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Reconstructing American Historical CinemaFrom Cimarron to Citizen Kane$
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J.E. Smyth

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124063

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.001.0001

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Stars Born and Lost, 1932–1937

Stars Born and Lost, 1932–1937

(p.250) (p.251) 9 Stars Born and Lost, 1932–1937
Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

J.E. Smyth

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the historical films produced by David O. Selznick in the U.S. during the period from 1932 to 1937 that focused on Hollywood actors and actress. Selznick worked for MGM, Paramount Pictures, RKO Pictures before founding his own Selznick International Pictures. His first film about Hollywood history was about the life and career of Clara Bow titled What Price Hollywood?. Another such film was A Star Is Born. Though it was a self-conscious composite biography, most 1937 viewers associated the character of Norman Maine, a fading alcoholic leading man, to actor John Gilbert who died of heart attack in January 1936.

Keywords:   David O. Selznick, historical films, U.S., Hollywood history, Selznick International Pictures, What Price Hollywood?, Clara Bow, A Star is Born, John Gilbert

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