American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Zukor, Adolph 1873-1976. Hungarian-born American film producer and executive credited with launching the film careers of such stars as Sarah Bernhardt and John Barrymore. In 1933 he helped found Paramount studios.
“Eventually the newspapers would call Zukor the "Napoleon of Motion Pictures.”
“The old studios understood the contract and built entire systems dedicated to ensuring that the spell was never broken – that their stars were kept perennially supplied with the right furs, jewels, arm candy (and, when the time was propitious, spouse), and in return for the creation of these beautiful, secular gods, the public poured its pennies into the capacious coffers of DeMille, Mayer, Goldwyn and Zukor.”
“A mainstay in New York City since Adolph Zukor opened its doors in 1920, the studio's recent productions include Wall Street 2, Nurse Jackie, and the remake of the Taking of Pelham 123.”
“Cecil was flattered but he assured Zukor and Lasky that he was a company man.”
“However, Zukor was satisfied to split the stock fifty-fifty between both companies in order to make the proposition attractive to us.”
“Trying to placate Zukor, on May 10, 1923, DeMille waved a flag of financial truce: “I fully realize the responsibility of the enormous sum of money I am spending,” he wrote Zukor.”
“The studio that DeMille, Lasky, and Zukor had built was one of the friendliest, low-key places in Hollywood.”
“Lasky and Zukor were Jews, landsmen, and Cecil was only half a landsman, and not even that much emotionally.”
“All this greatly irritated Adolph Zukor, who believed that aside from endangering a primary corporate asset, DeMille was distracting himself.”
“Ten days later, Neilan published a letter in the trade papers: “Neither Mr. Zukor, Mr. Lasky nor Mr. Kent saw the trailer before it was shown at the convention,” insisted Neilan.”
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