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5 February 2002 (USA) See more »
This documentary on the history of short subjects was first shown on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Chevy Chase ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Anger ... Himself (uncredited)
Richard L. Bare ... Himself (uncredited)
Nat Benchley ... Himself (uncredited)

Sid Caesar ... Himself (uncredited)
Phyllis Coates ... Herself (uncredited)

Tim Conway ... Himself (uncredited)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (uncredited)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Herself (uncredited)
Joe DeRita ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Dunster ... Himself (uncredited)
Raymond Fielding ... Himself (uncredited)

Larry Fine ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe Franklin ... Himself (uncredited)
Sylvia Froos ... Herself (uncredited)
Richard Goldstone ... Himself (uncredited)
Lorna Gray ... Herself (uncredited)
Sanford Green ... Himself (uncredited)

Bruce Helford ... Himself (uncredited)
Robert Henabery ... Himself (uncredited)

Gregory Hines ... Himself (uncredited)

Moe Howard ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ron Hutchinson ... Himself (uncredited)
Illinois Jacquet ... Himself (uncredited)
Robert Lees ... Himself (uncredited)
Frank Lillo ... Himself (uncredited)

Harold Lloyd ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Howie Mandel ... Himself (uncredited)

Rose Marie ... Herself (uncredited)

Branford Marsalis ... Himself (uncredited)
Dorothy Morris ... Herself (uncredited)

Howard Morris ... Himself (psa for savings bonds) (uncredited)

Bob Newhart ... Himself (uncredited)
Joseph M. Newman ... Himself (uncredited)
Fayard Nicholas ... Himself (uncredited)

Hal Roach ... Himself (1992 interview) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mack Sennett ... Himself (uncredited) (archive sound)

George Sidney ... Himself (uncredited)
Jay R. Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Viola Smith ... Herself (uncredited)
Jacqueline Taylor ... Herself (uncredited)
Sam White ... Himself (uncredited)
Thelma White ... Herself (uncredited)
Toby Wing ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
John Griffin 
Writing credits
Leonard Maltin (writer)

Leonard Maltin (book "The Great Movie Shorts")

John Griffin (writer)

Produced by
Tom Brown .... executive producer: Turner Classic Movies
George Feltenstein .... executive producer: Turner Entertainment
Peter Jones .... executive producer
Peter Jones .... producer
Melissa Roller .... supervising producer: Turner Classic Movies
Helen Hood Scheer .... associate producer
Tanayi Seabrook .... associate producer
Andrew Tilles .... supervising producer
Film Editing by
Rick Weis 
Sound Department
Mike Forslund .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Lars Bunch .... motion control camera operator (as Lars Bunche)
Music Department
George Feltenstein .... music supervisor
Other crew
Richard Bann .... source: archival materials
Richard L. Bare .... source: archival materials
William Chertok .... source: archival materials
Erwin Dumbrille .... source: archival materials
William Dunster .... source: archival materials
Raymond Fielding .... source: archival materials
Arthur B. Friedman .... source: archival materials
Sanford Green .... source: archival materials
Robert Henabery .... source: archival materials
Ron Hutchinson .... source: archival materials
Robert Lees .... source: archival materials
Lanny Lewin .... source: archival materials
Leonard Maltin .... source: archival materials
Dorothy Morris .... source: archival materials
Joseph M. Newman .... source: archival materials (as Joseph Newman)
Dora E. Porter .... source: archival materials
Marc Prevost .... title designer: opening titles
Douglas Smith .... source: archival materials
Laura Steinhoff .... researcher
Olivia Varela .... researcher
Marc Wanamaker .... source: archival materials
Sam White .... source: archival materials
Paul E. Gierucki .... source: archival materials (uncredited)
Ron Bernkopf .... special thanks
Bill Cappello .... special thanks
Daniel Cardenas .... special thanks
Colin Egan .... special thanks
Tom Karsch .... special thanks
Richard P. May .... special thanks (as Richard May)
Roger Mayer .... special thanks
John Newton .... special thanks
Paul Stiegelbauer .... special thanks
Rabbi Zwick .... special thanks

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Additional Details

89 min

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Included as a bonus feature in Warner Home Video's 2006 2-disc DVD release "TCM Archives - Laurel and Hardy Collection".See more »
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Entertaining, 20 September 2006
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Fun documentary on short subjects--they used to play before movies in theatres. They explain how it started and show Hal Roach as the first man who started comedy shorts with the Our Gang (later Little Rascels) and Laurel and Hardy and such. We see early vitophone shorts; vaudeville and novelty acts; 3D shorts (as early as the 1940s!); the Three Stooges; famous actors and directors who started in shorts; travelogues; serials and cartoons. It seems television killed them in the 1950s. The film primarily focuses on the MGM short studio (no surprise--TCM co produced this and they own the library of all MGM movies). There's some incredible stuff here but it's too short (no pun intended). They also just focus on MGM and almost entirely ignore the other studios. Still, within its limits, this is fun and entertaining. I give it an 8.

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