The Fox Film Corporation, 1915–1935

A History and Filmography

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About the Book

In 1929, Hollywood mogul William Fox (1879–1952) came close to controlling the entire motion picture industry. His Fox Film Corporation had grown from a $1600 investment into a globe-spanning $300 million empire; he also held patents to the new sound-on-film process. Forced into a series of bitter power struggles, Fox was ultimately toppled from his throne, and the studio bearing his name would merge in 1935 with Darryl F. Zanuck’s flourishing 20th Century Pictures. The 25-year lifespan of the Fox Film Corporation, home of such personalities as Theda Bara, Tom Mix, Janet Gaynor and John Ford, is chronicled in this thorough illustrated history. Included are never-before-published financial figures revealing costs and grosses of Fox’s biggest successes and failures, and a detailed filmogaphy of the studio’s 1100-plus releases, among them What Price Glory?, Seventh Heaven and the Oscar-winning Cavalcade.

About the Author(s)

Aubrey Solomon is a writer/producer whose television credits include The Fall Guy, Cagney and Lacey and RoboCop. He has appeared in dozens of documentaries and is co-author of The Films of Twentieth Century-Fox (1989).

Bibliographic Details

Aubrey Solomon
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 390
Bibliographic Info: 106 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016 [2011]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6600-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8610-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface  1

Introduction  5

Part I. History  9

 1. Humble Beginnings  9

 2. The Birth of Fox  19

 3. A Major Player  37

 4. Stability  50

 5. Consolidation  68

 6. The Rise of Winfield Sheehan  81

 7. Talking Pictures  95

 8. The Golden Age of Fox Films  112

 9. The Fall of William Fox  122

10. Boom to Bust  134

11. Turmoil  156

12. Back from the Abyss  170

13. A Tour of the Studio  182

14. Survival  186

15. 20th Century Pictures  204

16. After the Merger  217

Part II. Filmography  227

Chapter Notes  361

Bibliography  367

Index  369

Book Reviews & Awards

“thoroughly detailed and illustrated history”—Examiner.com; “Solomon has written the most comprehensive and objective history of William Fox and the Fox Film Corporation…well-researched, well-written…essential reading”—Journal of American Culture; “detailed”—Western Clippings; “thorough account”—Leonard Maltin.com.