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I Died a Million Times: Gangster Noir in Midcentury America

Robert Miklitsch


The Age of Affluence. Ike and Mamie. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. In the United States, the 1950s have been memorialized as the Pax Americana. A similar stereotypical view has characterized the 1950s crime film. While the big-shot gangster dominated the headlines in the 1930s and the private eye graced the 1940s, both the gangster picture and film noir were declared DOA in the 1950s. There is, of course, another, less than perfect picture of the ’50s in which the tropes associated with the decade are rather darker. Commies. Aliens from outer space. The bomb. I Died a Million Times argues ... More

Keywords: Gangster, film noir, 1950s, rogue cop, syndicate, organized crime, heist film, race, class, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043611
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Miklitsch, author
Ohio University