Barefoot Boston Boy Becomes Movie Man

A. T. McKenna

in Showman of the Screen

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780813168715
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780813168814 | DOI:
Barefoot Boston Boy Becomes Movie Man

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This chapter details Levine’s early life, from his birth to his initial work as a film exhibitor, distributor, and promoter. Levine grew up in the horrible poverty of Boston’s West End, and the details of his early life are placed into the historical context of early twentieth-century Boston. As the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Levine not only experienced poverty but also anti-Semitism, and these experiences helped to shape the man he would become. Levine’s numerous early business ventures are also explored, as are his early days as a movie exhibitor and promoter and the importance of his marriage to Rosalie.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; Russian Jewish immigrants; Boston’sWest End; film exhibition; film distribution; film promotion; exploitation film

Chapter.  3309 words. 

Subjects: Film

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