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Old 01-07-2007, 19:47   #1
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Universal under Laemmle Jr.

can anyone recommend some good books/articles/websites/documentaries/anythings! about Universal during the early 1930s? (if possible, dealing with genres beyond the justly celebrated first horror cycle)

I become more impressed with the films overseen by Laemmle Jr. every time I see one (I find him even more interesting, as a producer, than Warner-Zanuck or Thalberg, and that's sayin' somethin!), and there's virtually nothing on the 6-year wunderkind who disappeared into obscurity after pulling out all of the stops to create a great version of Showboat!

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looks like a great place for me to start! thanks Livius!
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'Universal Horror' is a documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh and is absolutely superb. I don't believe its available on it's own but is available as part of the UK Universal Classic Monsters set. It's well worth seeking out.
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no doubt about it DW, it's an excellent doc (got it on my 75th anniversary Drac), but I crave more, non-horror-specific info!

thanks though--and everyone else, if you haven't seen the Universal Horror doc, I recommend that you do!
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If you're specifically looking for something on Laemmle then this title is listed as out of print but there seem to be used copies from marketplace sellers.

EDIT : Check here; looks like it's in print after all.
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hmm...could be interesting--although what I really want is a book on Laemmle Junior... perhaps I'll have to write it myself, because I can't find anything, even in my university's pretty comprehensive e-selection of film journals!

keep throwing em out there Livius--much appreciated!
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