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The Crash of 1929 

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Examines the stock market crash of 1929 with interviews from descendants of several Wall Street insiders.


Ronald Blumer





Episode credited cast:
Philip Bosco ... Narrator
Reuben L. Cain Reuben L. Cain ... Himself - Stock Salesman, 1929
Calvin Coolidge ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Rita Mitchell Cushman Rita Mitchell Cushman ... Herself - Daughter of Charles E. Mitchell
William C. Durant William C. Durant ... Himself - Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors (archive footage)
Thomas A. Edison ... Himself - Inventor (archive footage)
Henry Ford ... Himself - Former CEO of The Ford Motor Car Company (archive footage)
John Kenneth Galbraith John Kenneth Galbraith ... Himself - Economist
Manly P. Hall Manly P. Hall ... Himself - Founder, Philosophical Research Society
Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage)
Ben Karol Ben Karol ... Himself - Newpaper Delivery Boy, 1929
Edward Lamont Edward Lamont ... Himself - Grandson of Thomas W. Lamont
Patricia Livermore Patricia Livermore ... Herself - Daughter-In-Law of Jesse Livermore
Arthur Marx Arthur Marx ... Himself - Son of Groucho Marx
Tom McCormick Tom McCormick ... Himself - Stock Sales Clerk, 1929


Examines the stock market crash of 1929 with interviews from descendants of several Wall Street insiders.

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19 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Very Good History Lesson
30 April 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The American Experience: The Crash of 1929 (1990)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Excellent episode taking a look at the stock market crash of 1929 that pretty much sent millions into being broke and forced the entire country into a depression. Most of the time when the market crash is mentioned we just hear that people lost their money. The stock market would play a major part in countless Hollywood movies throughout the 1930s but even them only mentioned the money lost. This documentary goes a lot further because it talks about what was going on in the country to make prices go so high and it talks about what happened to make them crash down. Even thought this runs just 50-minutes one really walks away feeling as if they know everything that happened in the entire year. We get stories from experts, people who were there and even family members to some people who lost the most amount of money. Other great stuff includes showing countless newspaper articles talking about how safe the market was but also some animation where people warned that there had to be a crash but of course very few actually listened. Those who are interested in history should really enjoy this episode as it covers so much in such a short time that by the time it's over you really do feel as if you know the entire story.

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