The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood

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University Press of Kentucky, 10.06.1999 - 296 Seiten

" Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a unique perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system. An ambitious twenty-three-year-old, Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for ""It"" girl Clara Bow. On the basis of that script, she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM studios. In the years to come, she worked with and befriended numerous actors and directors, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Eric von Stroheim, as well as such writers and producers as Thomas Mann and Louis B. Mayer. As a professional screenwriter, Fredderica quickly learned that scripts and story ideas were frequently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person. Studio executives wanted well-worn plots, but it was the writer's job to develop the innovative situations and scintillating dialogue that would bring to picture to life. For over twenty years, Freddie and her friends struggled to survive in this incredibly competitive environment. Through it all, Freddie remained a passionate, outspoken woman in an industry run by powerful men, and her provocative, nonconformist ways brought her success, failure, wisdom, and a wealth of stories, opinions, and insight into a fascinating period in screen history.

 

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This book details the history of Hollywood in the early silent days as well as the transition to sound. Addiitonally, you got to find out what it was like to grow up in New York City in the early 19th ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM: A Writer in Early Hollywood

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A sprightly memoir by a pioneering female screenwriter. Born in 1900 to Russian radicals who had immigrated to New York City, Frederica Sagor answered an ad for story editor at Universal and by her ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Family Roots
From Columbia to Universal
Story Editor
Purchase of The Plastic
My Introduction to Hollywood
Honor Among Thieves
The Maases Go to Europe
Swell Fish
The Depression Years
Marriage in Crisis
Motion Picture Peddler
World War II
The Desecration of Miss Pilgrims Progress

Hollywood Parties
My Friend Riza
The Troublemaker
Meeting Ernest Maas
Civil War Stories Are
Epilogue
Urheberrecht

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