Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-261), index and filmography.
Introduction: Hollywood looks at its audience -- The campaign. Annus horribilis -- Goldwyn's folly -- Such a thing as bad publicity -- The moviegoing habit -- Exhibitors, the movie quiz contest, and a divided industry. The minds of exhibitors -- The carrot and the stick -- The quiz contest on the ground -- What the contest did for me -- Independents rebel -- The campaign and the press. The film industry speaks its mind -- Marginal moviegoers -- The gossip columnists -- The dailies have their say -- The films. "The finest array of productions" -- Ninety-four films -- The death of glamour -- Human films -- The human side of screwball -- You can't take it with you -- Four daughters -- Boys town -- Marie Antoinette -- That's entertainment -- The fourth estate -- Conclusion: motion pictures' worst year.