We've always been aware that films are not immaculately created. Smyth's work is a meticulously researched history of how women entered, developed, sustained, and grew within the Hollywood dream factory.
It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.
The Cagney features collected here are not "must-owns", but they are enjoyable "might-owns" for anyone who takes pleasure in watching a talented actor finding moments of undiluted joy in work-a-day films.