Popular Filmgoing in 1930s Britain: A Choice of Pleasures

Popular Filmgoing in 1930s Britain: A Choice of Pleasures

by John Sedgwick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0859896609

ISBN-13: 9780859896603

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

In the 1930s there were close to a billion annual admissions to the cinema in Britain and it was by far the most popular paid-for leisure activity. This book is an exploration of that popularity. John Sedgwick has developed the POPSTAT index, a methodology based on exhibition records which allows identification of the most popular films and the leading stars of the

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Overview

In the 1930s there were close to a billion annual admissions to the cinema in Britain and it was by far the most popular paid-for leisure activity. This book is an exploration of that popularity. John Sedgwick has developed the POPSTAT index, a methodology based on exhibition records which allows identification of the most popular films and the leading stars of the period, and provides a series of tables which will servce as standard points of reference for all scholars and specialists working in the field of 1930s cinema. The book establishes similarities and differences between national and regional tastes through detailed case study analysis of cinemagoing in Bolton and Brighton, and offers an analysis of genre development. It also reveals that although Hollywood continued to dominate the British market, films emanating from British studios proved markedly popular with domestic audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859896603
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter Studies in History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

CHAPTER 1: A Simple Theory of Film Choice

CHAPTER 2: The Context Film in 1930s Britain

CHAPTER 3: Measuring Popularity

CHAPTER 4: Shares in the British Market

CHAPTER 5: Popular Films and their Stars in Bolton (Worktown)

CHAPTER 6: Comparative Cinemagoing Preferences, 1934-1935: National, Bolton and Brighton audiences

CHAPTER 7: Profits, Film Budgets and Popularity

CHAPTER 8: Genres, Generic Lineages and 'Hits'

CHAPTER 9: Stardom and 'Hits'

CHAPTER 10: Michael Balcon's Close Encounter with the American Market

CHAPTER 11: Difficulties Facing the Production Sector of the British Film Industry during the late 1930s

CHAPTER 12: Conclusion

APPENDIX 1: The national sample cinema set

APPENDIX 2: 126 London West End 'hits' screened between 1 January 1932 and 31 March 1938

APPENDIX 3: POPSTAT Top 100 films in Britain, 1932-1937

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