Hollywood: Season 1, Episode 2

In the Beginning (15 Jan. 1980)

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Some of the less affluent studios escape bad weather and legal entanglements in New Jersey and make Hollywood the world film capitol.

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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Dwan ...
William Hornbeck ...
Henry King ...
Anita Loos ...
Louis Mountbatten ...
Himself (as Lord Mountbatten)
Harvey Parry ...


Although the movies begin in New Jersey, legal and weather problems encourage the less affluent studios to move to sunny Southern California where they can be out of the reach of injunctions and benefit from year round warm weather. Some of the earliest pioneers like Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse L. Lasky, and D. W. Griffith lead the way that will make Hollywood the movie capitol of the world.. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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15 January 1980 (UK)  »

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Features Faithful (1910) See more »


Music: Unknown composer
Lyrics Daniel Decatur Emmett (1861)
Used during "Silent Heroes" scene as background music
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Not perfect, but still exceptional
11 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like episode 1, episode 2 seems to suffer a bit when it comes to an analysis of the early American silent films. While it talks some about the film industry in New Jersey (the biggest in America in the early part of the 20th century), it skips through this important period VERY quickly--too quickly for my taste. So, the works of the Edison Company and others are barely mentioned at all. It makes it seem like until Hollywood was incorporated, there was almost no American film industry. However, apart from this mistaken impression it gives, the show is top- notch. As always, it was great interviews and clips. It also gives a lot of interesting material about the early king and queen of silents, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford and the impact they had on the world. And, it explains how the American films surpassed the output of the rest of the world and soon were the leading exporter of culture to the world. Well worth seeing.

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