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Sol Wurtzel: The Forgotten Mogul (2006)



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Credited cast:
Scott McIsaac Scott McIsaac ... Himself
Aubrey Solomon Aubrey Solomon ... Himself
Carla Winter Carla Winter ... Herself
Paul Wurtzel Paul Wurtzel ... Himself


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Documentary | Short







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1 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Cloverland Productions See more »
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not a "bonus"
14 August 2009 | by tiggerteen_07See all my reviews

By today's standards, Sol M. Wurtzel would have been a CEO at Fox Films. Therefore the comments of the previous reviewer are rather simplistic. Firstly, because during Wurtzel's tenure at Fox Films (pre-20th merger) he was answerable only to William Fox with whom he corresponded daily.

Wurtzel developed a chronic facial tic and poor health due to the stress of running (almost) single-handedly a major West-coast studio whose boss was based on the East-coast and who refused to travel.

The previous reviewer says that Wurtzel was "not a nice guy". And that had he been "nicer" he would have been more famous. Nonsense.

This mini-documentary features Paul Wurtzel (the irascible son of Sol). Perhaps it is the opinion of the previous reviewer that his son (too) was not a "nice guy".

Perhaps Harry Cohn was not a "nice guy" Perhaps Jack Warner was not a "nice guy" Perhaps Louis B. Mayer was not a "nice guy"

Profitable films make for successful studios. Most studio heads were not known as being "nice". Being "nice" didn't make for profitable box-office returns.

Sol Wurtzel churned out the bulk of Fox's profitable films (pre-Zanuck) When William Fox himself (also not a "nice guy") was ousted from the very business,that bore his name, it was Wurtzel who remained.

Darryl Zanuck saw fit to keep him on after the merger with 20th Century.

It is to be assumed the reviewer of this mini-documentary did not read "William Fox, Sol M. Wurtzel, and the Early Fox Film Corporation". It is questionable whether the producer of the mini-documentary read it.

The inaccuracies contained in the mini-documentary are not a "bonus" and did nothing to enhance the purchase of the Mr. Moto boxed-set nor indeed, the viewing pleasure of same.

Only the title of the mini-documentary rings true.

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