Paramount A Representation Of Hollywood Essay

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Paramount, one of the big five Hollywood studio corporations, controlled the most amount of theatres in the United States during the 1930s and 40s. This meant they had an advantage when the economy in the US turned around after the great depression. This being said, many more factors come into play when defining to what extent the studio is a typical representation of a major Hollywood studio corporation in the 1930s and 40s. In this essay I will be going in-depth into what extent Paramount is a representation of other key studios in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. I will be discussing how Paramount’s methods as a corporation such as exhibition, distribution, star system and genre to illustrate how it is a typical representative of a Hollywood studio corporation. I will be using material such as Richard B. Jewel’s The Golden Age of Cinema, Hollywood 1929 – 1945 to go into detail in justifying my points.

To start, Paramount’s history as a Hollywood studio shares corporate qualities which are similar to many other studios such as Fox, Warner Brothers and RKO. Adolf Zukor was a Jewish, Hungarian who immigrated to New York, early in the 20th century. Here he started in as a furrier in a garment business. He saw potential in cinema which led him to creating a small theatre above a penny amusement arcade which he owned. From here he created Famous Players which dealt with film producing and distributing film with major theatre stars. In 1916 he merged the company with Lasky Feature play Co. and paramount pictures, the first thing the company focussed on was acquiring and build major theatre chain where they would screen there productions. This eventually led to the company building a studio in California due to the states adaptable terrain and geography which meant many countries geography could be replicated. By this point Paramount owned the most amount of theatres within America. Paramount’s roots can be compared to that of another Hollywood studio, Twentieth Century Fox, both in terms of history share similarities. Firstly, both of the studios founders, Adolf Zukor (Paramount) and William Fox (Twentieth Century Fox), immigrated to the US, Secondly they both started in a garment business. Thirdly both saw potential in creating a production studio in Los Angeles. Although these actualities have little significance in how the studio system functioned in the 1930s and 40s, they cannot be ignored due to the studios operating so alike during this era of Hollywood.

Many of the studios in Hollywood owned their own theatres, in fact the big five, MGM, Paramount, RKO, Warner Bros’ and Twentieth Century Fox owned 80% of all first run cinemas in the US with complete control of them in 78 of the 95 main cities. Paramount owning the majority, holding 1,379. This meant that the studios had a lot of say in what pictures they wanted to show their audience. Throughout the 1930’s and early 40’s the great depression affected many industries in America including...

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