of Nets by Otto Friedrich. A social
and cultural history of the movers and shakers of
Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented
Hollywood by Neal Gabler. Carl
Laemmle, Adolph Zuckor, William Fox, Harry Cohn,
Louis B. Mayer, and the Warner Brothers fashioned
the motion picture industry as we once knew
Genius of the System by Thomas
Schatz. Examines the styles and successes of
the M.G.M., Warner Bros., Universal, and Selznick
International studios from the 1920's through the
Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood's Big Studio
System by Ronald L. Davis. Stars,
directors, producers, hair stylists, and other
employees relate their experiences in the major
studios during Hollywood's golden age.
A Biography by A. Scott Berg.
Comprehensive study of the studio era's most
successful independent producer known for such
classics as The Best Years of Our Lives
and Pride of the Yankees.
Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of
the Movies by Ethan Mordden.
Contrasts the distinct styles of the great studios
between 1929 and 1948.
Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy
Awards by Mason Wiley and Damien
Bona. Year by year chronicle of the
behind-the-scenes campaigning and shenanigans
leading up to the presentation of the Academy
Warner Bros. (1935-1951) edited by Rudy
Behlmer. Memos, letters, and production
reports from the archives of Warner Bros.
of Dreams: Louis B. Mayer, M.G.M, and the Secret
Hollywood by Charles Higham. His
personal beliefs shaped the films and public image
of M.G.M. Studios.
from David O. Selznick selected and edited
by Rudy Behlmer. Memos, letters, and
reflections by the producer of such classic films
as Gone with the Wind and
Moguls by Norman Zierold. The
complicated personalities, rise to power, and
fiercely involved administrative style of the
celebrated studio head of the 20s, 30s, and
Names by Victor Navasky. Examines
the motives and lasting effects of the
investigation by the House Committee on un-American
Activities into 1950s Hollywood
The Life of David O. Selznick by David
Thompson. An in-depth profile of the
legendary film producer, renowned for his obsessive
involvement with every one of his
Speed of Sound by Scott Eyman. How
the motion picture industry made a rapid yet
complex transition from silent films to
The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Last
Tycoon by Leonard Mosley. He founded
20th Century Fox and was responsible for The
Jazz Singer, The Grapes of Wrath, and
many other classics during his five decades in the
by Deirdre Sullivan, South Boston Branch,
Boston Public Library, 1998.