February 8, 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Port Washington Library
1 Library Drive
Port Washington
NY 11050
Events Team

Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties – a Conversation with Author FOSTER HIRSCH

Join us for a special conversation with author and film professor Foster Hirsch as he discusses his critically acclaimed new book, Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties: The Collapse of the Studio System, the Thrill of Cinerama, and the Invasion of the Ultimate Body Snatcher. The conversation will be moderated by Regina Gil, Founder and Executive Director of the Gold Coast Arts Center.

This fascinating look at Hollywood’s most turbulent decade and the demise of the studio system is set against the boom of the post–World War II years, the Cold War, and the atomic age—and the movies that reflected the seismic shifts.

Praise for Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties:

“The definitive book on 1950s Hollywood.” Booklist

“An important, riveting look at our nation at its peak as a world power and at the political, cultural, sexual upheavals it endured, reflected and explored in the quintessential American art form.”

“A rich, expansive, and penetrating work of film and social history”

“A gripping yet informative report on a time in show business where threats to the industry seemingly lurked around every corner of society…[that] promises to entertain and educate movie lovers wanting to know more about the evolution of the film industry.”

This event is FREE to attend but you must RSVP. You may purchase an autographed copy of the book for $40. Click HERE to purchase the book.

*Books will be brought to the event. If you wish to pick up your book in advance at Gold Coast Arts, call 516-829-2570 and ask for Caroline or email caroline@goldcoastarts.org

Photo credit of Foster Hirsch: Vera Jaffe



Film: “Cause For Alarm!” (1951 – 74 min) – recommended by author Foster Hirsch

Port Washington Library – Tuesday, February 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Event Details:
Join us for this FREE film screening of Cause for Alarm!, scheduled to coincide with the Author Event with Foster Hirsch. The 1951 film Cause for Alarm! was recommended by Mr. Hirsch as an excellent primer for his book talk.

In this suspenseful film, invalid George Jones (Barry Sullivan) mistakenly believes his wife Ellen (Loretta Young) and his doctor (Bruce Cowling) are having an affair and are planning to kill him. He writes about his concerns in a letter to the district attorney. But when George suddenly drops dead, Ellen is faced with finding a way to retrieve the letter.

For more information or to attend, please click HERE.

Photo credit: MGM studios