Season: 1
Year: 2010


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Peepshow Pioneers

1 November 2010
Audiences were watching projected images as early as the 18th century. But the pictures were drawings, and they didn't move. That would come in the 1880s. The first movie pioneers were self-taught engineers and tinkerers, itinerant entertainers and street-smart showmen. The first film producer was probably the man known as "The Wizard of Menlo Park," Thomas Edison. He perfected a machine that created pictures that moved, although much of the credit belongs to his assistant, W.K.L. Dickson, the industry's first director. From the beginning, American movies were special, but they were influenced by breakthroughs overseas. From France, the brothers Lumiere, owners of a family photography lab, brought scenes of everyday life to the screen, while an ingenious magician, George Melies, created special visual effects that still have the power to amaze. In America, early moviegoers were astonished and amused by almost anything that moved - from vaudeville acts and boxing matches to three-minute gag reels. After a series of odd jobs, ambitious Edwin S. Porter found motion pictures in the early 1890s. While working for Edison, Porter was soon shooting and selling his own. Porter would create one of the first movies with a story, The Great Train Robbery. At the turn of the 19th century, while the movies were being born, America was experiencing a burst of technological ingenuity. The country's social fabric was being transformed by millions of new immigrants. The newcomers arrived with dreams, and many came with the will and imagination to make those dreams come true. The first generation of American movie makers joined with other innovators and entrepreneurs to create a totally new kind of entertainment and an art form that would transform the world. Adolph Zukor, once a successful furrier, joined with Marcus Loew in 1905 to establish a string of "penny arcades." Zukor would eventually found Paramount Pictures, and Loew would create a major theater chain. Carl Laemmle, the future founder of Universal Pictures, was another immigrant entrepreneur who saw promise in making a penny or nickel at a time. The Warner family settled in Youngstown, Ohio. Four brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack - started their movie careers as itinerant showmen, screening movies from town to town. From Hungary came William Fox, who was raised in poverty but found movies a path to success. Louis B. Mayer was the son of an immigrant junk dealer who, like other founding moguls, began as a theater owner. New York quickly became a business and distribution center, but the first "Hollywood" was in Ft. Lee, N.J. Here, the first great American film director, D.W. Griffith, learned his trade and began to develop the foundations of motion picture storytelling. The popularity of movies was unprecedented, and so was the profit potential. Realizing this, Edison joined a group of investors and equipment manufacturers, including Eastman Kodak, to corner the market. They established the Motion Picture Patents Company and demanded royalties from anyone who made movies. The pressures of the trust forced independents to look elsewhere, to the far-reaches of Los Angeles, with the safety of the Mexican border a short distance away. An unlikely southern California hamlet was about to become the world famous capital of motion pictures.

Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)
Terry Borton ... Himself - Magic Lantern Historian
Paul Israel ... Himself - Thomas Edison Biographer
Charles Musser ... Himself - Film Historian

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Critic and Film Historian
Anthony Slide ... Himself - Film Historian

Ricky Jay ... Himself - Sleight-of-hand Entertainment Historian
Jim Zukor ... Himself - Grandson of Adolph Zukor (as James Zukor)
Carla Laemmle ... Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle
Richard Koszarski ... Himself - Film Historian

Gregory Orr ... Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner
Marc Wanamaker ... Himself - Film Historian and Photo Archivist
Susan Fox-Rosellini ... Herself - Great Granddaughter of William Fox
Daniel Selznick ... Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer (as Daniel Mayer Selznick)
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - Film Historian

Bob Balaban ... Himself - Actor and Director

Cari Beauchamp ... Herself - Film Historian
Robert S. Birchard ... Himself - Film Historian
A. Scott Berg ... Himself - Interviewee

