Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reissue edition (February 11, 2014)
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In 1939, fifty million americans went to the films a week, Louis B. Mayer was once the highest-paid guy within the kingdom, and Hollywood produced 530 characteristic motion pictures a yr. One decade and 5 thousand video clips later, the studios have been faltering. The Forties turned the last decade of Hollywood's decline: anticommunist hysteria excommunicated a few of its top expertise, whereas a 1948 antitrust consent decree ended a few of the company practices that had made the studio procedure so profitable.In this masterful paintings of cultural heritage, the mythical Otto Friedrich tells the tale of Hollywood's heyday and decline in a shiny narrative that includes an all-star forged of the actors, writers, musicians, composers, manufacturers, administrators, racketeers, exertions leaders, newshounds, and politicians who performed significant elements within the motion picture capital through the turbulent decade from global battle II to the Korean War.Friedrich attracts on assets from big name biographies to trade-union historical past, mingling energetic gossip with research of Hollywood's seedier company dealings and telling the tales of mythical videos reminiscent of Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and All approximately Eve.A vintage portrait of a different position in a unique time, urban of Nets provides us a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse right into a bygone period that also captivates our imaginations.