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United Artists, Volume 1, 1919–1950
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United Artists was a unique motion picture company in the history of Hollywood. Founded by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and director D.W. Griffith—four of the greatest names of the silent era—United Artists functioned as a distribution company for independent producers. In this lively and detailed history of United Artists from 1919 through 1951, film scholar Tino Balio chronicles the company’s struggle for survival, its rise to prominence as the Tiffany of the industry, and its near extinction in the 1940s.
    This edition is updated with a new introduction by Balio that places in relief UA’s operations for those readers who may be unfamiliar with film industry practices and adds new perspective to the company’s place within Hollywood.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction: (Dis)united Artists
  2. pp. xvii-xxix
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  1. 1. Artists in Business: 1919
  2. pp. 3-29
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  1. 2. Starts and Fits: 1919-1924
  2. pp. 30-51
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  1. 3. Joe Schenck's Reorganization: 1925-1931
  2. pp. 52-74
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  1. 4. Adjusting to Talkies: 1928-1932
  2. pp. 75-94
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  1. 5. Depression and Monopoly: 1932-1934
  2. pp. 95-109
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  1. 6. Schenck's Last Years: 1932-1935
  2. pp. 110-126
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  1. 7. Without a Leader: 1934-1936
  2. pp. 127-141
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  1. 8. The Goldwyn Battles: 1936-1941
  2. pp. 142-160
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  1. 9. Facing the War: 1941
  2. pp. 161-185
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  1. 10. Worsening Strains Within: 1942-1944
  2. pp. 186-201
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  1. 11. Coming Apart at the Seams: 1944-1948
  2. pp. 202-229
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  1. 12. The End and the Beginning of UA: 1949-
  2. pp. 230-241
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  1. Appendix 1: Releases: 1919-1950
  2. pp. 245-259
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  1. Appendix 2: Producers
  2. pp. 260-279
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  1. Appendix 3: The Walt Disney Cartoons
  2. pp. 280-282
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  1. Appendix 4: Income History
  2. p. 283
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  1. Appendix 5: Record of Dividend Payments
  2. pp. 284-286
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  1. Appendix 6: Capital Stock Purchased by the Company
  2. p. 287
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  1. The UA Collection: A Descriptive Inventory
  2. pp. 289-291
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 293-303
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-323
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