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“A Hell of a Big Break”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter traces Spielberg’s unconventional path to becoming a professional filmmaker. Spielberg never attended film school. Universal Studios served as his training ground, which gave him an ... More


“The Greatest Picture Ever Made”

Harlow Robinson

in Lewis Milestone: Life and Films

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813178332
eISBN:
9780813178349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178332.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The subject of this chapter is the Oscar-winning film All Quiet on the Western Front. After discussion of why the Laemmle family’s Universal Studios wanted to make film of Erich Maria Remarque’s ... More


The Music Factory

John Caps

in Henry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036736
eISBN:
9780252093845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036736.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter details events following Mancini's employment as a Universal Studios staff composer in 1952. The Universal Studios staff composers were a highly organized, well-oiled team, able to score ... More


Bravura Beginnings: Paul Leni and the Art of the Prologue

Martin F. Norden

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the conclusion of Leni’s film-related work in Germany and the beginning of his employment with Universal Studios. “Bravura Beginnings” argues that the bridge between these two ... More


A Jump Start

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the finding of a home for the film, and describes contracts signed and last-minute preparations. Universal Studios had set up a youth unit to attract younger audiences, and the ... More


The Monster Mash: Sons of the House of Frankenstein

Robert Horton

in Frankenstein

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167437
eISBN:
9780231850568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167437.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter remarks on the enduring appeal of Frankenstein (1931) over the years, the film itself becoming a phenomenon independent from earlier cinematic portrayals of the novel, if not the novel ... More


Hollywood at Last

Jonathan R. Eller

in Becoming Ray Bradbury

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036293
eISBN:
9780252093357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.003.0044
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines the new and largely unexpected opportunities that were beginning to open for Ray Bradbury in Hollywood during the 1950s. During the summer and fall of 1952, Bradbury was able to ... More


The 1980s Gallery

Tom Mankiewicz

in My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813136059
eISBN:
9780813141169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136059.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

More sketches of Hollywood movers and shakers. Mankiewicz relishes his time with Hollywood icons. His life is richer for these experiences.


The Animal Kingdom

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter three moves to 20th Century-Fox, with chief Darryl Zanuck expressing great confidence in the roadshow format. Among his projects is a musical film version of Doctor Dolittle. Producing the ... More


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