Season 1, Episode 2: The Birth of Hollywood - 1907-1920

8 November 2010
California was quickly recognized as the ideal setting for the American film industry, with its relative freedom from patent problems, constant sunshine and varied geography. As early as 1909, movie makers were hard at work in Hollywood, including William Selig, who had founded one of the country's first movie studios in Chicago. In California, he would develop such performing talent as Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Tom Mix. In 1913 Jesse Lasky, Samuel Goldwyn and Cecil B. DeMille formed a filmmaking company and established themselves among the first generation of Hollywood moguls, producing one of the first feature-length films in the U.S., The Squaw Man (1914). Mack Sennett had his Keystone Kops careening all over the cityscape of Los Angeles and discovered one of the cinema world's towering talents, Charlie Chaplin, who become the best-loved clown of the American silent screen. Other players who quickly became world famous included comedienne Mabel Normand, cowboy star William S. Hart, Mary Pickford (whose girlish innocence captivated audiences) and Lillian Gish (whose combination of vulnerability and strength would make her a star for more than seven decades). Director D.W. Griffith expanded the vision of the movie screen to epic proportions with his innovative techniques and sprawling subject matter- including the Civil War in The Birth of a Nation (1915), a film that has stirred controversy since its release because of charges of racism.

Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)

Bob Balaban ... Himself - Actor / Director
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Interviewee

Cari Beauchamp ... Herself - Interviewee
A. Scott Berg ... Himself - Interviewee
Robert S. Birchard ... Himself - Interviewee
Donald Bogle ... Himself - Film Historian

Charlotte Chanler ... Viola Dana
Scott Eyman ... Himself - Film Historian

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee
Mollie Gregory ... Herself - Novelist / Film Historian
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Critic / Film Historian
Richard Koszarski ... Himself - Film Historian
Carla Laemmle ... Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle
Betty Lasky ... Herself - Daughter of Jesse Lasky
Tony Maietta ... Himself - Interviewee
Richard Roberts ... Himself - Film Historian / Activist
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - Film Historian
Daniel Selznick ... Himself - Son of David O. Selznick (as Daniel Mayer Selznick)
Anthony Slide ... Himself - Film Historian

Jeffrey Vance ... Himself - Interviewee
Jim Zukor ... Himself - Grandson of Adolph Zukor (as James Zukor)

Season 1, Episode 3: The Dream Merchants: 1920-1928

15 November 2010
The American movie business started as peepshows and grew into a near-mythical art form that used an exciting new technology to create drama, laughter and adventure bigger than life.

Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself - Director, Film Historian

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Producer (as Richard Zanuck)
Susan Fox-Rosellini ... Herself - Great Granddaughter of William Fox

Robert Osborne ... Himself - Journalist, Film Historian
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - Film Historian

Gore Vidal ... Himself - Author
Marc Wanamaker ... Himself - Film Historian, Photo Archivist

Cari Beauchamp ... Herself - Film Historian

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Critic and Film Historian
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Film Historian
Daniel Selznick ... Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer (as Daniel Mayer Selznick)
Anthony Slide ... Himself - Film Historian
Tony Maietta ... Himself - Film Historian

David Stenn ... Himself - Film Historian
Carla Laemmle ... Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle
Thomas Schatz ... Himself - Film Historian

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself - Producer
A. Scott Berg ... Himself - Samuel Goldwyn Biographer
Mark Vieira ... Himself - Irving Thalberg Biographer (as Mark A. Vieira)
Scott Eyman ... Himself - Cecil B. DeMille Biographer

Jeffrey Vance ... Himself - Charles Chaplin Biographer

Richard Gunn ... Himself - Film Historian, Archivist
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes ... Herself - Granddaughter of Harold Lloyd (as Suzanne Lloyd)

Bob Balaban ... Himself - Actor, Director
Marc Norman ... Himself - Screenwriter

Gregory Orr ... Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner
William Wellman Jr. ... Himself - Actor, Producer

Season 1, Episode 4: Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?: 1929-1941

22 November 2010
The American movie business started as peepshows and grew into a near-mythical art form that used an exciting new technology to create drama, laughter and adventure bigger than life.

Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Interviewee

Cari Beauchamp ... Herself - Interviewee
A. Scott Berg ... Himself - Interviewee

Andrew Bergman ... Himself - Interviewee
Donald Bogle ... Himself - Interviewee
Scott Eyman
Gary Giddins ... Himself - Interviewee

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself - Producer
Aljean Harmetz ... Herself - Interviewee
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Interviewee
Stanley R. Jaffe ... Himself - Interviewee
Miles Kreuger ... Himself - Interviewee
Carla Laemmle ... Herself - Niece of Carl Laemmle
Tony Maietta ... Himself - Interviewee

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Interviewee
Marc Norman ... Himself - Screenwriter

Gregory Orr ... Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner

Robert Osborne ... Himself - Journalist, Film Historian
Daniel Selznick ... Himself - Son of David O. Selznick (as Daniel Mayer Selznick)

David Stenn ... Himself - Interviewee
David Thomson ... Himself - Interviewee

Jeffrey Vance ... Himself - Interviewee
Mark Vieira ... Himself - Irving Thalberg Biographer
Marc Wanamaker ... Himself - Film Historian and Photo Archivist

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Producer
Jim Zukor ... Himself - Grandson of Adolph Zukor

Season 1, Episode 5: Warriors & Peacemakers: 1941-1950

29 November 2010


Christopher Plummer ... Narrator (voice)
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Interviewee

Cari Beauchamp ... Herself - Interviewee
A. Scott Berg ... Himself - interviewee

Andrew Bergman ... Himself - Interviewee

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself - Interviewee
Donald Bogle ... Himself - Interviewee
Gary Giddins ... Himself - Interviewee

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee
Aljean Harmetz ... Herself - Interviewee

Marsha Hunt ... Herself - Actress

Sidney Lumet ... Himself - Director
Tony Maietta ... Himself - Interviewee
Marc Norman ... Himself - Screenwriter

Gregory Orr ... Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner

Robert Osborne ... Himself - Journalist / Film Historian
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - Film Historian
Thomas Schatz ... Himself - Film Historian
Daniel Selznick ... Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer (as Daniel Mayer Selznick)
Kathleen Sharp ... Herself - Interviewee

George Stevens Jr. ... Himself - Producer
David Thomson ... Himself - Film Historian
Christopher Trumbo ... Himself - Son of Dalton Trumbo

Jeffrey Vance ... Himself - Interviewee

Gore Vidal ... Himself - Author

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Interviewee

Season 1, Episode 6: The Attack of the Small Screens: 1950-1960

6 December 2010


Christopher Plummer ... Narrator
A. Scott Berg ... Himself

Andrew Bergman ... Himself - Writer / Director

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself - Director, Film Historian
Donald Bogle ... Himself - Film Director

Robert F. Boyle ... Himself - Art Director

Roger Corman ... Himself

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself
Mark Harris ... Himself - Journalist / Film Historian
Molly Haskell ... Herself

Marsha Hunt ... Herself - Actress
Miles Kreuger ... Himself - Film Historian
Betty Lasky ... Herself
Jesse L. Lasky ... Himself (archive footage)

Sidney Lumet ... Himself - Director
Tony Maietta ... Himself

Leonard Maltin ... Himself

Paul Mazursky ... Himself - Writer / Director / Producer
Walter Mirisch ... Himself - Producer
Marc Norman ... Himself

Gregory Orr ... Himself - Grandson of Jack Warner

Robert Osborne ... Himself
Thomas Schatz ... Himself - Film Historian
Daniel Selznick ... Himself - Grandson of Louis B. Mayer (as Daniel Mayer Selznick)
Kathleen Sharp ... Herself - Lew Wasserman Biographer

David Stenn ... Himself

George Stevens Jr. ... Himself
David Thomson ... Himself - Film Historian

Jeffrey Vance ... Himself

Gore Vidal ... Himself

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Producer (as Richard Zanuck)

