The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio System

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Anyone who has ever doubted that filmmaking is a collaborative craft should consider Davis's (history, Southern Methodist Univ.) book. Under the studio system of Hollywood's Golden Age, making movies was a business based on assembly line-like production, with many departments contributing to the finished film. Drawing primarily from the oral history collection on the performing arts at SMU, Davis uses the recollections of former employees to illustrate this process. Each chapter is devoted to a specific department or an aspect of film production and how it was handled. Use of quotes from both famous and unknown people adds freshness and authority. Davis successfully proves that filmmaking during Hollywood's Golden Age was far from glamorous and that those involved considered it a business rather than art. For serious film collections.-- Marianne Cawley, Kingwood Branch Lib., Tex.
This history of the Hollywood film industry draws primarily on taped and transcribed interviews with director, actors, and others--from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Collection on the Performing Arts, which the author founded in 1972 and continues to direct. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870743580
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 1,304,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Majors and Minors 1
2 The Moguls 15
3 Executives and Producers 37
4 Directors 59
5 Creating Stars 79
6 Actors and Actresses 97
7 Supporting Players 121
8 Publicity 137
9 Writers and the Story Department 159
10 Musicals and the Music Department 181
11 Design, Hairstyling, and Makeup 205
12 On the Set 233
13 On Location 259
14 Film Editing 279
15 Around the Lot 303
16 Social Life 323
17 Internal Friction 339
18 The Demise 367
Source: Interviews in the SMU Oral History Collection 385
Source: Supplemental Interviews, Published and Unpublished 393
Source: Books and Articles 396
Index 419
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