Professor Mark Glancy
Professor of Film History
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8358Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.12
I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and I have lived in Britain for many years. My background has fuelled my interest in transatlantic film perspectives, starting with my first book, When Hollywood Loved Britain (1999), and continuing with Hollywood and the Americanization of Britain (2014). More recently, I completed a research project centred on the life and work of the most transatlantic of film stars, Cary Grant. This resulted in the documentary film Becoming Cary Grant (2017), which was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, and in the book Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend (2020). My other research interests include the Hollywood studio system, historical films, and cinema-going. I have also written extensively on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, including the book The 39 Steps: A British Film Guide (2003), and I was a co-editor (with James Chapman and Sue Harper) of the collection The New Film History: Sources, Methods, Approaches (2007).
I have written many articles about historical films for the magazines BBC History and History Revealed, and I have appeared in the media in radio programmes such as Archive Hour, Back Row, Free Thinking, and Great Lives.
My latest book, Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend (2020), is a biography based on Cary Grant’s own personal papers as well as the production papers of several Hollywood studios, and the city of Bristol Archives. Exploring Grant’s life and career continues my longstanding interest in using archival research to explore and shed new light on the history of films, filmmaking, and cinema-going.
Other research interests include:
• Alfred Hitchcock
• Anglo-American relations
• American and British film audiences
• Cinema-going in Britain and the USA
• Film culture, including film criticism and fan magazines
• Historical films
• The Hollywood studio system
• London in films
• Propaganda and the Second World War
- Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend, Oxford University Press, 2020.
- Hollywood and the Americanization of Britain (link is external), from the 1920s to the present, I.B.Tauris, 2013
- The New Film History: Approaches, Methods and Sources (link is external), Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, (co-edited with James Chapman and Sue Harper)
- The 39 Steps: A British Film Guide (link is external), I.B. Tauris, 2003
- When Hollywood Loved Britain: The Hollywood British Film (link is external), 1939-1945, Manchester University Press, 1999, 288 pages
Selected articles and chapters
‘“A Relic of the Bad Old Days”: Hollywood’s London in None But the Lonely Heart (1944)’, in P. Hirsch and C. O’Rourke (eds), London on Film: The City and Social Change, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2018, pp. 57-72.
‘Don’t Fence Me In: The Making of Night and Day (1946)’, in Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance (eds), The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz, University of Texas Press in 2018, pp. 55-67.
‘The Awful Truth About Cary Grant’, in Iwan Morgan (ed.), Hollywood and the Great Depression: Movies, Politics and Society in the 1930s, Edinburgh University Press, 2016, pp. 159-72.
- ‘Picturegoer: The Fan Magazine and Popular Film Culture in Britain During the Second World War’, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (link is external), 31:4 (2011), pp. 453-78
- ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934): Alfred Hitchcock, John Buchan and The Thrill of the Chase’, in B. Palmer and D. Boyd (eds), Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adaptor (link is external), State University of New York Press, 2011, pp. 77-89
- ‘The Hollywood Woman’s Film and British Audiences’, in M. Bell and M. Williams (eds), The British Woman’s Picture [British Popular Cinema Series], Routledge, 2010, pp. 49-62
- ‘What Would Bette Davis Do? British Reactions to Bette Davis in the 1940s: A Case Study of Now, Voyager’ (1942), Screen (link is external), 49:1 (Spring, 2008), pp. 77-85
- ‘Cinema-going in the United States in the mid-1930s’, in R. Allen, R. Maltby and M. Stokes (eds), Hollywood and the Social Experience of Movie-going (link is external), University of Exeter, 2007, pp. 155-95. Co-authored with John Sedgwick
- ‘Blackmail (1929), Hitchcock and Film Nationalism’, in J. Chapman, M. Glancy and S. Harper (eds), The New Film History: Approaches, Methods and Sources (link is external), Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 185-200
- ‘Temporary American Citizens? British Audiences, Hollywood Films and the Threat of Americanization in the 1920s’, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (link is external), 26:4 (2006), pp. 461-484
- ‘The War of Independence in Feature Films: The Patriot (2000) and the Special Relationship between Hollywood and Britain’, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (link is external), 25:4 (2005), pp. 523-46
- 'Dreaming of Christmas: Hollywood and the Second World War', in Mark Connelly (ed.), Christmas at the Movies: Images of Christmas in American, British and European Films (link is external), I.B. Tauris, 2000, pp. 59-76
- 'Hollywood and Britain: The Case of MGM-British', in Jeffrey Richards (ed.), The Unknown 1930s: An Alternative History of British Cinema (link is external), 1929-1939, I.B. Tauris, 1998, pp. 57-74
- 'Warner Bros. Film Grosses, 1924-1951: The William Schaefer Ledger', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (link is external), 15:1 (1995), pp. 55-74
- 'MGM Film Grosses, 1924-1948: The Eddie Mannix Ledger', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (link is external), 12:2 (1992), pp. 127-143
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- Any area of film history
- American cultural history
- British cultural history