ABSTRACT

Originally published in 1964, this book tells the history of the British cinematograph industry for the first time. It describes moments of splendid triumph and others of shattering failure. The mood switches from reckless optimism to demoralising pessimism, from years in which British films won the highest international awards to those when they were dismissed with scorn.

It recalls a score of productions still ranked among the world's best, and the stars whose reputation was established in them. Attention is focused on the directors, those who kept to the fore during two and three decades and those with only one major success to their name. Behind them the men are identified who strove, often to their considerable financial loss, to gain a worthy place for British films in the world’s markets.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction. The Tough 'Un

chapter |4 pages

Table of Contents

chapter |2 pages

ILLUSTRATIONS

chapter |14 pages

The Sequence of Events

chapter 1|10 pages

THE INVENTORS

chapter 2|8 pages

A SHOWMAN’S INDUSTRY

chapter 3|11 pages

THE PEOPLE’S STORYTELLER

chapter 4|6 pages

HEPWORTH, BARKER AND JUPP

chapter 6|11 pages

THE BLACK NOVEMBER OF 1924

chapter 7|7 pages

GETTING TO GRIPS WITH HOLLYWOOD

chapter 8|10 pages

BREAKING OUT FROM ISOLATION

chapter 9|7 pages

THE LAST OF THE SILENT YEARS

chapter 10|11 pages

THE FIRST OF THE ‘TALKIES’

chapter 11|18 pages

THE SECOND PHASE IN THE ’THIRTIES

chapter 12|6 pages

SPECULATIVE FINANCING

chapter 13|15 pages

THE END OF THE PARTY: THE LATE ’THIRTIES

chapter 4|12 pages

TEEN EUROPE AT WAR AGAIN : AMERICA NEUTRAL

chapter 15|8 pages

THE LAST OF THE WAR YEARS

chapter 6|9 pages

TEEN MELODRAMAS, TOUGH AND TEARFUL

chapter 17|8 pages

MUCH LESS THAN WAS HOPED FOR

chapter 18|9 pages

SWEPT ASIDE IN THE FLOOD

chapter 19|6 pages

THE YEAR WHEN EVERYTHING WENT WRONG

chapter 20|6 pages

ON THE WRONG SIDE OF FIFTY

chapter 22|12 pages

THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE