The Hollywood Story
Wallflower Press, 2003 - 419 pages
This fully revised and updated edition of an award-winning classic traces the history of Hollywood from the silent era to the present day. The Hollywood Story comprehensively covers every aspect of movie-making in America, taking in nickelodeans, drive-ins and multiplexes; the transition from silent to sound, black and white to color; the relationships of producers, directors, stars and technicians; and the function and output of the studios - their major hits and most expensive flops.
Praise for the first edition:
'The Hollywood Story is a must for the movie buff... Never has so much information been compiled into one, easy to read, accessible volume.'
Bob Dorian, American Movie Classics
'A book that more than lives up to its claims... For all those unable to store sixty years of Variety under the bed, Mr Finler has performed an invaluable service.
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With so much box office information available constrained to the blockbuster era, it's great to have such a comprehensive and reliable source of earlier eras.
This compendium of Hollywood studio facts, figures and anecdotes seems fairly accurate and is a decent starting point for film researchers and historians. While not necessarily a page turner, I do find myself relying on this Almanac style text when I need to get started researching a particular topic.
Hollywood and the Silver Screen
Movies and Finance
Honours and Awards
PART TWO THE MAJOR HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
PART THREE THE FACTS AND FIGURES
Box Office Hits