Poverty Row Studios, 1929 - 1940 - An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, With A Filmography For Each
McFarland & Company (series)
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- 542 Pages
- Released: July 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Publisher: McFarland & Company
|Author:||Michael R. Pitts|
Description by OLDIES.com:
From Allied Pictures Corporation to Willis Kent Production, 55 Poverty Row Studios are given histories in this book. Some of the studios, such as Diversion Pictures and Cresent Pictures, came into existence for the sole purpose of releasing movies by established stars. Others, for example J.D. Kendis, were early exploitation filmmakers under the guise of sex education. The histories include critical commentary on the studio's output and a filmography of all titles released from 1929 through 1940.
Customers' Ratings & Reviews:
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For the true connoisseur of the low-budget 1930's film, this book is a must. Of course some items are left out, and the book mentions it deliberately excluded a couple of major Poverty Row studios - Mascot, Majestic - which were "covered in another book" (which other book, I beg to inquire?) but it's surprising just how much is included, and there are quite thorough analysis and plot summaries, especially of the exploitation flicks and horror films. Also, lots of Westerns are covered which other readers might have interest in, and the book discusses quite a few of the mystery thrillers available on Alpha through Oldies. It's very enjoyable to read about the "other" movie world, not mainstream, Post-Production Code Hollywood. Somehow these cheap little movies often more accurately represented the tone of real life 70 years ago than the big, lavish studio productions did. This book is highly recommended.