academic history

“Above all, Langdon gives us one of the most penetrating and accessible analyses of political filmmaking in 1940s Hollywood I have read for a long, long time.”

Tony Shaw, The Journal of American History 97.1 (June 2010): 236-238

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Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood.  NY: The Gutenberg<e> Project, Columbia University Press, 2008.

“Langdon’s work is not just another book about one of the Hollywood Ten. It is a thought-provoking and often thoughtful exploration of key American cultural issues at a very conflicted time – thanks to the details in the book, but even more so in its online edition.”
Daniel J. Leab, Film History: An International Journal 22:3 (2010): 280-282

“…Langdon has not written a conventional biography. Instead she has woven a story of intrigue and betrayal, political drama and personal tragedy…. Her analysis, a tour de force, reconstructs the artistic, business and political deliberations that went into the making of Crossfire….Langdon’s study reveals the daily drama of duplicity and betrayal ultimately leading to the HUAC hearings in the fall of 1947.”                  

Andrew Feffer, History News Network

“I will be sending my students to this site both to show them how digital projects should be done and to see the wealth of HUAC materials. Thanks for the great resource.”

Louise Krasniewicz, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Anthologies and Journal Articles

“The Progressive Producer in the Studio System: Adrian Scott at RKO, 1944-1947.” In Un-American Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era. Frank Krutnick, et al., eds. NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

“Negotiating the Studio System: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Anti-Fascism in Cornered,” Film Studies: An International Review [special issue on the Hollywood Left]  7 (Winter 2005): 16-31.

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

“Film and Labor.” In Encyclopedia of US Labor & Working-Class History. Eric Arnesen et al., eds. NY: Routledge, 2005.

Book Review: Norma Barzman, The Red and the Blacklist: The Intimate Memoir of a Hollywood Expatriate. In Film Quarterly 59:1 (Fall 2005): 66-67.

“Gold Diggers of 1933” and “Gone with the Wind.” In Encyclopedia of the Great Depression. Robert McElvaine, ed. NY: St. James Press/Macmillan Reference USA (Gale Group), 2004.

“The Hollywood Ten.” In Encyclopedia of American Conspiracy Theories. Peter Knight, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2004.

Book Review: Michael E. Birdwell, Celluloid Soldiers: Warner Bros.’s Campaign Against Nazism. In Left History 7:1 (Spring 2001): 220-223.