Lucille Ball ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Betsy Blair ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ernest Borgnine ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Dean ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jerry Giesler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Coretta Scott King ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gloria Swanson ... Norma Desmond (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dalton Trumbo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lew Wasserman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Billy Wilder ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Darryl F. Zanuck ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 7: Fade Out, Fade In

13 December 2010


Christopher Plummer ... Narrator

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself - Director, Film Historian

Bob Balaban ... Himself

Robert Benton ... Himself

Peter Biskind ... Himself - Journalist / Film Historian
Donald Bogle ... Himself - Interviewee

David Brown ... Himself

Roger Corman ... Himself
Scott Eyman ... Himself

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself

Peter Guber ... Himself
Mark Harris ... Himself - Journalist / Film Historian
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Interviewee

Buck Henry ... Himself

Leonard Maltin ... Himself
Walter Mirisch ... Himself
Maia Newley ... Herself (archive footage)
Marc Norman ... Himself

Gregory Orr ... Himself

Robert Osborne ... Himself
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - Film Historian

John Sayles ... Himself - Writer / Director
Thomas Schatz ... Himself - Film Historian
Daniel Selznick ... Himself
Kathleen Sharp ... Herself - Lew Wasserman Biographer

David Stenn ... Himself - Clara Bow Biographer

George Stevens Jr. ... Himself
Christopher Trumbo ... Himself - Son of Dalton Trumbo

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself
Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson ... Broncho Billy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Charles Aznavour ... Charlie Kohler / Edouard Saroyan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lauren Bacall ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Warren Beatty ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michel Poiccard (archive footage) (uncredited)

Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Clara Bow ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marlon Brando ... Terry Malloy (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Brooke ... Mr. McGuire (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Burton ... George (archive footage) (uncredited)

Julie Christie ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Diane Cilento ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sean Connery ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joan Crawford ... Blanche Hudson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bette Davis ... Baby Jane Hudson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Doris Day ... Jan Morrow / Carol Templeton (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Dean ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sandy Dennis ... Honey (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kirk Douglas ... Spartacus (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marie Dubois ... Léna (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bengt Ekerot ... Death (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter Fonda ... Wyatt (archive footage) (uncredited)

Greta Garbo ... Felicitas von Rhaden (archive footage) (uncredited)
Larry Gates ... Eric Endicott (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Gilbert ... Leo von Harden (archive footage) (uncredited)

Samuel Goldwyn ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lee Grant ... Mrs. Colbert (archive footage) (uncredited)
Juliette Gréco ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Katharine Hepburn ... Tess Harding / Christina Drayton (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dustin Hoffman ... Ben Braddock (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dennis Hopper ... Billy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Katharine Houghton ... Joey Drayton (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rock Hudson ... Brad Allen / Jerry Webster (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

David Janssen ... George Beckworth (archive footage) (uncredited)

Buster Keaton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gene Kelly ... Don Lockwood (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ethel Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Stanley Kubrick ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joan Leslie ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Shirley MacLaine ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mike Nichols ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jack Nicholson ... George Hanson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter O'Toole ... T.E. Lawrence (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sidney Poitier ... John Prentice / Virgil Tibbs (archive footage) (uncredited)

Anthony Quinn ... Auda Abu Tayi (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Katharine Ross ... Elaine Robinson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rosalind Russell ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George C. Scott ... General Buck Turgidson (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Segal ... Nick (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter Sellers ... President Merkin Muffley (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
David O. Selznick ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Omar Sharif ... Sherif Ali (archive footage) (uncredited)
Spyros Skouras ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rod Steiger ... Gillespie (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Stewart ... Jefferson Smith / Lin McAdam (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gloria Swanson ... Norma Desmond (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Martha (archive footage) (uncredited)

Spencer Tracy ... Sam Craig / Matt Drayton (archive footage) (uncredited)

Max von Sydow ... Antonius Block (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jack L. Warner ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lew Wasserman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Orson Welles ... Charles Foster Kane (archive footage) (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Malcolm X ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Darryl F. Zanuck ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolph Zukor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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