Producers seized the strike as an opportunity to shut down production for the rest of the summer and avoid paying expensive salaries to stars.
Briefly, the building trades union and the Alliance put aside their differences to fend off the producers’ attack, but then strikers began crossing each others’ picket lines to go back to work.
The strike, and its damaging effects on smaller studios, contributed to the rise of a few powerful studios. Wall Street bankers also favored fewer, larger studios as a way of supporting their investment.
This gave even more power to the producers, with those returning to work forced to accept whatever wage rate was offered to them.