City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures

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University Press of Kentucky, 13 янв. 2015 г. - Всего страниц: 288

Horror films. Deanna Durbin musicals. Francis the talking mule. Ma and Pa Kettle. Ross Hunter weepies. Theme parks. ET. Apollo 13. These are only a few of the many faces of Universal Pictures.

In February 1906 Carl Laemmle, German immigrant and former clothing store manager, opened his first nickelodeon in Chicago. He quickly moved from exhibition to distribution and to film production. A master of publicity and promotions, within ten years "Uncle Carl" had moved his entire operation to southern California, founded a city, and established Universal Pictures as one of the major Hollywood studios.

In time Universal found its niche in horror films featuring Karloff and Lugosi, comedies starring Abbott and Costello and W.C. Fields, and low-budget musicals. But Carl Laemmle Jr. proved less adept than his father at empire building. Eventually he was forced out by financial difficulties, opening the way for a string of studio heads who entered and exited one after another. Thus the age of corporate Hollywood arrived at Universal Pictures earlier than at other studios.

The Universal-International merger in 1946, Decca's stock takeover in the early 1950s, and MCA's buyout in 1962 all presaged today's Hollywood, where the art of the deal often eclipses the art of making movies. Stars and executives have come and gone, shaping and reshaping the studio's image, but through it all Universal's revolving globe logo has remained on movie screens around the world. And, unlike several other studios of Hollywood's golden age, Universal still makes movies today.


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Though not thorough enough to be definitive, this concise account of Universal's transformation from the silent era to the present is a useful resource for anyone interested in James Whale, Deanna ... Читать весь отзыв

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With roots dating back to the first decade of the century, Hollywood's most venerable studio is an interesting case study. Universal's founder, Carl Laemmle, was more adept at promotion than at ... Читать весь отзыв


1 The Revolving Door
2 The Creation of Uncle Carl
3 The City Founder
4 Pearls of Wisdom Jewels of Films
5 The House of Laemmle
6 The Legacy of Carl Jr
7 The Laemmles Last Decade
8 New Faces for the Forties
9 UniversalInternational and a Coat of Shellac
10 In the Embrace of the Octopus
11 Behind the Rising Sun
12 MCA on the Rocks
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Bernard F. Dick is professor emeritus of communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of "Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell"; "Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty"; "Hollywood Madonna: Loretta Young" (all published by University Press of Mississippi); and several other books.

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