Host Henry Fonda follows the creation of the star system with Mary Pickford in the Silent Era through its demise in the early Sixties.

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Host Henry Fonda follows the creation of the star system with Mary Pickford in the Silent Era through its demise in the early Sixties. Some of the silent stars created archetypes like William S. Hart's strong, silent Westerner, Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckling adventurer, and Rudolph Valentino's Latin lover. Their mantles were picked in the 30s by Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn and Charles Boyer respectively. Some iconic stars from Hollywood's Golden Era like Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Bette Davis, and Clark Gable are given special scrutiny. Fonda concedes that although the studio system that produced these stars has disappeared, the public's need to identify with performers will create the new stars of the future, and speculates which of the current breed of actors and actresses (Shirley Maclaine, Warren Beatty, Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Natale Wood, etc.) will be the stars of tomorrow. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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20 February 1963 (USA)  »

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Host: [about a close-up of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe] Gable... Monroe... these are only two of the magical names that conjure up almost a lifetime of wondrous illusion. They are among a handful of unique personalities who belong on the roster of great stars, those in whose images audiences over the years have found some illusive fulfillment. The climate that produced them has changed, but the affection born out of need for them remains. This is essentially a love story, a story that begins when ...
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They All Laughed
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Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
[Fred and Ginger dance to it in "Shall We DAnce" clip]
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A Look at the Legends
2 September 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

When viewed today this here is a pretty basic and simple documentary that shows off some of the biggest stars in Hollywood's history. However, I'm sure when this was shown in 1963 several of these film clips probably hadn't been seen in years if not decades so there's no doubt that watching this when it was first released probably had a much bigger impact.

Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbank, William S. Hart, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland are just some of the stars highlighted.

Henry Fonda plays host and narrator as we go through the various stars that have graced Hollywood. As you can tell from the list, everyone got their start in the 30's with the exception being Brando, which just goes to show the impact he had on Hollywood that he would have been included. For the most part this is a mildly interesting documentary but as I said it probably had a greater impact when released than today. It's worth noting that Monrue gets quite a bit of screen time, which was probably due to the fact that she had died less than a year before this was shown.


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