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Ethnicity and the Inner City in Hollywood Film. Multiethnic cityscapes are not new to Hollywood; their roots stretch back to the gangster films of the 1920s and 1930s and to the social problem films of the 1940s. Films focused on young people in the inner city, whether teen delinquency films, urban gang films, or urban missionary films, subsequently became popular in the 1950s and 1960s.2 In this era of “white flight” from large urban communities and African American and Latino migration to northeastern and western cities, these films exploited Anglocentric fears of juvenile delinquency and racial militancy in urban centers. Notable examples include Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, 1955), The Young Savages (John Frankenheimer, 1961), and Up the Down Staircase (Robert Mulligan, 1967).3 These movies established an iconography of urban environments and narrative expectations that both reflected and reinforced hegemonic notions of race, ethnicity, and class tied to housing and perceived safety in the United States. For
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  • Fall '13
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  • Film genres, Action film, Hong Kong action cinema, urban missionary films

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