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Title:
The RKO features : a complete filmography of the feature films released or produced by RKO Radio Pictures, 1929-1960
Author:
Neibaur, James L., 1958-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1994]

©1994
Physical Description:
xii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780899507873

9780899508696
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Book

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Summary

Noted for its "B" westerns, RKO also produced several movie classics; two were Citizen Kane and Gunga Din. Comprehensive filmographic data are included here for all of the studio's features: title, year of release, production credits, cast, genre, running time, alternate titles, availability on videocassette, and plot synopsis. Many entries give background information on the film's production and stars.


Summary

From police jargon to medical terminology, from the coarse language of death row to literary euphemisms, over 5,550 words and terms associated directly with death and dying are defined in this unique dictionary. The entries have been collected from 65 cultures, nine religions and 20 fields of study, including archeology, cryonics, theology, theater and the military. Definitions are identified (e.g., archaic, obsolete, slang) and, when appropriate, the occupation it is most closely connected to and variants of the expression are provided. The appended thesaurus gives commonly used words and the terms that are synonymous with them.


Author Notes

James L. Neibaur is a film historian and educator with more than 20 books and articles in Cineaste, Classic Images, Film Quarterly, Films in Review, Filmfax , and Encyclop#65533;dia Britannica .


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Quigley demonstrates that death can be a delight. This marvelous compilation has been created with thorough comprehension and an artful wink at a seemingly "tristisonous" topic. The language of death is documented across historical eras, cultures, professions, religions, and economic classes. Quigley provides brief, objective definitions of words and phrases from a remarkably wide range of sources, including slang and specialized dictionaries, death education texts, funeral industry journals, crime annals, psychological literature, the popular media, criminal justice practitioners, medical literature and personnel, literary sources, etc. Each entry includes the part of speech, plural form, definition, and, where appropriate, etymology, language, culture, field, or religion. All entries are English-language words, but translated expressions come from 30 modern and extinct languages. One of the qualities that make this work so engaging is its coverage of the formal and informal language of disciplines and professions ranging from archaeology, theology, law, and medicine to cryonics, detective fiction, and the military. A valuable thesaurus groups synonyms under 40 categories such as "assassination," "burial," "corpse," "execution," "graves," "murder," and "suicide." ("Afterlife" has about 100 synonyms ranging from "anastasis" to "zombie savane.") There is no overlap with the Encyclopedia of Death (1989), since each tool serves a distinct purpose. This dictionary skillfully captures the "last roundup" and lets the reader look forward to being "enskied" rather than "entombed." Suitable and useful for most libraries. J. A. Adams; SUNY at Buffalo