Carl Laemmle Jr.
Hollywood history was divided on the legacy of producer Carl Laemmle, Jr. , son of Universal Studios founder, Carl Laemmle, Sr. Though he oversaw some of the most enduring titles in the history of the studio, including "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930), "Dracula" (1931) and "Frankenstein" (1931), he also earned a reputation as a notorious spend thrift whose careless management of the company's finances would eventually contribute to not only his removal as Universal's head of production in 1936, but also his father's ouster that same year. His dismissal effectively ended his brief but notable career in motion pictures, though many of his productions came to be regarded as classics of the horror, drama and musical genres. He was also responsible for introducing color and sync-sound production to Universal, a move that, while exorbitantly expensive, kept the company afloat during the difficult transitional period between silent and "talking" pictures. Carl Laemmle, Jr. ultimately came to represent something of an unlucky hero in Hollywood, one whose knack for selecting great films was also undone by his frivolousness with Universal's finances.