The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography

The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography

by Aubrey Solomon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786462868

ISBN-13: 9780786462865

Pub. Date: 04/04/2011

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

In 1929, Hollywood mogul William Fox (1879-1952) came close to controlling the entire motion picture industry. His Fox Film Corporation had grown from a $1600 investment into a globe-spanning $300 million empire; he also held patents to the new sound-on-film process. Forced into a series of bitter power struggles, Fox was ultimately toppled from his throne, and the

Overview

In 1929, Hollywood mogul William Fox (1879-1952) came close to controlling the entire motion picture industry. His Fox Film Corporation had grown from a $1600 investment into a globe-spanning $300 million empire; he also held patents to the new sound-on-film process. Forced into a series of bitter power struggles, Fox was ultimately toppled from his throne, and the studio bearing his name would merge in 1935 with Darryl F. Zanuck's flourishing 20th Century Pictures. The 25-year lifespan of the Fox Film Corporation, home of such personalities as Theda Bara, Tom Mix, Janet Gaynor and John Ford, is chronicled in this thorough illustrated history. Included are never-before-published financial figures revealing costs and grosses of Fox's biggest successes and failures, and a detailed filmogaphy of the studio's 1100-plus releases, among them What Price Glory?, Seventh Heaven and the Oscar-winning Cavalcade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786462865
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Part I History 9

1 Humble Beginnings 9

2 The Birth of Fox 19

3 A Major Player 37

4 Stability 50

5 Consolidation 68

6 The Rise of Winfield Sheehan 81

7 Talking Pictures 95

8 The Golden Age of Fox Films 112

9 The Fall of William Fox 122

10 Boom to Bust 134

11 Turmoil 156

12 Back from the Abyss 170

13 A Tour of the Studio 182

14 Survival 186

15 20th Century Pictures 204

16 After the Merger 217

Part II Filmography 227

Chapter Notes 361

Bibliography 367

Index 369

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