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Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | History  -  13 March 1966 (West Germany)
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Host Gene Kelly takes a nostalgic look at silent films from their earliest beginnings to the introduction of sound with "The Jazz Singer."

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Host/narrator Gene Kelly takes a nostalgic look at silent films from their earliest beginnings in New York and New Jersey with primitive features like "The Great Train Robbery" to the migration of the independent filmmakers like Cecil B. DeMille to the sleepy suburb of Los Angeles called Hollywood to avoid lawsuits from the film trust controlled by Thomas Edison. There the industry flourished when they created the star system with personalities like Maurice Costello, Florence Lawrence, Theda Bara, Clara Kimble Young, and Francis X. Bushman, movies' first matinée idol. The industry grew in stature in the Teens and Twenties led by the technically innovative D.W. Griffith with epics like "The Birth of a Nation" and Intolerance" and blossomed with such superstars like Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charles Chaplin. Scenes from some of the great silent classics like "The Big Parade, "King of Kings" and "Wings" are shown. The silent era comes to an end with Warner Bros. historic ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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13 March 1966 (West Germany)  »

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Hollywood: Los años dorados  »

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Although Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard are mentioned in conjunction with other big stars of the Silent Era, in reality, although their careers did start in the last years of the period, they did not become stars until after sound films arrived. See more »

Goofs

Narrator Gene Kelly includes Darryl F. Zanuck with the other pioneering studio executives like Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor, and William Fox. Actually Zanuck did not become a studio executive until the mid-1939s when he formed Twntieth Century Pictures. See more »

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Himself - Host: [Last lines to the camera] See you at the movies.
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Features The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) See more »

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Dixie
(aka "I Wish I Was in Dixie") (uncredited)
1850s minstrel song
Composed by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Integrated into background music for "Birth of a Nation" sequence
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