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Out of the Closet, Off the Screen: The Life of William Haines (2001)

TV-MA  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  13 June 2001 (USA)
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In 1930, Billy Haines was America's number one box office star. Then he came out. When Louis B. Mayer ordered him to dump his lover, Jimmie Shields, Haines refused and started a second ... See full summary »

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Himself (archive footage)
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Older Haines
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William Haines
William J. Mann ...
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Himself
Bob Wildman ...
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In 1930, Billy Haines was America's number one box office star. Then he came out. When Louis B. Mayer ordered him to dump his lover, Jimmie Shields, Haines refused and started a second career as an interior decorator. He was sucessful and the couple lived together happily for over 50 years. This is their story. Written by Havan_IronOak@Bigfoot.com

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Interesting, but much too short
13 January 2005 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of Mr. Haines prior to seeing this, and I'm gay and a film fanatic, so this was quite interesting. It shows how little Hollywood has changed in the last 100 years. In fact, it seems they were more open and accepting in the 1920's than they are today. A point they make frequently. Nowadays, the big stars still feel they have to hide in the closet, except today it's for fear of losing their $10 million salaries more than for 'political reasons'. It certainly can't be for fear of being typecast or they must be really bad actors. I've been an actor for over 30 years (no you wouldn't have heard of me), and I have NEVER been cast as gay (much to my own disappointment).

Anyway, despite what one other reviewer said, there is absolutely nothing about sex in this brief film. So if you're straight or pretending to be so, you need have no fear.


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