Robert Preston narrates this documentary about Hollywood during the
1930s. It's a decent enough overview of the period for the average
viewer, however, for the serious film buff the film is severely lacking
and COULD have been a lot better. First, although many of the stars in
the MANY clips used were identified, many more were not. It was, at
times, inexplicable. Second, NONE of the movies shown are
identified...NONE! So, clip after clip are shown but you might have no
idea which movies they are! And, if you like a clip and want to see the
entire film, you probably have no idea where to start!! Third, and I
think this is a much lesser problem, some of the prints used were
pretty poor. My comments about this film, incidentally are much the
same for "Going Hollywood: The War Years"--and probably is true of all
the "Going Hollywood" Documentaries. Overall, worth seeing but just not
all that well made. However, for the casual viewer, it will be somewhat
educational and reasonably enjoyable.
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