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Is It a Musical?

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Popular

Films that were not, strictly speaking, musicals, could still employ a large amount of music and song. With generic boundaries not firmly established, “crossover” works were yet another way in which ... More


Dark Windows: Sunset Boulevard

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125701
eISBN:
9780813135403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter gives an analysis on Sunset Boulevard. It begins by describing the story conferences. The film's title refers to the passing of the old Hollywood: It recalls the tragic lives of has-been ... More


Pre-Code Walsh: The Big Camera

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Raoul Walsh became increasingly disenchanted with Fox after he directed What Price Glory? He was looking at two pictures he knew he'd aim directly at “Main Street.” Walsh felt depleted, literally ... More


Gloria Swanson

Mariusz Kotowski

in Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813144887
eISBN:
9780813145105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144887.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 9 continues to focus on the power of gossip articles in the early days of Hollywood. It chronicles a fake feud between Pola Negri and the other Paramount superstar, Gloria Swanson. As it ... More


Outliving Fame 1941–1957

Michael G. Ankerich

in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813136905
eISBN:
9780813141381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136905.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines Mae Murray’s vagabond lifestyle as she crisscrossed the country chasing a comeback and surviving on handouts from both strangers and old friends, such as Theda Bara, Loretta ... More


Metro-Goldwyn-Schary

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, the administrative changes at M-G-M and subsequent effects on the Metro product (post-WWII) are discussed. Louis B. Mayer’s truncated role as studio head is explored, as is the ... More


The Show is On

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, Walters meets his long-time companion, actor-turned-agent John Darrow and reports on their home life in New York. Walters performs in Transatlantic Rhythm in London, and is featured ... More


Epilogue

Michael Glover Smith and Adam Selzer

in Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231174497
eISBN:
9780231850797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174497.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the later fortunes and careers of the major players in Chicago's original motion-picture scene. George Kleine went into semi-retirement after the outbreak of World War I, but ... More


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