Welcome to the Day 1 recap of the Classic Movie History Project! Today, we’re focusing on the studio system and its publicity machine. Fabulous stuff!
We start with Silver Screenings and an examination of the studio system at its very roots. The Studio System: Art as Industry is a must-read!
Once Upon a Screen takes a look at the saucy goings-on as the film industry went about Fighting Censorship Before the Code. Oo-la-la!
Next, Old Hollywood films covers the most memorable aspect of classic film: the star system. The Star Machine takes a look at the happy endings and horror stories of Hollywood’s dream factory.
Caftan Woman takes us on an outing to Hal Roach and the Lot of Fun, examining the origins of that important comedy studio. Fans of Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang and the rest of the Roach roster will not want to miss this!
Meanwhile, Big V Riot Squad takes us back to the 1910s and examines movie theaters in a decade that saw them go from nickelodeons to palaces. A marvelous pictorial post!
What about marketing those stars? I take you on a whirlwind tour of an eccentric topic, Edible Stardom: The joy of vintage celebrity cookbooks. We look at Bing Crosby’s Bisquick and muse upon what exactly Spaghetti a la Fascisti is and whether it will rule western Europe with an iron fist.