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The screen industry's big men, 1952

The screen industry's big men, 1952

Michael Moodabe (left), one of the brothers who owned the Amalgamated Cinema chain, and Spyros P. Skouras, president of 20th Century-Fox, are shown here meeting at Wellington's Royal Oak Hotel in 1952. Screen industry veteran John O’Shea described Skouras as one of the ‘shirt-sleeved, cigar-chomping rowdies of America who built up the movie business’. Until the arrival of television, the big distributors had considerable power, largely controlling what the public saw.

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Megan Cook, 'Screen industry - The early years, 1895 to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 22 Oct 2014