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Director:
Writer:
Philippe Mora (written by)
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Release Date:
26 November 1975 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
Great teaching tool! See more (6 total) »

Cast

 
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews (archive footage)
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (archive footage)
Patty Andrews ... Patty (archive footage)

Fred Astaire ... (archive footage)

Warner Baxter ... (archive footage)

Wallace Beery ... Himself (archive footage)
Brooks Benedict ... (archive footage)

Constance Bennett ... (archive footage)

Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Benny)

Busby Berkeley ... Himself (archive footage)

Irving Berlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Willie Best ... (archive footage)
Herman Bing ... (archive footage)

Joan Blondell ... (archive footage)

Humphrey Bogart ... (archive footage)

Fanny Brice ... Herself (archive footage)

Joe E. Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
James Burke ... (archive footage)

James Cagney ... Himself (archive footage)

Cab Calloway ... (archive footage)

Eddie Cantor ... (archive footage)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... (archive footage)
George Chandler ... (archive footage)

Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Spencer Charters ... (archive footage)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)

Mae Clarke ... (archive footage)

Betty Compson ... Herself (archive footage)

Gary Cooper ... (archive footage)

Jackie Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)

Bing Crosby ... (archive footage)

Frankie Darro ... (archive footage)
William B. Davidson ... (archive footage)

Cecil B. DeMille ... Himself (archive footage)

Marlene Dietrich ... (archive footage)
John Dillinger ... Himself - Famous Gangster (archive footage)
John Wilson Dillinger ... Himself - John Dillinger's Father (archive footage)

Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Disney)

Marie Dressler ... Herself (archive footage)
Tom Dugan ... (archive footage)

Margaret Dumont ... (archive footage)
James Dunn ... (archive footage)

Irene Dunne ... Herself (archive footage)

Jimmy Durante ... Himself (archive footage)

Nelson Eddy ... Himself (archive footage)

Cliff Edwards ... Himself (archive footage)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Elliott ... (archive footage)

Madge Evans ... (archive footage)

Alice Faye ... Herself (archive footage)
Stepin Fetchit ... (archive footage)

W.C. Fields ... (archive footage) (as Bill)

Errol Flynn ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Foran ... (archive footage)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)
Preston Foster ... (archive footage)

Kay Francis ... Herself (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... Himself (archive footage)

Greta Garbo ... Herself (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)

Janet Gaynor ... (archive footage)

George Gershwin ... Himself (archive footage)

Benny Goodman ... (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... (archive footage)
Woody Guthrie ... Himself (archive footage)

Oliver Hardy ... Himself (archive footage)

Jean Harlow ... Herself (archive footage)

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... (archive footage)

Katharine Hepburn ... Herself (archive footage)

Billie Holiday ... Herself (archive footage)
Herbert Hoover ... Himself (archive footage)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Hoover)

Bob Hope ... (archive footage)

William Hopper ... (archive footage) (as DeWolf Hopper Jr.)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)

Walter Huston ... (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Al Jolson ... Himself (archive footage)

Boris Karloff ... Himself (archive footage)

Ruby Keeler ... (archive footage)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Fiorello LaGuardia ... Himself (archive footage)

Hedy Lamarr ... (archive footage)

Stan Laurel ... Himself (archive footage)

Gypsy Rose Lee ... Herself (archive footage)

Vivien Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

Carole Lombard ... Herself (archive footage)
Huey Long ... Himself (archive footage) (as Senator Huey Long)

Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)

Myrna Loy ... Herself (archive footage)

Bela Lugosi ... Himself (archive footage)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage) (as General Douglas MacArthur)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Herself (archive footage)

Fredric March ... (archive footage)

Chico Marx ... (archive footage)

Groucho Marx ... (archive footage)

Harpo Marx ... (archive footage)

Ethel Merman ... Herself (archive footage)

Grant Mitchell ... (archive footage)

Paul Muni ... (archive footage)
Fayard Nicholas ... (archive footage)
Harold Nicholas ... (archive footage)
Pat Nixon ... Herself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)

Dick Powell ... (archive footage)

Eleanor Powell ... Herself (archive footage)

