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William Fox

Highest Rated:   100% Seventh Heaven (1927) (1927)
Lowest Rated:   80% A Fool There Was (1915)
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Filmmaker William Fox was the oldest of a large family of immigrants from Austria-Hungary, where he was born. Growing up on New York's Lower East Side, Fox held down a series of jobs before setting up his own business in 1900: the Knickerbocker Cloth Examining and Shrinking Company. When his profits reached $50,000 in 1904, Fox sold the company in order to realize even more capital. Two years later, he bought a failing nickelodeon from British film pioneer J. Stuart Blackton, bolstering business by hiring live acts to entertain the audience between movies. He then set up his own film exchange, the Greater New York Rental Company, in defiance of the monopolistic Motion Pictures Patent Company; he earned the respect of his fellow exchange executives by winning a long legal battle against the Patents trusts.Entering the production end of the business with Box Office Attractions in 1913, Fox eventually merged his theatrical, exchange and studio operations into the Fox Film Corporation, which opened for business in 1914. Banking on the popularity of his biggest stars, including Theda Bara and Tom Mix, Fox maintained one of the most successful and prolific studios in Hollywood; he also accumulated a theatre chain numbering 1000 movie houses by 1927. His bread-and-butter product, directed by such dependables as John Ford and Frank Borzage, enabled Fox to engage such "artistic" directors as F. W. Murnau, who wouldn't bring in much at the box office but could be counted upon for the prestige items which won awards and gained critical adulation. In 1927, Fox acquired the Movietone sound-on-film process, far superior to the competing sound-on-disc Vitaphone, which enabled his studio to make a smooth transition to talkies. He also pioneered the wide-screen film with such productions as The Big Trail, but this innovation was not as successful as Movietone. Ever expanding his empire, Fox acquired a controlling interest in Gaumont-British; when he tried to purchase MGM, however, he over-extended his credit. In dire financial straits thanks to the Wall Street crash, Fox came under attack from many of those in Hollywood who resented his megalomania; this, coupled with the financial mismanagement of certain studio executives, resulted in Fox's ouster from the company which bore his name in 1930. He would bitterly recount his travails in the self-aggrandizing 1933 book Upton Sinclair Presents William Fox. In 1936, one year after his old studio merged with 20th Century, William Fox declared bankruptcy. During the subsequent legal proceedings, Fox tried to bribe a judge and was sentenced to a year in prison in 1941. Paroled in 1943, he tried to set up his own production firm, but no backer was interested in bankrolling the ex-mogul. Though comfortably off thanks to his many patent holdings, William Fox remained "persona non grata" in Hollywood until the time of his death in 1952.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blind Wives
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet Ransom (The Terrorists)
  • Ferris
1974
No Score Yet One Wild Oat
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Me and My Gal
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Young America (We Humans)
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Disorderly Conduct
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions
  • Producer
1931
No Score Yet A Connecticut Yankee
  • Producer
1931
No Score Yet Goldie
  • Producer
1931
No Score Yet Up the River
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Song O' My Heart
  • Producer
1930
No Score Yet Sunny Side Up
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet They Had to See Paris
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet Lucky Star
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet The Valiant
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet Behind That Curtain
  • Producer
1929
No Score Yet Street Angel
  • Producer
1928
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Producer
1928
No Score Yet Four Sons
  • Producer
1928
98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
  • Producer
1927
100% Seventh Heaven (1927)
  • Producer
1927
No Score Yet Fig Leaves
  • Producer
1926
No Score Yet Lazybones
  • Producer
1925
No Score Yet Dick Turpin
  • Producer
1925
No Score Yet The Man Who Played Square
  • Producer
1924
No Score Yet Monte Cristo
  • Producer
1922
No Score Yet Just Pals
  • Producer
1920
No Score Yet If I Were King
  • Producer
1920
No Score Yet Cleopatra
  • Producer
1917
100% Regeneration
  • Producer
1915
80% A Fool There Was
  • Producer
1915

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