London: Frederick Muller Limited, 1978, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: Here, for the first time in one volume, is a history of the great American studios; the glamorous combines which made the name of Hollywood famous throughout the world.
The book, which is simply presented, devotes a section to each of the studios in the order of their formation. Universal comes first, formed in 191 2; then Paramount, United Artists, Warner Bros, Disney, Columbia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RKO and Twentieth Century Fox. Each section dealing with one of these studios is divided into two parts. The first concentrates on presenting an overall view of the individual studio; its styles and atmosphere, a portrait of the mogul at its helm and a view of the stars and films which made it famous. The second and much larger part presents a full, year-by-year chronology of the studio from its beginnings to the present day. There are also illustrations to complement each studio.
The book therefore fulfills two functions; not only is it a useful reference work in its own right, but at the same time it also captures the feel of the great days of Hollywood. It is a combination of facts and information, trivia and glamour, fine movies and scandal. It is, finally, a permanent record of Hollywood as it was and as it is today.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 530 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.