By Neal Gabler
Publish yr note; First released September 1st 1988
Winner of the Los Angeles Times booklet Award for heritage, this "wonderful historical past of the golden age of the motion picture moguls" (Chicago Tribune ) is a provocative, unique, and richly wonderful staff biography of the Jewish immigrants who have been the relocating forces in the back of the production of America's movie industry.
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The Mint is still here; so is Penn Treaty Park, now virtually unknown to modern Philadelphians. The Poe House has been elevated, per Morley's request, into a national landmark. Philly and Camden still share claims to Walt Whitman, and Walt's ferries, recalled herein, will soon be running again between the two cities. The stone building engraved with the name of the Tripoli Barber Supply Company, on Ninth below South Street, no longer offers "the Vesuvius Quinine Tonic"; it's now an antique shop, but the building and the engraving remain, as if materialized directly from these pages.
The air was faintly fragrant with incense, having almost the aroma of burning cedar wood. A constant patter of hushed footfalls on the marble floor was due to the entrance and exit of stealthy worshipers coming in for a few minutes of silence in the noon recess. Just around the corner from the Cathedral one looks across the broad playground of the Friends' Select School on to the bright, cheerful face of Race street. In that 1600 block Race is a typical Philadelphia street of the old sort plain brick houses with slanted roofs and dormer windows, white and green shutters and scoured marble steps.