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George Cukor: A Double Life

Patrick McGilligan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

One of the highest-paid studio contract directors of his time, George Cukor was nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Director. In publicity and mystique he was dubbed the “women’s ... More


Chapter Eleven

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the films made by George Cukor at the end of the Golden Age, including My Fair Lady (1964), for which Cukor won an Academy Award as best director. My Fair Lady was ... More


Chapter Four

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on George Cukor’s early career as a Hollywood director. Cukor was unusual among stage directors from the East Coast enticed to Hollywood for talkies, in that he found ... More


Chapter Ten

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the events that threatened the very existence of the once-powerful Hollywood movie studios during the 1950s, including the competition of television, the divestiture of ... More


Chapter Twelve

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the films made by George Cukor later in his career as Hollywood director, including The Blue Bird (1976) and Rich and Famous (1981). The Blue Bird was Cukor’s absolute ... More


Chapter Three

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on George Cukor’s career in Broadway before he became one of Hollywood’s consummate filmmakers. The 1920s were Broadway’s heyday, a decade in which the glorious past and ... More


Chapter Seven

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the films directed by George Cukor for MGM. Almost one month to the day after he was fired from Gone with the Wind Cukor’s contract with MGM took effect, and he ... More


Chapter Two

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on George Cukor’s attempt to land his first job in show business before he became one of Hollywood’s consummate filmmakers. At the age of eighteen, Cukor began to do what he ... More


Chapter Eight

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the films directed by George Cukor after World War II, including The Marrying Kind (1952), Pat and Mike (1952), and It Should Happen to You (1954). By 1945 and the end ... More


Chaptr Six

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on some important developments in George Cukor’s career as a Hollywood director, including the deaths of George Cukor’s mother, Helen Gross Cukor, and MGM producer Irving ... More


Chapter Nine

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses some of the films directed by George Cukor for MGM and other studios in the years after World War II, including Bhowani Junction (1956), Heller in Pink Tights (1960), and A ... More


Chapter One

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter presents a biography of George Cukor, one of Hollywood’s consummate filmmakers. Lineage was extremely important to this director of motion pictures about rootless orphans and waifs, ... More


Chapter Five

Patrick McGilligan

in George Cukor: A Double Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680382
eISBN:
9781452948843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680382.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines how George Cukor developed his reputation as a “woman’s director” in Hollywood while working for MGM. In various published interviews and the newspaper and magazine articles ... More


Introduction

Elyce Rae Helford

in What Price Hollywood?: Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813179292
eISBN:
9780813179308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813179292.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction argues the value of greater attention to the films of Hollywood director George Cukor than has been published to date. A brief Cukor history for the uninitiated leads into the chosen ... More


Introduction

R. Barton Palmer and Murray Pomerance

in George Cukor: Hollywood Master

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748693566
eISBN:
9781474416023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693566.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides a background into the life and work of film director George Cukor, contextualizing his career within a time of radical transition as Hollywood turned to sound ... More


George Cukor: Hollywood Master

Murray Pomerance and R. Barton Palmer (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748693566
eISBN:
9781474416023
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693566.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

George Cukor is one of the studio era's most famous and admired directors, with many of the American cinema's most beloved classics to his credit, including The Women, Gaslight, Adam's Rib, A Star is ... More


What Price Hollywood?: Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor

Elyce Rae Helford

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813179292
eISBN:
9780813179308
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813179292.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A prolific director of classic Hollywood cinema, George Cukor was known for his romantic comedies and dramas and his work with difficult leading ladies. For such work, he was labeled a “woman’s ... More


Conclusion

Elyce Rae Helford

in What Price Hollywood?: Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813179292
eISBN:
9780813179308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813179292.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The conclusion summarizes the approach used and the pleasures of studying gender in the films of Cukor. It also provides examples of how such studies might be expanded through differing ... More


Seventy-Five Watusi Witch Doctors

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Hermes Pan was hired by Twentieth Century-Fox to stage Cleopatra’s monumental procession into Rome for the film Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. Finishing business at Choreo Enterprises, Inc., a ... More


1932

Anthony Slide

in "It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167086
eISBN:
9780231538220
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167086.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In these diary entries written between June and December 1932, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett reveals that he was “impelled” to keep a diary after reading the Civil War diaries of his great ... More


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