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Palgrave Macmillan

Ealing Revisited

ISBN 9781844575107
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher British Film Institute

Ealing Revisited provides a major reappraisal of one of British cinema's best-loved institutions, Ealing Studios.
During its heyday, Ealing produced a string of classic comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955), but there is much more to Ealing than these films, as this volume of new writing on the studio shows.

Addressing both known and less familiar aspects of Ealing's story, its films, actors and technicians, the contributors uncover what has gone unexplored, or unspoken, in previous histories of the studio, and consider the impact that Ealing has had on British cultural life from the 1930s to the present.

Listed in the Independent on Sunday's Cinema books of 2012




  • Long-listed Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

MARK DUGUID is a senior curator at the BFI National Archive. He is the author of the BFI TV Classic on Cracker (2009).
MELANIE WILLIAMS is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. She is the author of Prisoners of Gender: Women in the Films of J. Lee Thompson (2009), and a co-editor of British Women's Cinema (2009).
KEITH M. JOHNSTON is Senior Lecturer in Film & Television at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of Coming Soon: Film Trailers and the Selling of Hollywood Technology (2009) and Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction (2011).
LEE FREEMAN is a PhD Student in Ealing Studios at the University of Hull, UK.

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Revisiting Ealing

1 A Lad, a Lass and the Loch Ness Monster: The Pre-History
of Ealing
Steve Chibnall

2 Inside Ealing: The Evidence of the Aileen and Michael Balcon Collection
Janet Moat

3 Pen Tennyson: Balcon's Golden Boy
Martin Carter

4 The People's War: The Making of Ealing
Andrew Roberts

5 From Tinsel to Realism and Back Again: Balcon, Ealing and Documentary
Mark Duguid and Catherine McGahan

6 'Mild Revolution'?: Ealing Studios and the Political and Social Consensus
Lee Freeman

7 Dark Shadows Around Ealing
Robert Murphy

8 Selling Ealing
Nathalie Morris

9 Georges Auric: Ealing's French Dressing
Geoff Brown

10 Anthony Mendleson: Ealing's Wardrobe Wizard
Catherine A. Surowiec

11 Kind Hearts and Campery: The Ealing Family Perverts
Andrew Moor

12 That Ealing Feeling: 'Ealing Comedies' and Comedies
'made at Ealing'
Tim O'Sullivan

13 Ambiguity and Achievement: Alec Guinness's Ealing
James Walters

14 Children of Ealing
Colin Sell

15 Ealing's Australian Adventure
Stephen Morgan

16 'Who'll pay for reality?': Ealing, Dreams and Fantasy
Josephine Botting

17 A Feminine Touch? Ealing's Women
Melanie Williams

18 'A riot of all the colours in the rainbow': Ealing Studios
in Colour
Keith M. Johnston

19 Against the Grain: Kenneth Tynan at Ealing
Charles Barr

20 The Legacy of Ealing
Dylan Cave

Michael Balcon's Ealing Studios: A Filmography


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