Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood: Season 1, Episode 6

The Attack of the Small Screens: 1950-1960 (6 Dec. 2010)

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Himself - Director, Film Historian
Donald Bogle ...
Himself - Film Director
Himself - Art Director
Mark Harris ...
Himself - Journalist / Film Historian
Molly Haskell ...
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Miles Kreuger ...
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Betty Lasky ...
Jesse L. Lasky ...
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A History of Hollywood
6 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Moguls & Movie Stars: Attack of the Small Screen (2010)

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After Congress said that the studios couldn't own their own theaters, the moguls ran into more trouble when TV came into play. For many there wasn't a need to go out to the movies when you could stay home and watch this box for free so the studios had to come up with something to get these folks back. The plan was to make movies in widescreen, in color and even a few in 3D. As the 1950s wore on a new crowd were watching movies and that was teens who idolized the likes of James Dean and Marlon Brando. As the decade wore on many of the moguls who started these major studios were dying and a new generation was about to be born. After a slow start to the series things have finally picked up over the last two episodes and continued with this one. Once again we're treated to some nice footage from back in the day as we get to look at some theaters back then and the adjustments that had to be made for widescreen movies to be shown. We get a good idea of what type of numbers TV took away from the movies before the studios realized they could use this new enemy as a way to promote their own films. Roger Corman, Leonard Maltin, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and Robert Osborne are just a few of the people interviewed here.

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