Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s

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University of California Press, Nov 23, 1999 - Performing Arts - 571 pages
Boom and Bust traces the movie industry through the momentous decade of the 1940s. It discusses changes in the structure of the studio system—including the shift to independent production—and the dominant stars, genres, and production trends through the period.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Motion Picture Industry in 19401941 11 2 The Motion Picture Industry in 19401941
41
Prewar Stars Genres and Production Trends
79
The Motion Picture Industry During World War II 131 5 The Motion Picture Industry During World War II
169
Wartime Stars Genres and Production Trends
203
The Office of War Information
262
The Postwar Motion Picture Industry 285 9 The Postwar Motion Picture Industry
313
The Hollywood Studio System 19461949
329
Television and Hollywood in the 1940s
422
Experimental and AvantGarde Cinema in the 1940s
445
Total Number of Theaters in the United States 19401950
461
Exhibitors Poll of Top Ten BoxOffice Stars 19401949
469
National Board of Review 19401949
479
Bibliography
527
General Index
535
Index of Films
561

Postwar Stars Genres and Production Trends
353
Documenting the 1940s
397

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About the author (1999)

Thomas Schatz is Philip G. Warner Professor of Communication at the University of Texas, Austin. His previous books include The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era (1996) and Hollywood Film Genres (1980). He is a regular contributor to various television programs on film, including the PBS series The American Cinema.

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