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"Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood" The Attack of the Small Screens: 1950-1960 (2010)

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6 December 2010 (Season 1, Episode 6)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Christopher Plummer ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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
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)

Episode Crew
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jon Wilkman 

Produced by
Tom Brown .... executive in charge of production
Stephon J. Litwinczuk .... associate producer
Jon Wilkman .... producer
Production Management
Hadley Gwin .... director of production: Turner Classic Movies
Sound Department
Conner Moore .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryan Parker .... supervising sound editor
Editorial Department
Daniel Erickson .... assistant editor
Other crew
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel

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Not A Good Decade For Hollwood & It's Few Remaining Moguls, 27 December 2010
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Even though this episode is about the '60s, we are reminded that from 1940-46, profits soared in Hollyood followed by the decline of the moguls, who had to give up their studios. "The days of the guaranteed profits were gone," notes Narrator Christopher Plummer.

That sets up the 1950s - not the decade of peace you are led to believe, but nothing as volatile, either, as the '60s that followed. The point is that there were big changes made in America in the '50s "and none of them good for movies," according to Plummer.

For instance, the population shifted out of urban areas, where all the big movie theaters were; the family unit became stronger and dad wanted to stay home with mom and the the kids. Drive-in-theaters sprouted up; by 1960 one-third off all screens were drive-ins.....and, of course, there was television. Why go out for entertain when the family can stay home and watch TV dramas, comedies, variety shows, etc., for free?

What few moguls were left, we learn, had three mind sets regarding TV: (1) it wouldn't work; (2) we'll give audiences something bigger and better (Cinerama, Vistavision, Stereo sound, more color, 3-D and (3) we still have all the big stars like Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift and the up-and-coming James Dean. Also, Hollwood, as film critic Leonard Maltin gleefully points out: "always knew that sex sells" so they began pushing that with Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.

Meanwhile, those Hollywood "B" actors became mega-stars on television: Lucille Ball, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason.

The movie minds did do one thing right: they began to appeal to a new audience: the teenagers, with teen rebellion flicks like The Blackboard Jungle and then later, rock 'n roll films.

This sixth segment of the seven-part, as with the others, has a whole bunch of material in it. In this case, things like famous films (Singin' In The Rain, All About Eve," and more), famous directors (Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Roger Corman and the exile of Charles Chapin) and the re-rise, so to speak, of United Artists, MCA and Hollywood agents which replaced the greedy, powerful Moguls of Hollywood history.

Real change, at least on screen, however, was about to begin the next decade when the liberals who had always run movies were about to get their dream wish.

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