J. A. Hollywood Renegades: The Society of Independent Motion Picture
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
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