At a Paramount sales convention, exhibitors were delighted to hear M-G-M might lend them Clark Gable. A lone voice in the crowd asked, “But will they lend us Thalberg?” — If you’ve ever wondered who that Thalberg character is they named an honorary Oscar for, Mark Vieira’s book is the authoritative answer. And a great read.
Over time Thalberg distilled his business philosophy into five rules:
- Never hold an “unassailable” opinion.
- The clearness with which I see my goal determines the speed in reaching it.
- Expect help from no one.
- Pride goeth before a fall, and the height of the pride determines the severity of the bump.
- Never take any one man’s opinion as final.
Material for this post was gleaned from Mark Vieira’s outstanding book, IRVING THALBERG. Follow the link above to find out more.
(Pictured: Irving Thalberg & Norma Shearer)