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Original Air Date:
May 2008 (Season 22, Episode 4)
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 (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
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Lacy  creator: American Masters

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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USA:228 min (long version)

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The original version, the short version, was broadcast on PBS in 2008, and ran ninety minutes in one episode. The later version, the long version, was broadcast on PBS in 2012, and ran two hundred twenty-eight minutes in (four) fifty-seven minute episodes.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious and well-produced..., 18 March 2009
Author: jlewis77-1 from United States

This 3-part documentary covers the history of Warner Bros. in greater depth than the previous HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, WARNER BROS., with dedicated film critic Richard Schickel providing a more highbrow tone. Somewhat light on studio politics and the personal lives of the mogul family, it nonetheless makes good use of classic film clips from the early silent features (My Four Years In Germany) to the Batman series. All of the important high-points are covered: the canine exploits of Rin Tin Tin, the Vitaphone "talkie" revolution, Al Jolson in THE JAZZ SINGER, the gangster roles of Robinson/Cagney/Bogart, the glossy star vehicles of Bette Davis and Errol Flynn, the company's role in World War II, the 1953 arrival of 3-D and CinemaScope, the belated move into television production the following year, the short career of James Dean, the "new cinema" of the sixties as represented by BONNIE AND CLYDE, the rise of independent directors like Scorsese and Kubrick, and the franchises of Superman, THE MATRIX and Harry Potter. The narration by Clint Eastwood fits in nicely, often maintaining a low-key tone amidst eventful and sometimes violent screen clips. Most of the interviews provide great fodder; I particularly liked Carroll Baker's comments on the troubled 1950s period and Molly Haskell's perspective on Doris Day.

The selection reflects the director's personal tastes. On the one hand, the inclusion of such off-beat pictures like STORM WARNING and THE BEAST OF 20,000 FATHOMS and interesting flops like NOAH'S ARK and THE SILVER CHALICE are a definite plus. On the other hand, Schickel's preference for monochrome in Part 1 gives the false impression that Warners did not shoot in Technicolor prior to THE ADVENTURES IN ROBIN HOOD, while the studio was, in fact, a major leader in that process starting in 1929. As expected, the emphasis is on features and not short subjects; although a few early Vitaphone shorts of the '20s, Joe McDoakes and Bugs Bunny do get some recognition. Praise must also be given to the restoration quality of the sequences, making one wish Warner Home Video would hurry up and get many of these great films on DVD as soon as possible.

The basic "problem", as indicated in previous reviews on this site, is the overemphasis on the studio's crime dramas. The Busby-Berkeley sequences are too short and, apart from the demanded inclusion of YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, there is little fun and music until the arrival of Doris Day in Part 2. Excluding A STAR IS BORN (a serious and depressing musical that would fit quite well with the many social commentaries that DID make the cut), we zip through the late '50s/'60s like lightning (obviously skipping MUSIC MAN) in order to focus more on the then-shocking scenes of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, DELIVERANCE and THE EXORCIST. There's little question that the 70s were more productive at Warner's than other studios (i.e. MGM), but the overall tone (as represented in these clips) is quite sadistic. The arrival of DRIVING MISS DAISY couldn't come soon enough.

It is wonderful that both the producers and PBS took on this subject. (The companion book is quite good.) Unfortunately, it could use some of the "fun factor" of previous anthologies like Hollywood THE GOLDEN YEARS (RKO), MGM: WHEN THE LION ROARS and 20TH CENTURY FOX: THE FIRST 50 YEARS & THE BLOCKBUSTER YEARS. I remember once thinking Patrick Stewart's coverage of MGM was a bit hammy and over-the-top. This series could certainly use him to lighten the load, as clarified when I re-watched that series on DVD last month.

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