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Hollywood Renegades
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Library Journal

Aberdeen, J. A.  Hollywood Renegades: The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers. Cobblestone.

Hollywood studios monopolized approximately 95 percent of industry revenues by controling the production and exhibition of motion pictres until the 1948 U.S. Supreme Court Paramount decision outlawed block booking and forced the corporations to sell their theaters.

Organized in 1941, three years after the first studio antitrust suit, the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers (SIMPP) "despised the studio system which made assembly line films" and became powerful lobbyists in the indsutry, the government, and the press for independent production. Original member of SIMPP were notable filmmakers Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney, Samuel Goldwyn, Alex Korda, Mary Pickford, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger, and Orson Welles.

Aberdeen, a film historian, has created a unique and scholarly study of SIMPP's influence on the end of the studio-dominated era of American film production and skillfully integrates the organization's work into the history of Hollywood. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries. (Bruce Henson, Georgia Technical Lib., Atlanta.)

Library Journal - December 2000 - p. 138