Twentieth Century-Fox: A Corporate and Financial History

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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New in Paperback! In 1935, two film production companies merged to form one of the most influential corporations in the world--Twentieth Century-Fox. Here is the story of that dynamic company and of the personalities who molded it over the past fifty years, from Darryl F. Zanuk to Barry Diller. Unlike any previous volume on a film studio, this in-depth history is told from a corporate viewpoint, covering the trends that influenced film-making, profit-making incentives, and the creative policies resulting in films like The Grapes of Wrath, the Snake Pit, The Robe, Cleopatra, The Towering Inferno, and Star Wars. The book spans the birth of the movies; the rise of the studio system; the coming of sound; the Consent Decrees; the development of CinemaScope; the growth of independent production; and the video revolution. The result is an inside view of how the studio operated, with information never before published on the costs and grosses of films, as well as exclusive interviews and memos. Available in paperback 2001. Cloth version previously published in 1988.
 

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Contents

1 The Movies become an Industry
1
2 Fox Starts Again
14
3 Fox on the March
24
4 Darryl ZanuckMan or Mogul?
39
5 The Tail that Wagged the Dog
49
6 Boom Years
58
7 Enter the Fifties
70
8 The Coming of CinemaScope
81
14 Darryl Zanuck Rides Again
146
15 Upheaval
156
16 New Policies and New Forces
167
17 Star Wars and Beyond
179
18 A Private Company
192
19 After Davis
204
Chapter Notes
207
Bibliography
213

9 Trouble in Paradise
91
10 The Budget Mystique
107
11 The Adler Years
119
12 Decline and Fall
132
13 The Cleopatra Years
140
Domestic Rentals
217
Production Costs
238
Index
261
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Aubrey Solomon has been an active television writer/story editor and also produced the Twentieth Century-Fox television show That's Hollywood.

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