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Soundies Jukebox Films and the Shift to Small-Screen Culture
by Andrea J. Kelley
Rutgers University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-8135-8635-9 | Paper: 978-0-8135-8633-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-8634-2
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.S653K45 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.267

Soundies Jukebox Films and the Shift to Small-Screen Culture is the first and only book to position what are called “Soundies” within the broader cultural and technological milieu of the 1940s. From 1940 to 1946, these musical films circulated in everyday venues, including bars, bowling alleys, train stations, hospitals, and even military bases. Viewers would pay a dime to watch them playing on the small screens of the Panoram jukebox. This book expands U.S. film history beyond both Hollywood and institutional film practices. Examining the dynamics between Soundies’ short musical films, the Panoram’s film-jukebox technology, their screening spaces and their popular discourse, Andrea J. Kelley provides an integrative approach to historic media exhibition. She situates the material conditions of Soundies’ screening sites alongside formal considerations of the films and their unique politics of representation to illuminate a formative moment in the history of the small screen.  

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