LIBRARIANS IN THE MOVIES: An Annotated Filmography
by Martin Raish
The "librarian stereotype" has long been the focus of articles, letters, workshops, conversations, and possibly even dreams and nightmares, but analyses have usually been based on limited personal experience with a small number of examples, whether books, television programs, or in this case, commercial motion pictures.
Is the meek spinster with her hair in a bun (such as Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life or Hilda Plowright in Philadelphia Story) more or less common than the young, innocent blonde (such as Carole Lombard in No Man of Her Own or Goldie Hawn in Foul Play)? Are male librarians more often like the surly John Rothman in Sophie's Choice, the…