Hollywood studios monopolized approximately 95 percent of industry revenues by controlling the production and exhibition of motion pictures until the 1948 U.S. Supreme Court Paramount decision outlawed block booking and forced the corporations to sell their theaters. Organized in 1941, three years after the first studio antitrust suit, the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers (SIMPP) "despised the studio system which made assembly line films" and became powerful lobbyists in the industry, the government, and the press for independent production. Original members of SIMPP were notable filmmakers Charles Chaplain, Walt Disney, Samuel Goldwyn, Alex Korda, Mary Pickford, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger, and Orson Welles. Aberdeen, a film historian, has created a unique and scholarly study of SIMPP's influence on the end of the studio-dominated era of American film production and skillfully integrates the organization's work into the history of Hollywood. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries.--Bruce Henson, Georgia Technical Lib., Atlanta Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Hollywood Renegades introduces us to a group of independent filmmakers whose collective efforts and use of their movies as weapons against the major studies effectively ended the old Hollywood studio contract system. Historian J.A. Aberdeen reveals fascinating information (much of it previously unreported) about the rise and fall of the Society Of Independent Motion Picture Producers (SIMPP) and how an independent filmmaker movement of more than 50 years ago laid the foundation of the modern Hollywood we have today -- and a struggle by independents to make and distribute their films that continues into the present day. Highly recommended reading for all movie buffs and cinema history students, Hollywood Renegades reveals the astonishing stories of Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Samuel Goldwyn, Alexander Korda, Mary Pickford, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger, Orson Wells and others whose impact on American filmmaking was as profound and far reaching as they were talented and ambitious.