The 1940s, Hollywood And The Studio System

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Before the 1940s, Hollywood and the Studio System, was one that carried the American Film Industry to new heights and brought on different visions from aspiring filmmakers and film companies. What was once just a convenient place to escape the grasp and control of The Trust, became the place to be during the 1920s. Hollywood was thriving with the system it created. The Big Five film companies created movies that made those years the Golden Age of Hollywood. But of course a system that gave the majority of the power to only a handful of top companies, wasn’t going to last long. The 1940s brought on the development of Television, low finances, and the Supreme Court decision on the Paramount Case. Although the 1940s through the 1960s brought on …show more content…
In 1948, the number of television sets in American households started at 172, 000 to 1 million by the next year. And ever since then, the number has increased. So by the end of the fifties, close to ninety percent of American homes had a television in their household. Television had become the dominant recreational activity compared to movies to the American people. But this increase in TVs in homes was very destructive to Hollywood. The lost of money was a huge impact to film companies and the movie industry. Theaters had to increase ticket prices, due to lack of money, but that worsened the situation because soon theaters had to close down due to the lack of an audience. On a production level, revenues declined so studio systems had to cut back on movie budgets. So all in all, Hollywood was going under retrenchment. Every person that was involved in Hollywood and moviemaking suffered. Actors, writers, and producers were taken off their long-term contracts and the work force of the people considered “under the line” was greatly diminished. Due to the fact that television was the go-to for the American people, the film industry suffered greatly due to the loss of an audience. And once that was gone, theaters began to disappear, some being demolished or destroyed while some were used as space and converted into different venues. So while theaters were disappearing, the film industry and companies were losing money due to the lack interest in the movies they were putting out. So of course, the people were affected, losing their jobs and shortening contracts. Television was basically taking over the entertainment

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