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On with the Show!

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/9780195377347.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

The earliest rivals of The Broadway Melody were compelled to grapple with a distinctive group of artistic and technical challenges. Warners' The Desert Song, the screen's first operetta, and Fox's ... More


Fifteen Cents a Dance

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/9780199754298.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

The Pan family moves to Hollywood where Hermes and Vasso discover that securing work in musical films is more difficult than they had imagined. Hermes acquires a variety of odd jobs before taking a ... More


The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

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/9780199754298.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

With The Gay Divorcee, Pan begins a seven-year association with RKO that includes the choreography for every Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical through The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, though he ... More


Introduction

Ronny Regev

in Working in Hollywood: How the Studio System Turned Creativity into Labor

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469636504
eISBN:
9781469636771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636504.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides an overview of the main themes of the book. It explains Working in Hollywood’s main objective: to redraw the glamorous image of Hollywood and demonstrate that the film ... More


In the Realm of the Fantastic

Bryan Turnock

in Studying Horror Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325895
eISBN:
9781800342460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325895.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates 'the realm of the fantastic'. According to philosopher Tzvetan Todorov, such a state exists only as long as there is indecision over whether the event is indeed a ... More


Two O’Clock Courage (1945)

Max Alvarez

in The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039249
eISBN:
9781626740051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039249.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Anthony Mann’s initial film for RKO, the comic mystery Two O’Clock Courage, a low-budget remake of the 1936 picture Two in the Dark, is the focus of this chapter. Tom Conway stars as a murder suspect ... More


Desperate (1947)

Max Alvarez

in The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039249
eISBN:
9781626740051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039249.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The film noir Desperate is the focus of this chapter and was a career turning point for Anthony Mann, who co-wrote the story upon which it was based. The chapter utilizes research conducted at UCLA ... More


Follow Me Quietly (1949)

Max Alvarez

in The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039249
eISBN:
9781626740051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039249.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The one film discussed at length in this book that Anthony Mann did not direct is Richard Fleischer’s Follow Me Quietly, a 1949 policier based on a story Mann co-wrote. In this chapter, a comparison ... More


Working in Europe

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/9780813144887.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The stock market crash of 1929 hits the remainder of Negri's assets, costing her millions of dollars. Chapter 17 reminds us how versatile an entertainer Negri is, as she steps back into theatrical ... More


Sutton Place

Allan R. Ellenberger

in Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813174310
eISBN:
9780813174822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813174310.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

During the run of Jezebel, Hopkins buys the Sutton Place townhouse of the late literary agent Elisabeth Marbury. While it is remodeled, she returns to Hollywood to make She Loves Me Not, with Bing ... More


It’s All Playing in Sheboygan: Roxy, Rapee, and the Emergence of Convergence (1928–1931)

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Roxy's career from 1928–1931. Topics covered include the tremendous success of Roxy Theatre, which had sold six and a half million tickets and had cumulative grosses over $5.5 ... 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


Roaring in the Twenties

Steven C. Smith

in Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood's Most Influential Composer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190623272
eISBN:
9780190623302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190623272.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

Now established as a Broadway musical director, Steiner would spend the rest of the 1920s living large—and often beyond his means—with New York’s most celebrated stage talents. He also ... More


Chapter 13

Mark Glancy

in Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190053130
eISBN:
9780190053161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190053130.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

In 1937, Cary Grant’s career as a freelance star began with three screwball comedies that established him as the master of this genre. Topper (1937), made by the independent producer Hal Roach, ... More


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