Term Paper: Movie Industry in America

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[. . .] " Other famous films released at the same time were "Little Women" and "Flying Down to Rio." Other famous titles include "Bringing up baby" and "Hunchback of Notre Dame." (RKO studios) "It's a Wonderful Life," "Suspicion," "Hitler's Children," "The Bells of St. Mary's," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" are some of the other titles. At one stage stars like Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Johnny Weissmuller, Robert Mitchum, Bette Davis, John Ford, George Cuckor and Alfred Hitchcock were with them. (RKO: www.portaljuice.com) The period of development ended with Howard Hughes and in 1959 he sold off the physical studios to Desilu Productions as a place to make "I love Lucy" and other shows. (RKO studios)

Unlike those studios which are strictly speaking not in Hollywood, there is Paramount. This has been operating continuously since the year 1926 at the present site before being in a rented horse barn from the year 1913. The studio began with classic silent films like "The Sheik." It also won an Academy award for the best picture. The studio was the home studio for stars like Mae West, W.C. Fields, and Mary Pickford, as well as directors Cecil B. Demille, D.W. Griffith, Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Claudette Colbert, Alan Ladd, and Marlene Dietrich. (Paramount Studios)

Their famous films are "Going My Way" in the year 1944, "Sunset Blvd." In the year 1950, "Psycho" in the year 1960, "Rear Window" in the year 1954, "Vertigo" in the year 1958, "Coconuts" in the year 1929, "Duck Soup" in the year 1933, "The Court Jester" in the year 1956,"White Christmas" in the year 1954,"The Greatest Show on Earth" in the year 1952, "The Ten Commandments" in the year 1956, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in the year 1961, "True Grit" in the year 1969, "Love Story" in the year 1970, "The Godfather" in the year 1972, "Chinatown" in the year 1974, seventeen Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis comedies, and all of those Bob Hope & Bing Crosby "Road Pictures' with Dorothy Lamour from 1940-1962, "Blue Hawaii" and "Girls, Girls, Girls." In later years, Paramount had major hits with "Saturday Night Fever" in the year 1977, "Heaven Can Wait" in the year 1978, "Grease" in the year 1978, "Reds" in the year 1981, "Flashdance" in the year 1983, "Fatal Attraction" in the year 1987, "The Untouchables" in the year 1987, "Coming to America," "The Accused" in the year 1988, the series of extremely popular "Star Trek" movies, "Raiders of the Lost Ark / Indiana Jones" adventures, "The Bad News Bears" comedies, the satirical "Airplane!" flicks, the "Beverly Hills Cop," "Naked Gun," "48 Hours" films, and the seemingly endless "Friday the 13th" horror series.

Recent releases include "The Italian Job," "School of Rock," "Vanilla Sky," "Star Trek: Nemesis," "Sum of All Fears," "Crossroads," "Tomb Raider," "Vanilla Sky," "We Were Soldiers," "Mission Impossible II," "Shaft," "Double Jeopardy," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Sleepy Hollow," "Angela's Ashes," "The General's Daughter," "The Truman Show," "Star Trek: Insurrection," "Snake Eyes," "The Rugrat's Movie," "Payback," "Varsity Blues," "The Odd Couple II," Titanic co-produced with Fox, "Face Off," "Breakdown," "In and Out," "Kiss the Girls," "Star Trek: First contact," "Mission Impossible," "Forrest Gump," "Sabrina," Clueless," "Braveheart," "Ghost," "The Brady Bunch" movies, "Indecent Proposal," Clear and Present Danger," "The Firm" and "Hunt for Red October." In the year 1994, the entire studio was bought by Viacom for $10 billion. Then there was the purchase by Viacom of CBS television network and in the year 2002 KCAL studios. (Paramount Studios) So it is now a part of the largest media group in America.

