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The Universal Story (1996)

An overview of the history of film studio Universal Pictures, featuring clips from many of its films.


David Heeley




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Self
Lew Ayres ... Self (archive footage)
Kirk Douglas ... Self (archive footage)
Michael J. Fox ... Self (archive footage)
Tom Hanks ... Self (archive footage)
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self (archive footage)
Boris Karloff ... Self (archive footage)
Susan Kohner ... Self (archive footage)
Spike Lee ... Self (archive footage)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Self (archive footage)
Paul Newman ... Self (archive footage)
Gregory Peck ... Self (archive footage)
Mary Pickford ... Self (archive footage)
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Self (archive footage)
Sid Sheinberg ... Self (archive footage)


Richard Dreyfuss hosts a celebration of the 80 year history of Universal Studios. Founded as IMP by Carl Leammle to oppose Edison's Motion Picture Tust, it soon grew under the leadership of 21 year old production head Irving Thalberg with classic silents from artists like John Ford, Erich Von Stroheim, and Lon Chaney and prospered further in the Sound Era under the leadership of Carl Leammle Jr. with such classics as "All Quiet on The Western Front," "Showboat," and the studio's signature monster franchises, "Frankenstein" and "Dracula." The Leammle's loss of the studio is covered up through it's merger with International pictures in the 40s The 1950s ushered in the studio's star development program with Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis and its star/studio profit-sharing policy that began with James Stewart. The evolution into the modern Universal of today began in the early 60s with its takeover by MCA and the creative leadership of Lew Wasserman and its partnerships with creative ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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An excellent documentary, highly recommended.
24 February 2002 | by thealexandersSee all my reviews

As a person who has visited Universal Studios, a keen movie goer and one who enjoys putting together my own short films, this documentary on the beginning and development of Universal Studios, was excellent. If you have any interest in the movie industry, this documentary is for you.

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