Martin J. Quigley was one of the small group of pioneers who shaped the American film industry and dominated every phase of the Glory Days of Hollywood - the half-century beginning with The Birth of a Nation in 1915 and continuing to 1965. As a 25-year-old he entered the motion picture business as founder-editor-publisher of Exhibitors Herald and in the next fifty years produced 10,000 issues of Motion Picture Daily, 2,500 editions of Motion Picture Herald and hundreds of volumes of International Motion Picture Almanac, International Television & Video Almanac and FAME. He was a friend and confidant to all the early moguls. His greatest achievement was the Motion Picture Production Code and the Code administration system based on his idea that the film industry should have a voluntary system of self-regulation in order to remain free of crippling government censorship. He was not just the most powerful trade publisher but also the champion of decent screen entertainment and fair business dealings among all parties. This book details the people, pictures and critical issues to the business and art of motion pictures as seen through his career.
Martin J. Quigley And The Glory Days Of American Film 1915-1965 illuminates the people, films and critical issues of the business and art of motion pictures during those formative years. Included in this book are all the best pictures and top moneymaking stars for each year placed in context by an industry insiders point of view, framed by historical events and illuminated by the people who built the industry; Barney Balaban, Cecil B. De Mille, Adolph Zukor, Louis B. Mayer, Marcus Loew, Darryl F. Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn, Spyros Skouras, Irving Thalberg, Harry Cohn, Howard Hughes and Jack and Harry Warner.
Over 330 pages containing an historical overview of the film business, 40 pages of rarely seen photographs, the history of the origin of motion pictures, the full text of the Production Code and a complete index of people, films and critical issues to the business and art of motion pictures as seen through the life of Martin J. Quigley.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Bill Quigley.