Inquiry welcomes back COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University. His latest book is a fascinating history of jazz, race and media titled CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR. Tonight, in part two of our conversation about his book, we talk about the jazz scene in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s, who were the movers and shakers, and how they figure into the larger history of jazz. We also talk about jazz in the early days of film, silents and talkies. If you are interested in the history of jazz, do not miss this show.
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, there the “Big Five” studios that included MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. But in addition to these giants of film making, there were also a number of smaller studios. Some of these lesser studios produced fine major films like Gone With the Wind and Spellbound, while others concentrated on serials and “B” films. Each of them has a fascinating history. On this Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON and we continue our conversation about his book DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD. Tonight we concentrate on the stories of these smaller studios like United Artists, David O. Selznick (shown here with Jennifer Jones) and Republic Pictures, the films they produced, the stars, and the unusual lives of the men who headed these studios. If you love film, do not miss this interview!.