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Twentieth Century's fox : Darryl F. Zanuck and the culture of Hollywood

Author: George Frederick Custen
Publisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, ©1997.
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In this major new biography, George F. Custen illuminates Zanuck's evolution into one of the most influential producers in American film. He explains what set him apart from rivals Irving Thalberg and David O. Selznick, how he developed the gritty realism that came to redefine motion pictures, and how he brilliantly predicted and capitalized on changing public tastes.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Darryl Francis Zanuck; Darryl Francis Zanuck; Darryl Francis Zanuck
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Frederick Custen
ISBN: 046507619X 9780465076192
OCLC Number: 37246820
Description: xii, 435 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The mark of Zanuck --
Part One. Foundations. Excavating Zanuck --
Zanuck the writer --
"The hardest-working little guy" : Zanuck at Warner Brothers --
"The talking thing" : The safe entertainment of The Jazz Singer --
Part Two. Innovations : Dreaming of the actual world : Transforming Warner Brothers' style --
A criminal talent --
1933 : Struggles, artistic and fiscal --
Twentieth Century-and after --
Part Three. The age of Zanuck : "The smiling face of a baby" : Shirley Temple, movies and memory --
"The only way I know how to produce" --
Seeing red and getting religion. . .in CinemaScope --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: George F. Custen.
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In this major new biography, George F. Custen illuminates Zanuck's evolution into one of the most influential producers in American film. He explains what set him apart from rivals Irving Thalberg and David O. Selznick, how he developed the gritty realism that came to redefine motion pictures, and how he brilliantly predicted and capitalized on changing public tastes.

Twentieth Century's Fox tells the whole story - from Zanuck's boyhood to his tumultuous years with the feuding Warners, his battles with the censors and with his own actors, and the legendary acting-out of scenes during story conferences in his famous green office. Along the way, Custen treats us to inside stories about actors such as Edward G. Robinson, Gregory Peck, and Marilyn Monroe. In never-before-published story conference notes, telegrams, and surprisingly candid anecdotes, he reveals how - more than any producer before or since - this diminutive, enigmatic fellow from Wahoo, Nebraska, changed the way we look at film.

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