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 (Series Cast Summary - 17 of 22)

Edward Asner ... Himself - Host / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
Linwood G. Dunn ... Himself (4 episodes, 1987)

Ginger Rogers ... Herself (4 episodes, 1987)
Pandro S. Berman ... Himself (3 episodes, 1987)
Joseph F. Biroc ... Himself (3 episodes, 1987)

Lucille Ball ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)
Katherine Brown ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)
William Dozier ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)
William Fadiman ... Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1987)

Richard Fleischer ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)
Bert Granet ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)

Jane Greer ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)

Katharine Hepburn ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)

John Houseman ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)

Robert Mitchum ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)
John Springer ... Himself - Publicity Department / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
James G. Stewart ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Charles Chabot .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Leslie Megahey .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Rosemary Wilton .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Alan Yentob .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Les Filby (2 episodes, 1987)
Colin Jones (2 episodes, 1987)

Robert Brown (unknown episodes)
Andy Milne (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Loader .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Pete Wane .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Sound Department
David Jewitt .... film recordist / sound recordist (4 episodes, 1987)
Michael Turner .... film recordist / sound recordist (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Kennedy .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1987)
Ivor Richardson .... rostrum camera (3 episodes, 1987)
Nigel Walters .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1987)

Peter Smokler .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Colin Waldeck .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Andy Milne .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1987)

Mick Hitchman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes, 1987)
Series Other crew
Warwick Gee .... programme servicing manager (3 episodes, 1987)
May Grainger .... film acquisition (3 episodes, 1987)
Vernon Harbin .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1987)
Jane Mayes .... researcher (3 episodes, 1987)

Nicky Fox .... production team (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Frayn .... production team (unknown episodes)
Bruce Gallaway .... film recordist (unknown episodes)
Randy Gitsch .... researcher: RKO Archive (unknown episodes)
Kathy Heaton .... production team (unknown episodes)
Mick Hitchman .... production team (unknown episodes)
Amelia Price .... production team (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
David Chierichetti .... thanks (4 episodes, 1987)
John Hall .... thanks (4 episodes, 1987)

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USA:360 min (6 parts)
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One heck of a mini-series!, 31 March 2004
Author: DOUG DEUSS (SHADO57) from Phoenix, Arizona USA

I do not think there have been any other mini-series such as "Hollywood: The Golden Years" that have gone to such depths to explore the life and death of a major studio. The archival footage is in pristine condition, and the live interviews are all so reflective (and a tad bit sad) of the inner workings of RKO.

I thought Edward Asner -- as host and narrator -- did a bang-up job handling the enormous chores required to properly do this six-parter. I felt the music -- some original, I guess, and some archival -- filled the bill beautifully. Also, each episode had a theme that worked well, with plenty of examples of the subject. I only wish that each episode had been longer. I guess that's the hallmark of a good show: always leave 'em wantin' more!!

My only hope is that this will be released on DVD -- and soon!!

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