20 million people can't be wrong: Anna Neagle and popular British stardom
Dolan, J. and Street, S. (2009) 20 million people can't be wrong: Anna Neagle and popular British stardom. In: Bell, M. and Williams, M., eds. (2009) British Women's Cinema. Routledge, pp. 34-48. ISBN 978-0415466967 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/8215
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This is a co-authored article included in a themed collection on British Women’s Cinema that constitutes the most recent contribution to the prestigious Routledge series, British Popular Cinema. It analyses the star persona of Anna Neagle, Britain’s biggest ever box office success, tracing significant shifts in star image, and the management of those shifts, from highly suspect sexualised glamour to the Regal embodiment of English femininity. Neagle’s star image is also located in the challenges to the film industry, and associated formulations of national identity, occasioned by the introduction of both sound and colour technologies.