City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures

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University Press of Kentucky, 1 янв. 1997 г. - Всего страниц: 249
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 soon entered the realm of 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. His son took over in 1929 and the quality of the Universal product improved. 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.
 

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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

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The Revolving Door
1
The Creation of Uncle Carl
10
The City Founder
33
Pearls of Wisdom Jewels of Films
42
The House of Laemmle
58
The Legacy of Carl Jr
73
The Laemmles Last Decade
95
New Faces for the Forties
106
UniversalInternational and a Coat of Shellac
135
In the Embrace of the Octopus
155
Behind the Rising Sun
183
MCA on the Rocks
203
Notes
223
Bibliography
236
Index
240
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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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