Sunday, December 11, 2005

20th Century-Fox

20th Century Fox

* Known For: John Ford films, Shirley Temple films
* In Charge: Darryl Zanuck
* Directors: John Ford, Walter Lang
* Actresses: Shirley Temple, Loretta Young,Carmen Miranda, Betty Grable, Malilyn Monroe,Vera Ellen, Mauleen O’hara, Ann Baxtor, Gene Tierney
* Actors: Henry Fonda, Charles Boyer, John Wayne, Tyrone Power
* Typical Films: Young Mr. Lincoln, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, Shirley Temple films, Charlie Chan films

FOX was founded in 1913 by William Fox, the studio had begun producing the famous Movietone Newsreels (the precursor of today's network newscasts) even before they moved to their current location.

Had opened their studios in Century City in 1928, on land which used to be the personal ranch of Western movie star Tom Mix.

Merged with Twentieth Century Pictures (which had been founded in 1933 by Daryll Zanuck, after he left Warner Brothers), and the company became 20th Century Fox in 1935.

In the years since, 20th Century Fox Studios has produced such memorable films as: "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), "Rebecca" (1940), "Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Laura" (1944), "State Fair" (1945), the original "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947, and its 1997 remake), "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "The Robe" (1953), "Cleopatra" (1963), "The Sound of Music" (1965), "Hello Dolly" (1969), "Patton" (1970), the original "M*A*S*H" (1970), "The French Connection" (1971), "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972), "Romancing the Stone" (1984), "Cocoon" (1985), "Die Hard" (1988), "Predator" (1987) and "Home Alone" (1990).

to the release of "Titanic," the studio's biggest hit was 1977's "Star Wars," which still ranks as the fourth highest renting movie of all time (behind only "E.T."

...Fox gave us the fourteen "Sherlock Holmes" mysteries starring Basil Rathbone, as well as the five "Planet of the Apes" adventures (1968-1973), the three thrillers based on 1976's "The Omen," and the many "Alien" films starring Sigourney Weaver

Century Fox's epic "All About Eve" was nominated for more Academy Awards (fourteen) than any other motion picture in the history of Hollywood (although it actually won "only" six Oscars, including Best Picture of 1950). 1963's "Cleopatra" was the most expensive film ever made at its time, and its star, Elizabeth Taylor, still holds the world record for the most costumes changes in a single movie (she wore 64 different costumes in that one Egyptian epic).

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