William Powell ... Himself (archive footage)

Tyrone Power ... Himself (archive footage)

George Raft ... (archive footage)

Paul Robeson ... (archive footage)
Dewey Robinson ... (archive footage)

Edward G. Robinson ... (archive footage)

Will Rogers ... Himself (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... Himself (archive footage)
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself (archive footage)

Eleanor Roosevelt ... Herself (archive footage)
Elliott Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
James Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
John A. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
Cliff Saum ... (archive footage)
Max Schmeling ... Himself (archive footage)
Kate Smith ... Herself (archive footage)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Herself (archive footage)

James Stewart ... (archive footage)

Shirley Temple ... Herself (archive footage)

Spencer Tracy ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)

Rudy Vallee ... Himself (archive footage)

Ethel Waters ... Herself (archive footage)

John Wayne ... Himself (archive footage)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Himself (archive footage)

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)

Mae West ... Herself (archive footage)
Harlow Wilcox ... (archive footage)
Wendell Willkie ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Wilson ... (archive footage)
Walter Winchell ... Walter Winchell (archive footage)

Fay Wray ... Herself (archive footage)

Loretta Young ... Herself (archive footage)
Tammany Young ... (archive footage)
Giuseppe Zangara ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Philippe Mora 
 
Writing credits
Philippe Mora (written by)

Produced by
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
David Puttnam .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Jeremy Thomas 
 
Sound Department
George Akers .... dubbing editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recordist
Mike Taylor .... dubbing assistant (as Michael Taylor)
 
Editorial Department
Kathy Dougherty .... assistant editor (as Kathy Doughtery)
Xavier Russell .... apprentice editor
Michael Saxton .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Michael Barlow .... research
Leontine Ruette .... assistant to producer
Jennifer E. Ryan .... research (as Jennifer Ryan)
Susan Winslow .... research
 
Thanks
Tom Bade .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation (as Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.)
Peter Guber .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
Marty Halperin .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation (as Martin Halperin)
Jordan Kalfus .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
Alan Ladd Jr. .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation (as Alan Ladd Jnr.)
Leonard Maltin .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
David V. Picker .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation (as David Picker)
Raymond Rohauer .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
Daniel Selznick .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
David Shepard .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
Henri Silx .... the producers wish to thank: for their help and cooperation
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Big Fights, The  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as The Big Fights Inc.)
  • Columbia Pictures  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation
  • Fox Movietone News  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Fox Movietonews Inc.)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Library  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park)
  • Guffanti Film Laboratories  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Guffanti Film Laboratories Inc.)
  • Independent Television News (ITN)  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Independent Television News, London)
  • J.E.D. Productions  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation
  • John E. Allen Inc.  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Johnny Allen Inc.)
  • Library of Congress  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.)
  • Pathe Film Library  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation
  • RKO General Pictures  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as RKO General Inc.)
  • Sherman Grinberg Film Libraries  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.)
  • U.S. National Archives and Record Service  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as National Archives and Records Services, Washington)
  • United Artists  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as United Artists Corp.)
  • Video Communications (VCI)  VHS package design
  • World Backgrounds Digital Library  the producers wish to thank: the following archives and companies for their help and co-operation (as World Background Ltd)

Additional Details

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Runtime:
Sweden:109 min | USA:103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shown at San Sebastian Film Festival 2007 and Barcelona 2012.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Great teaching tool!, 1 April 2004
Author: kb2uoe

I'm a high school history teacher, and have been using this film to show my students (mostly foreign) how the media portrayed the Great Depression. I also assign term papers about the era, and this movie gives them a good idea of what to choose. So far, I've had students choose to write on dance marathons, the dust storms, hobos,and the building of the Hoover Dam, just to name a few subjects.

At first, they get a kick out of the music and the costumes, but the scenes of homeless people, the breadlines, and the general despair really hit home. Many never realized that America, the land of opportunity, was a land of unemployment, hunger, and fear for nearly a decade.

This movie is a must to all who want to evoke the feel of the Depression and not just have the kids read it out of dry books. It's very hard to get someone in to speak first-hand about the era, this movie speaks for them.

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