School of History

Dr Mark Glancy


Reader in Film History

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8358
Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.12


I am a film historian working mainly on American and British cinema and cinema-going. Much of my research has focused on the Hollywood studio system, historical films, Anglo-American film relations and the films of the Second World War. At present, I am writing a biography of Cary Grant that will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

I have written many articles on historical films for BBC History magazine. I have appeared in the media in radio programmes such as Archive Hour, Back Row, and Great Lives, and I was the editorial consultant for the documentary feature film Becoming Cary Grant (2017).


Research Interests:

My latest book, Hollywood and the Americanization of Britain, from the 1920s to the present (I.B. Tauris, 2013), is a study of British audiences and the reception of Hollywood films in Britain. This reflects my longstanding interest in transatlantic perspectives on film history. My first book, When Hollywood Loved Britain (Manchester University Press, 1999) was a study of Hollywood's representation of Britain during the Second World War. My next book will be a study of the most transatlantic of all film stars, Cary Grant.

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



Selected articles and chapters


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


Current PHD Students

  • Anna Christou – Hollywood Exports the American Family: responses, audiences and contexts in post-war Britain