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  Seeing Is Believing

Samuel Goldwyn is usually credited with the phrase, "If you have a message, call Western Union," which was gospel in Hollywood for decades. But their are messages and there are messages. It is the contention of this book that all films carry messages, overtly or not. Seeing Is Believing examines Hollywood films of the 1950s that everybody saw but nobody really looked at, classics such as Giant, On the Waterfront, Rebel Without a Cause, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Blackboard Jungle, and so on, and shows how movies that appear to be politically innocent—westerns, weepies, science fiction movies—in fact bear an ideological burden. As we watch organization men and rugged individualists, housewives and career women, bad dads and smothering moms, men in uniform and men in aprons, cops and docs, teen angels and teen werewolves fight it out across the screen from the mean streets of the big city to suburbia to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, we understand that we have been watching one long dispute about how to be a man, a woman, an American—in other words, the political conflicts of the time in action.