Hollywood Dreams Made Real

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Nicknamed the “Boy Wonder,” Irving G. Thalberg was running Universal Pictures at the age of twenty, and he cofounded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at twenty-four. Between 1924 and 1936, he supervised 400 memorable movies, making stars of Lon Chaney, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert, and Greta Garbo. By the time of his death at thirty-seven, Thalberg had lifted film to the level of fine art. In this groundbreaking book, Mark A. Vieira draws on newly discovered interviews and production records; the ...

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Overview

Nicknamed the “Boy Wonder,” Irving G. Thalberg was running Universal Pictures at the age of twenty, and he cofounded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at twenty-four. Between 1924 and 1936, he supervised 400 memorable movies, making stars of Lon Chaney, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert, and Greta Garbo. By the time of his death at thirty-seven, Thalberg had lifted film to the level of fine art. In this groundbreaking book, Mark A. Vieira draws on newly discovered interviews and production records; the unpublished autobiography of Thalberg’s wife, superstar Norma Shearer; and a treasure trove of unseen images to vividly recount the making of Ben-Hur, The Big Parade, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera, and scores of other classics. Hollywood Dreams Made Real is a fresh portrait of the prime architect of the studio system and an enchanting tour of the magical world he created.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810972346
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 654,905
  • Product dimensions: 11.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Vieira is a portrait photographer, a film historian, and the author of four other books published by Abrams: Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits, Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic, and Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy. He maintains a studio in the historic Granada Buildings in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

I The Boy Wonder

Universal City 11

3800 Mission Road 19

10202 Washington Boulevard 25

II A Quiet Lion

1924 29

1925 37

1926 49

1927 59

III The Roaring Success

1928 71

1929 85

IV Thalberg's M-G-M

1930 101

1931 115

1932 137

V The Thalberg Unit

1933 165

1934 173

1935 185

VI Hollywood Comet

1936 199

The Legacy 217

Epilogue 225

Notes 227

Bibliography 231

Index 236

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