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date: 07 August 2020

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This chapteris about genre theory related to the film musical. It highlights the long-standing critical bias toward the integrated musical, where narrative considerations are primary rather than performance opportunities. It summarizes relevant issues in genre theory within the film studies discipline, considers the critical treatment of the classical Hollywood musical, and offers a critique of the historical narrative of the integrated musical. This chapteralso considers singing cowboy films of the 1930s, particularly those starring Gene Autry.

Keywords: film musical, genre theory, integrated musical, film studies, Hollywood musical, singing cowboy films, Gene Autry

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