Mondays at the Mess – January 2020 at 11am

Lecturer: Dr Megan McGurk

For three decades in Hollywood, films built around female stars were considered prestigious and profitable. From 1929-1959, cinema patrons chose among a variety stories that placed women at the centre of the celluloid universe. Women played writers, doctors, politicians, lawyers, gangsters, showgirls, entrepreneurs, shop girls, sex workers, and con artists. No matter what role men played (scoundrel, monster, swoon merchant, or patsy), it was always secondary to the leading woman. Themes from woman’s pictures about sex, success, style, and strategies for living in a man’s world have never been more relevant than they are today. Let’s recall a time when Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Constance Bennett, Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard, Margaret Sullavan, and Susan Hayward ruled the big screen.

Dr Megan McGurk is the Director of the Business Academic Writing Centre in UCD. She hosts a podcast and film club called Sass Mouth Dames