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Twentieth Century Fox

1st Edition

By Frederick Wasser


288 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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This is the first scholarly history of Fox from its origins in 1904 to the present. It builds upon research and histories of individual periods to describe how one company responded to a century-long evolution of the audience, nationally and globally.

In the beginning, William Fox grabbed a once in millennium opportunity to build a business based on a genuinely new art form. This study explores the enduring legacy of F.W. Murnau, Will Rogers, Shirley Temple, John Ford, Spyros Skouras, George Lucas, James Cameron and many others, offering discussion of those behind and in front of the camera, delving deeply into the history and evolution of the studio. Key films covered include The Iron Horse, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, Forever Amber, All About Eve, Cleopatra, The Sound of Music, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Titanic and Fight Club, providing an extensive look at the successes and flops that shaped not only Twentieth Century Fox, but the entire Hollywood landscape. Through a chronological study, the book charts the studio’s impact right up to the present day, providing a framework to allow us to look to the future of moviemaking and film consumption.

Lively and fresh in its approach, this book is a comprehensive study of the studio for scholars, students and enthusiasts of Hollywood Cinema, film history and media industries.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 William Fox and the Beginnings (1904-1924)

Chapter 2 Fox Goes for Broke and is Broken (1924-1935)

Chapter 3 A New Company Finds Itself During a Depression (1935-1941)

Chapter 4 Social Problems, Mature Women and Musicals (1942-1952)

Chapter 5 Trying to Get It Right: From TV to Cleopatra (1953-1964)

Chapter 6 Sound of Music and the Sixties (1965-1975)

Chapter 7 From Stanfill to Murdoch while featuring George Lucas (1976-1984)

Chapter 8 Twentieth Century Fox as Global Conglomerate (1985-1997)

Chapter 9 Fox Outlasts the Twentieth Century by Twenty Years (1998-2019)

About the Author

Frederick Wasser is a professor in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College in the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous chapters and articles on American media. His books include Veni, Vidi, Video and Steven Spielberg’s America.

About the Series

The Routledge Hollywood Centenary Series

The Routledge Hollywood Centenary is an eight volume book series dedicated to the 100 year anniversary from the establishment of the major Hollywood studios. Originally self-run organisations operating within a clearly defined film industry, from the 1960s onwards these companies have become divisions of various conglomerates during a long period of corporate consolidation and, more recently, of media convergence driven by the advent of digital technology and changes in distribution and consumption. From the ‘studio’ to the ‘post-studio’ era, from ‘Classical Hollywood’ to ‘Conglomerate Hollywood’, through changes in ownership and management regimes, and through collaborations with ever changing clusters of talent each Hollywood studio has been a major contributor to the ways in which American cinema acquired a particular identity at different historical junctures. The Routledge Hollywood Centenary volumes provide an authoritative history of these long-standing organisations and examine in detail how each studio has put an indelible stamp on American cinema and beyond.

Series editors: Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool) and Gary Needham (University of Liverpool)

Advisory board:

Warren Buckland (Oxford Bookes University)

Peter Krämer (University of East Anglia)

Paul McDonald (King’s College)

Eileen Meehan (Southern Illinois University)

Thomas Schatz (University of Texas at Austin)

Janet Staiger (University of Texas at Austin)

Janet Wasko (University of Oregon)

Justin Wyatt (University of Rhode Island)


MGM (2018) Tino Balio - recipient of the 2019 Peter C. Rollins Book Award from the


Fox – Frederick Wasser

Universal – Thomas Schatz

Paramount – Douglas Gomery and Clara Pafort-Overduin

Warner Bros. – Richard Maltby

Columbia – Matthew Bernstein and Eddy Von Mueller

Disney – Susan Ohmer

United Artists – Peter Krämer, Gary Needham, Yannis Tzioumakis and Tino Balio (eds)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies