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Original Air Date:
May 2008 (Season 22, Episode 4)
User Reviews:
Boring and VERY Badly Edited See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself - Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Arliss ... Benjamin Disraeli / Montgomery Royle (archive footage)

Carroll Baker ... Herself - Interviewee

John Barrymore ... Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana (archive footage)

Billy Barty ... Baby in 'Pettin' in the Park' Number (archive footage)
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Interviewee

Warner Baxter ... Julian Marsh (archive footage)

Warren Beatty ... Himself - Interviewee

Rudy Behlmer ... Himself - Interviewee

Andrew Bergman ... Himself - Interviewee

Busby Berkeley ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Eugenie Besserer ... Sara Rabinowitz (archive footage)

Joan Blondell ... Dot (archive footage)

Humphrey Bogart ... Harve (archive footage)

Ernest Borgnine ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Bradbury ... Himself - Interviewee

Betty Bronson ... Grace (archive footage)
Halbert Brown ... Ambassador James W. Gerard (archive footage)

James Cagney ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

John Calley ... Himself - Interviewee
Charlotte Chandler ... Herself - Interviewee

Mae Clarke ... Kitty (archive footage)

George Clooney ... Himself - Interviewee

Donald Cook ... Mike Powers (archive footage)
Richard Corliss ... Himself - Interviewee
Stanley Cortez ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Ernest Cossart ... Pa Monaghan (archive footage)

Dolores Costello ... Esther Harper (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... (archive footage)

Frankie Darro ... Edward 'Eddie' Smith (archive footage)

Bette Davis ... Mary / Julie (archive footage)

Olivia de Havilland ... Maid Marian / Hermia, In love with Lysander (archive footage)
Stanley Donen ... Himself - Interviewee

Josephine Dunn ... Molly Winton (archive footage)

Ann Dvorak ... Vivian Revere Kirkwood (archive footage)
John Eldredge ... Gordon Heath (archive footage: Dangerous [1935])
Julius J. Epstein ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Glenda Farrell ... Marie (archive footage)

Errol Flynn ... Robin Hood / Wade Hatton (archive footage)

Henry Fonda ... Preston Dillard (archive footage)
Neal Gabler ... Himself - Interviewee
Gary Giddins ... Himself - Interviewee
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Interviewee

Howard Hawks ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Paul Henreid ... Jerry Durrance (archive footage)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Arthur Hohl ... Ed Sipple (archive footage)

William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)
Maynard Holmes ... Pratt - Personnel Office (archive footage)

Miriam Hopkins ... Millie Drake (archive footage)

Kim Hunter ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Allen Jenkins ... John 'Johnny' (archive footage)

Ben Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Al Jolson ... Jakie Rabinowitz / Al Stone (archive footage)

Alex Karras ... Mongo (archive footage)

Elia Kazan ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Ruby Keeler ... Peggy Sawyer / Barbara Hemingway, aka Joan Grey (archive footage)

Margot Kidder ... Herself - Interviewee

Patric Knowles ... Will Scarlett (archive footage)
Howard Koch ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Henry Kolker ... J.P. Carter (archive footage)
Eric Lax ... Himself - Interviewee

Mervyn LeRoy ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Dorothy Mackaill ... Gilda Carlson, aka Gilda Erickson (archive footage)

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Interviewee
Giovanni Martinelli ... Canio in 'Pagliacci' (archive footage)
Paul McAllister ... Noah (archive footage)

Paul Muni ... James Allen (archive footage)

Jack Nicholson ... Himself - Interviewee

Pat O'Brien ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Warren Oates ... Himself (archive footage)

Warner Oland ... The Cantor (archive footage)
Susan Orlean ... Herself - Interviewee

Gregory Orr ... Interviewee

William T. Orr ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Eugene Pallette ... Joseph 'Joe' Flood (archive footage)

Arthur Penn ... Himself - Interviewee
Edwin Phillips ... Tommy Gordon (archive footage)

Frank Pierson ... Himself - Interviewee

Dick Powell ... Billy Lawler / James 'Jimmy' Higgens (archive footage)
Peter Rainer ... Himself - Interviewee

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Robert Redford ... Himself - Interviewee

Christopher Reeve ... Superman (archive footage)

Rin Tin Tin ... Lobo - Leader of the Wolf Pack (archive footage)

Edward G. Robinson ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Ginger Rogers ... Fay (archive footage)

Andrew Sarris ... Himself - Interviewee

Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Interviewee

A.O. Scott ... Himself - Interviewee

Ann Sheridan ... Randy Monaghan (archive footage)

Vincent Sherman ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Alexis Smith ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Steven Spielberg ... Himself - Interviewee

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lily Powers (archive footage)
George Stoll ... Himself, Violinist (archive footage)
David Thomson ... Himself - Interviewee

Robert Towne ... Himself - Interviewee

Claire Trevor ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Stephen Tropiano ... Himself
Kenneth Turan ... Himself - Interviewee
Arthur Vinton ... Captain Joyce (archive footage)
Hal B. Wallis ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Raoul Walsh ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Jack Warner Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Pierre Watkin ... Second Trial Judge (archive footage)
Minor Watson ... Sam Winters (archive footage)

Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford (archive footage)

William A. Wellman ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Warren William ... Raymond Harding (archive footage)
Edward Woods ... Matt Doyle (archive footage)

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Interviewee

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Schickel 
Writing credits
Richard Schickel (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... executive producer
Douglas Freeman .... co-producer
Faith Ginsberg .... associate producer
Susan Lacy .... producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Cass Warner .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Casey Cohen 
Cinematography by
Kris Denton 
Film Editing by
Faith Ginsberg 
Michael Van Buren 
Production Management
Bryan McKenzie .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Glenn Bates .... sound recordist (multiple segments)
Jean-Pierre Caner .... sound recordist (multiple segments)
Jessica Gaston .... sound assistant
Tara A. Paul .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tara Paul)
Harry E. Snodgrass .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Carroll .... camera operator (episode)
Editorial Department
Terry Goins .... colorist (as Terry W. Goins)
Scott S. Parker .... on-line editor
Other crew
William Meny .... assistant to executive producer
Ike Stranathan .... film clip supervisor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Lacy  creator: American Masters

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:228 min (long version)

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Boring and VERY Badly Edited, 24 September 2008
Author: Falkeep from Texas

While I have enjoyed many of Richard Schickel's previous shows, this one is really pretty much a waste of time. The writing is very boring and pedantic. Watching the show is like sitting through a particularly boring lecture in a college class you really want to enjoy. There isn't a coherent thread of storytelling and it seems to bounce between one topic to the next with little or no transition. I can't tell what the purpose of this documentary is supposed to be... is it about the stars and directors? Is it about the style and themes of the films? Is it about the history of the studio in relation to the world it is in? Is it about everything that happened at WB within specific periods of time? I can't tell what Schickel is trying to get me to take away from this documentary. It is like he has an outline and checklist of things he 'has' to cover and is just going along "Rin Tin Tin... check, The Jazz Singer... check". Where is his passion for his subject?

Clint Eastwood's narration does not pull me into the story he is telling, but then how excited can he be reading the script he was given? The interviews are mostly uninteresting and seem to be a mix of old stuff from Schickel's Men Who Made The Movies series and dropped in to remind us who he has talked to before (and maybe to save him the trouble of doing new work) and talking to critics and academics who we don't know or care about who seem more interested in impressing Schieckel than us, the audience. The camera work on the interviews could have been done by any junior high kid with a tripod and the work of the interviewer does not bring out great storytelling from the interviewees.

Another thing which is bad about this show is the editing... usually very well done in Schickel's documentaries. Some segments show the old magic... like the James Cagney and Busby Berkely segments... which do what the segments should do... make us, the audience, interested enough in the subjects that we want to get the movies we learn about. However, such segments stand out because of how bad he rest of the editing is. I have worked as a projectionist for three decades and know that anyone can cut frames, but editing is more than that. Most of the transitions between shots are very abrupt and look like one shot is dropped down before the end of the previous shot. In addition, the movies we all know are represented by the clichéd clips that we have all seen a thousand times... can he not find anything new to give us about Casablanca and Yankee Doodle Dandy, for example... and not only are all of the clips from those shows the 'usual suspects' he spends way too much time on them rather than spending the time on what we HAVEN"T seen and heard before.

I don't know how much Warner Brothers paid for this hack job, but it was too much and if I am expected to want to buy the DVD to watch this show more than once, sorry... once is more than enough. Maybe it is time for Schickel to call it quits and retire because he sure doesn't seem to have anything worth while to give to the public. I'm sure USC would allow him to give really boring lectures to film students and play his 'greatest hits' to them to show them how wonderful he is.

If you don't get it from my review... I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this documentary to anyone. Jeez, how does ANYONE make the Warner Brothers story a snoozefest? P.S. -- Even before the show starts, you know to expect something bad... the title card of the first part tells us it covers '1929 - 1941' and yet the shows goes back to the teen's and covers films into the 50s. Does Schickel not even know what his show is about or how to use a calendar?

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