Researching Janet Dean: Perspectives on female collaboration in television production

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Lane, Christina
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Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
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The 1954 American television series Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (1954–1955) capitalised on the star power of its lead Ella Raines, business heft of CBS executive William Dozier, and cache of film producer Joan Harrison. Though a brainchild of Raines’, the series relied heavily on Harrison’s decades of nuts-and-bolts experience producing Hollywood films. It became a vehicle for both women to pool their creative talents, advance a growing medium, and comment on contemporary social issues. This contribution to the dossier considers the methodological challenges posed by analysing this instance of female collaboration in 1950s television production. It represents an effort to excavate undocumented production practices and women’s creativity, while decentring prevailing historical narratives surrounding the “great genius” male executive.
Feminist research methods , Television production , Women's collaboration , Historiography , Television history
Lane, C. (2021) 'Researching Janet Dean: Perspectives on female collaboration in television production', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 20, pp. 205-212. doi: 10.33178/alpha.20.15