The author sees Hollywood as an idea, a trick, a religion even that has swept the world. The book reveals what the bosses did, and why and how, but also feels the impact on the mass audiences. The author describes the grand panorama and shows how it fits together, from Bogart and the Marx Brothers to Daryl Zanuck. The business is the neglected aspect of the story about Hollywood, and the author maintains that amid all the hype and pretension, we should always follow the money. Includes index.