American Film Studios: An Historical Encyclopedia

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The business of filmmaking began with the Thomas Edison Studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Many studios have come and gone since then. From the little guys like feisty Mark Dintenfass and his 1905 "Actophone" unit (an unlicensed Pathe camera furtively grinding out films in defiance of the Motion Picture Patents Company) to heavyweights like Samuel Goldwyn and M-G-M, 66 studios of all sizes and specialties are covered in this book. The culmination of many years of exhaustive research, these detailed histories ...

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Overview

The business of filmmaking began with the Thomas Edison Studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Many studios have come and gone since then. From the little guys like feisty Mark Dintenfass and his 1905 "Actophone" unit (an unlicensed Pathe camera furtively grinding out films in defiance of the Motion Picture Patents Company) to heavyweights like Samuel Goldwyn and M-G-M, 66 studios of all sizes and specialties are covered in this book. The culmination of many years of exhaustive research, these detailed histories discuss films, stars, successes, and catastrophes. Numerous rare photographs are included.

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this one will always be a favorite of mine
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fascinating...detailed...lively...informative and enjoyable
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wealth of detail
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Not an exhaustive encyclopedia of film studies, but a thorough study of 66 studios of all sizes and specialities. Treated alphabetically, each entry is a history which discusses stars, successes, and failures. Includes some rare photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413256
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/27/2001
  • Edition description: ALTERNATE
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Gene Fernett spent many years in the motion picture industry, working as a director and scriptwriter. He was also a college professor, author, and big band leader. He lived in Ingram, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword xi
The Studios
Actophone 1
American Film Manufacturing Co. 3
The American Mutoscope and Biograph Co. 8
Astoria Studio 12
Astra Films 16
Balboa Studios 18
Balshofer's Studios 22
The California Motion Picture Corp. 27
Cayuga Pictures 30
Champion and Others Along the Palisades 33
The Chaplin Studios 38
Columbia Pictures 41
The Cosmopolitan Studio 47
Crystal Studio 50
The Larry Darmour Studio 51
J. Charles Davis Studios 54
Diando 56
The Walt Disney Studio 60
The Thomas Dixon Studio 67
The Edison Studio 68
Essanay 73
First National 81
Florida Studios 83
Fox--With and Without 20th Century 86
Goldwyn Studios 93
Grand National 98
The D.W. Griffith Studio 101
Grossman Pictures Studio 105
William S. Hart 109
The Haworth Studio 114
The Thomas Ince Studio 116
Kalem 120
Kinemacolor 124
The Jesse Lasky Company 128
Lubin 130
Majestic-Reliance 136
MGM 138
Monogram 144
Nestor: The First Studio in Hollywood 147
The New York Motion Picture Company 151
The George V. Osmond Studio 154
The Pacific Studios and Others in Northern California 155
Paramount 158
Pathe 162
The Pickford-Fairbanks Studio 166
Powers 171
Producers Releasing Corporation 175
Charles Ray Studios 177
Reliable Pictures 180
Rental Stages and "Locations" 184
Republic Pictures 188
RKO and Its Predecessors 192
Hal Roach 197
The Joseph Schenck Studio 203
Selig Polyscope 207
Mack Sennett 214
Thanhouser 217
Tiffany 221
Triangle 224
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Studios 227
The U.S. Moving Picture Co. 230
Universal 233
Vitagraph 241
Warner Bros 244
The Washington Motion Picture Corporation 251
The Whartons 254
Afterword 269
Bibliography 273
Index 275
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