This is also situated in Hollywood and this started in the year 1920 with Hampton Studio. Their stars were William Desmond and HE Warner. Then this was bought by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. During that period the films produced were "Robin Hood" and "The Thief of Baghdad." Then United Artists was formed in the year 1928 with Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffith, Pickford and Fairbanks. Then the studio became Samuel Goldwyn Studios. This made some famous movies like "Wuthering heights" and "The Little Foxes." Many famous stars have worked here - Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Myrna Loy, Natalie Wood, Marlon Brando, Susan Hayward, Greer Garson, Jack Lemmon, Danny Kaye, Eddie Cantor and Laurence Olivier. (The Lot: Formerly Warner Hollywood Studios)

Warner Brothers was founded in the year 1923 by four actual brothers: Jack, Sam, Harry and Albert Warner. Warner Bros Studios produced the world's first talkie with Al Jolson, "The Jazz Singer" in the year 1927, "The Adventures Robin Hood" in the year 1938, "Casablanca" in the year 1942, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in the year 1942, "Cool Hand Luke" in the year 1967, "Deliverance" in the year 1972, "The Exorcist' in the year 1973, "Chariots of Fire" in the year 1981, "Body Heat" in the year 1981, the current level of "Batman" films. The studio brought out several top level gangster films like "Little Caesar" along with Edward G. Robinson in the year 1930, "The Public Enemy" along with James Cagney, in the year 1921, "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" in the year 1932, as well as Humphrey Bogart in a classic film as "The Maltese Falcon" in the year 1941, "The Big Sleep" in the year 1946, the unforgettable "Casablanca" in the year 1941, "The Story of Louis Pasteur" in the year 1936, "The Life of Emile Zola" in the year 1937, "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" in the year 1948, Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the year 1951, James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" in the year 1955, Judy Garland in "A Star is Born" in the year 1954, Paul Newman in "Hud" in the year 1963, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" In the year 1966, Warren Beatty in "Bonnie & Clyde" in the year 1967, Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry" in the year 1971, and Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in "All the President's Men" in the year 1976. (Warner Brothers Studio)

Other important recent Warner Bros releases are "The Last Samurai," "Mystic River', "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," "Rush Hour 2," "Blade II," "The Time Machine," "A Walk To Remember," "A.I," "Cats & Dogs," "The Perfect Storm," "The Matrix," "The Green Mile," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Any Given Sunday," "Deep Blue Sea," "Three Kings," 'The Wild West," "Lost & Found," "Analyze This," "Message in a Bottle," "The Bridges of Madison County," 'Outbreak', "Practical Magic," "The Avengers," "Lethal Weapon 4," "A Perfect Murder" "Quest for Camelot," "City of Angels," "L.A. Confidential," "U.S. Marshals," "The Postman,' "Dangerous Beauty," "Batman And Robin," "Contact," "Conspiracy Theory," "Devil's Advocate,' "The Postman," "Mars Attacks," "Space Jam," "A Time To Kill," "Tin Cup," "Eraser,' "Twister," "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," 'Heat," "Free Willy II," "The Client," "Natural Born Killers," "The Fugitive,' "Dennis the Menace," "The Pelican Brief," and "Unforgiven" - with big names like Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandra Bullock, Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Keanu Reeves, George Clooney, Meg Ryan, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Al Pacino, Wesley Snipes, Kevin Costner, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Steven Seagal, Warren Beatty, Robert Duvall, Sharon Stone, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts.

The early stars at Warner Bros have been Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, John Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Dick Powell, George Raft, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Crawford, Burt Lancaster, Paul Muni, Carole Lombard, Gary Cooper, Dennis Morgan, Peter Lorre, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda and Doris Day. President Ronald Reagan made his screen debut with Warner, in 1937's 'Love in the Air' and he married another Warner's star, which was actress Jane Wyman. (Warner Brothers Studio) Coppola has revised his film, 'The Outsiders' and is being released on DVD on September 20 by Warner Home Video. (Dargis, 2005) Thus good films are continuously yielding returns to the studio.

Another major studio is that of the 20th Century Fox. This studio was founded in the year 1913 by William Fox and he was producing newsreels even before they went in to the production of movies. The name was changed to 20th Century Fox in the year 1935. From that time onwards, the studio has produced several movies like that of "The Grapes of Wrath" in the year 1940, "Rebecca" in the year 1940, "Song of Bernadette" in the year 1943, "Laura" in the year 1944, "State Fair" in the year 1945, the original "Miracle on 34th Street" in the year 1947, and its 1997 remake, "Gentleman's Agreement" in the year 1947, "The Robe" in the year 1953, "Cleopatra" in the year 1963, "The Sound of Music" in the year 1965, "Hello Dolly' in the year 1969, "Patton" in the year 1970, the original "M*A*S*H' in the year 1970, "The French Connection" in the year 1971, "The Poseidon Adventure"… [END OF PREVIEW]

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