As the only son of Darryl F. Zanuck, the last of Hollywood's legendary moviemakers, Richard Darryl Zanuck had a compulsion to succeed in his father's business. Short and intense, he was once described by a tennis partner as the sort of player "who gives you the feeling that he'd like nothing better than to smash the ball between your eyes." Just 17 months ago, young Zanuck achieved his ambition at 20th Century-Fox, the studio his father helped to found in 1933. After a career as a producer (Compulsion, The Chapman Report) and...

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