Jim Brown: Cinematic Integration and Re-Segregation, 1967-1972 Open Access

Gleich, Joshua Abraham (2009)

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Jim Brown: Cinematic Integration and Re-Segregation, 1967-1972
By Joshua Gleich

Jim Brown announced his early retirement from the NFL in 1966, leaving the league as arguably its most dominant player in history, to pursue a Hollywood acting career. After the extraordinary success of The Dirty Dozen (1967), he became a leading man by 1968, reaching the peak of his acting career in 100 Rifles (1969). In the process, he shattered many of Hollywood's and America's most deep seated racial taboos; however after crossing the onscreen miscegenation barrier for African-American men in 100 Rifles, his career began a precipitous decline. By the early 1970's, he had been re-segregated to "Blaxploitation" features, losing almost the entire white audience that had supported his mainstream Hollywood career. This thesis examines the major industrial, cinematic, and cultural changes that rapidly ballasted and later destroyed his popular cinema stardom.

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Chapter 1: The Dirty Dozen (1967) and 100 Rifles (1969): Success and Failure Across the Mason Dixon Line...11
Chapter 2: Ice Station Zebra (1968): Jim Brown and the Super-Actioner...48
Chapter 3: The Split (1968) and the Splitting...77
Chapter 4: Slaughter (1972): Comeback and Throwback...107
Conclusion: How We Remember Jim Brown...137

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