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Ben Hecht called him White Fang, and director Charles Vidor took him to court for verbal abuse. The image of Harry Cohn as vulgarian is such a part of Hollywood lore that it is hard to believe there were other Harry Cohns: the only studio president who was also head of production; the ex-song plugger who scrutinised scripts and grilled writers at story conferences; a man who could look at actresses as either broads or goddesses. Drawing on personal interviews as well as previously unstudied source material (conference notes, memos, and especially the teletypes between Harry and his brother Jack), Bernard Dick offers a radically different portrait of the man who ran Columbia Pictures-and who had to be boss -from 1932 to 1958.
|Publication date:||9th October 2009|
|Author:||Bernard F. Dick|
|Publisher:||The University Press of Kentucky|
|Categories:||Films, cinema, Cinema industry,|
Bernard F. Dick, professor of communications and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is the author of numerous books on film history, including Engulfed: the Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood and Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars.More About Bernard F. Dick