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You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM.  But there is another Hollywood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
F.X. Feeney ... Himself

Vampira ... Herself (as Maila Nurmi)
Michael Copner ... Himself

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... Himself
James H. Nicholson ... Himself (archive footage)

Dick Miller ... Himself

Roger Corman ... Himself
Forrest J Ackerman ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Himself (as Joseph P. McBride)
David F. Friedman ... Himself
Michael J. Bowen ... Himself (as Michael Bowen)
Doris Wishman ... Herself
Harry H. Novak ... Himself (as Harry Novak)
Kroger Babb ... Himself (archive footage)
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)

Russ Meyer ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Corman ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Barrington ... Herself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Boris Karloff ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Nicholson ... Himself (archive footage)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself (archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Ray Greene 
 
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Ray Greene 

Produced by
Daniel Hsu Accomando .... associate producer
Ray Greene .... producer
Wade Major .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny English 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Peacock 
 
Film Editing by
Ray Greene 
 
Sound Department
Michael Payne .... supervising sound editor
Andy Peach .... sound re-recording mixer
 
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Daniel Hsu Accomando .... researcher
 

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References The Wages of Sin (1938)See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Birth of the Independent Film and the Discovery of an Untapped Audience, 7 January 2006

Generally well-done, highly introspective detailing of the birth, evolution, rise, and demise of all those exploitation films of the fifties and sixties primarily. Ray Greene narrates, produces, and directs with obvious love for these films and those that made them. Along for informative interviews are Roger Corman, Samuel Arkoff, Harry Novak, David Friedman, and Doris Wishman. The film looks at the rise of these films in an almost clinical/historical approach. Greene tries to relate the film types - gore, nudie cutie, roadshow, etc... - within the historical context surrounding the times. While this undertaking might not seem all that complicated, the films and their distinctive types are legion. Greene does address most of them with enthusiasm and applicable film clips. It was very interesting hearing Corman and Dick Miller reminisce about some of their work in particular, and the documentary definitely got me excited about seeing some films I might not have otherwise seen. That is always a strength of any medium. The DVD has lots of very cool extras which include more interviews and even a weird short from a power company. I wish further examination had been explored into the 70s, perhaps the heyday of these films as far as I am concerned. And though the documentary has a distinct academic nature for a subject you would think could not lend itself to such treatment, everything provided is done so in a most entertaining way. If you love any of these films from the period, the documentary is definitely worth a look or two.

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