Epilogue: A Jazzy Seventh Chord

In September 1965, on Walter Murch’s first day of graduate film school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Samuel Goldwyn was sitting at his desk at Goldwyn Studios, contemplating retirement; Jack Warner was running Warner Brothers as he had since 1918; and 92 year-old Adolf Zukor was occasionally coming in to work at Paramount, the studio he founded in 1912. But motion-picture theaters were closing all across the country, the television networks were waging their relentless war of attrition against the studios, and corporate vultures were circling: Gulf+Western, a sugar conglomerate, was poised to take over Paramount in 1966, and Kinney National—whose main interests were (ominously) parking ...

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