive "juvenilization" of film content that is today the operative reality of the American motion picture industry.
(Conventional wisdom holds that television was a co-conspi...)
Conventional wisdom holds that television was a co-conspirator in the repressions of Cold War America, that it was a facilitator to the blacklist and handmaiden to McCarthyism. But Thomas Doherty argues that, through the influence of television, America actually became a more open and tolerant place. Although many books have been written about this period, Cold War, Cool Medium is the only one to examine it through the lens of television programming.
(From 1934 to 1954 Joseph I. Breen, a media-savvy Victoria...)
From 1934 to 1954 Joseph I. Breen, a media-savvy Victorian Irishman, reigned over the Production Code Administration, the Hollywood office tasked with censoring the American screen. Though little known outside the ranks of the studio system, this former journalist and public relations agent was one of the most powerful men in the motion picture industry. As enforcer of the puritanical Production Code, Breen dictated "final cut" over more movies than anyone in the history of American cinema. His editorial decisions profoundly influenced the images and values projected by Hollywood during the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
(Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and t...)
Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as Hitler's Reign of Terror (1934), a pioneering anti-Nazi docudrama by Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.; I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), a sensational true tale of "a Hollywood girl in Naziland!"; and Professor Mamlock (1938), an anti-Nazi film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union.
Doherty received a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in 1984. He also received a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University.
Thomas Doherty is a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema. His usual day job is as a professor of American Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, known as the Watch City because of its famous timepiece factory. Doherty is also an associate editor for the film magazine Cineaste and film review editor for the Journal of American History.
Thomas Doherty's books explore American cinematic history within the greater context of American culture. His most recent and highly acclaimed book is "Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist". He is also an actor, known for The Breaking Point (2013), Insanity (2011) and American Masters (1985).
(Pre-Code Hollywood explores the fascinating period in Ame...)1999
(Teenagers and Teenpics tells the story of two signature d...)2002
(Conventional wisdom holds that television was a co-conspi...)2003
(Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and t...)2013
(In this cultural history of the USA during World War II, ...)1993
(From 1934 to 1954 Joseph I. Breen, a media-savvy Victoria...)2007
Thomas is married to Sandra Doherty.