HOLLYWOOD by Leo C. Rosten


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There has been needed a balanced picture of the moving picture industry, and Leo Rostan has managed to make a matter of fact approach entertaining reading. Against a factual background, he includes the foibles, incidents, famous personalities that have given Hollywood its reputation. This is a sane, objective sociological survey of that Baghdad-on-the-Pacific, with facts, figures, data to explain the fantasy and legendary quality of the movie capital, with the conclusion that the organic processes of Hollywood differ little from similar manifestations elsewhere. Its conspicuousness, its vividness, its drama has made for hllyhooing and lampooning and ridicule. He treats the movie colony statistically, earnings, ages, marriages and divorces, homes and furnishings, gifts, superstitions; he surveys political upheavals, rush for social prestige; he cross sections racing and gambling; he debunks the scandalous era; he reports on producers, directors, all the hierarchy. Top ranking job.

Pub Date: Nov. 27th, 1941
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace