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University of Minnesota Press
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The long, colorful career of Walter Wanger (1894-1968) is one of Hollywood’s greatest untold stories. An intellectual and a socially conscious movie executive who produced provocative message movies and glittering romantic melodramas, Wanger’s career started at Paramount studios in the 1920s and led him to work at virtually every major studio as either a contract producer or an independent. He produced a series of American film classics, including Queen Christina, Stagecoach, Foreign Correspondent, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as well as a few notable flops, such as Cleopatra. This comprehensive biography brings to life a distinctive film personality and offers a new appreciation of the role of the producer in the history of American cinema.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Robert Wise
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Part 1. Personal History
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. The Gentleman from the West (1894–1911)
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. 2. The Boy Manager (1911–1914)
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. 3. Finding a Niche (1915–1919)
  2. pp. 23-38
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  1. Part 2. The Executive Apprentice
  2. p. 39
  1. 4. Giving the Movies "Class" (1920–1924)
  2. pp. 41-53
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  1. 5. Organizational Demands (1924–1931)
  2. pp. 54-70
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  1. 6. Too Much Interference (1932–1934)
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. Part 3. Going "Independent"
  2. p. 91
  1. 7. Semi-Independent Production (1934–1936)
  2. pp. 93-113
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  1. 8. A Fine and Daring Producer (1936–1938)
  2. pp. 114-128
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  1. 9. An Independent in Every Sense of the Word (1938–1939)
  2. pp. 129-150
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  1. 10. Having It All (1939–1941)
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. 11. Wanger at War (1941–1945)
  2. pp. 174-194
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  1. Part 4. Bitter Teas and Reckless Moments, 1945–1952
  2. p. 195
  1. 12. Fritz Lang, Incorporated
  2. pp. 197-216
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  1. 13. Susan Hayward, Past and Present
  2. pp. 217-236
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  1. 14. The Price of Anglophilia
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. 15. On the Way Down
  2. pp. 257-278
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  1. Part 5. Another Comeback: Three Films
  2. p. 279
  1. 16. Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
  2. pp. 281-301
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  1. 17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  2. pp. 302-316
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  1. 18. I Want to Live! (1958)
  2. pp. 317-339
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  1. Part 6. Hollywood Merry-Go-Round
  2. p. 341
  1. 19. Arabian Nights (1958–1961)
  2. pp. 343-357
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  1. 20. The Kafka Play (1961–1962)
  2. pp. 358-374
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  1. 21. The Curse of Cleopatra (1962–1968)
  2. pp. 375-391
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 392-400
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  1. Bibliographic Notes
  2. pp. 401-432
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 433-448
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  1. Illustration Credits
  2. pp. 449-450
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 451-464
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 465
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 467-510
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