Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood

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Acknowledgments

My thanks to Leslie Mitchner for initiating this project; to Dana Miller, for her excellent typing of my handwritten manuscript; to Mikita Brottman, David Sterritt, Patrice Petro, Lucy Fischer, Frank Tomasulo, Christopher Sharrett, Valérie Orlando, and many other colleagues for their advice and counsel; to Eric Schramm, for his superb job in editing the book; and of course to Gwendolyn Foster, who remains my best advisor and critic. The author also wishes to extend special thanks to Richard Graham, reference librarian at Love Library, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for his unstinting research assistance, and to Barry Keith Grant and Murray Pomerance for their useful comments on various drafts of this manuscript. Brief portions of chapter 6 first appeared as part of the article “Fast Worker: The Films of Sam Newfield,” in Senses of Cinema; my thanks to Rolando Caputo, editor, for permission to reprint these materials here. This text also incorporates brief sections of A Short History of Film by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, reprinted through the courtesy of Rutgers University Press. The photos in this volume appear through the courtesy of the Jerry Ohlinger Archives; all box office figures come from the Box Office Mojo website.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Prologue 1
  • Chapter 1 - The Postwar Collapse 12
  • Chapter 2 - White Fang at Columbia 36
  • Chapter 3 - Z for Zanuck 65
  • Chapter 4 - Mayer’s Mgm 88
  • Chapter 5 - Zukor and Paramount 113
  • Chapter 6 - The Major Minors 136
  • Chapter 7 - Universal Goes Corporate 168
  • Chapter 8 - That’s All, Folks- Jack Warner’s Lost Kingdom 192
  • Works Cited and Consulted 225
  • Index 231
  • About the Author 249
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