Spectacle and Introspection: Hollywood in the late 1940s and 1950s

Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944, Dir. Billy Wilder)
"Shadows of Suspense"  (Short documentary on Double Indemnity)
"Hard-boiled Film Noir"  by Gaylyn Studlar (an analysis of Double Indemnity)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952, Dir. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donan)
"Winking at the Audience" by Jane Feuer (an analysis of Singin' in the Rain)

On the Waterfront (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954, Dir. Elia Kazan)
Discussion questions on On the Waterfront
"Contender: Mastering the Method" (Short documentary on On the Waterfront)
On the Waterfront  by Robert Sklar (a short essay on On the Waterfront)

Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window (1954, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Discussion questions on
Rear Window

Olivia de Havilland (and the Government) Challenge the Moguls – from TCM's "Moguls & Movie Stars" 
Film Noir – from "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" 
Social Problem Films – from TCM's "Moguls & Movie Stars" 
HUAC, The Hollywood Ten, & The Blacklist – from TCM's "Moguls & Movie Stars" and "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" 
The Coming of Television – from TCM's "Moguls & Movie Stars" 

The Big Sleep (1946, Dir. Howard Hawks)
Notorious (1946, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Dir. John Huston)
The Searchers (1956, Dir. John Ford)