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The Naughty Twenties (1951)

This short looks back three decades to celebrate the "Naughty Twenties". Newsreel and movie clips with voiceover narration review the era's national and international politics, fashion, popular entertainment, sports and engineering feats.


Charles L. Tedford (narration written by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Gilmore ... Self - Narrator (voice)
John J. Pershing ... Self (archive footage)
Elsie Janis ... Self (archive footage)
Woodrow Wilson ... Self (archive footage)
William Jennings Bryan ... Self (archive footage)
James M. Cox ... Self (archive footage) (as James Cox)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Lillian Russell ... Self (archive footage)
Al Jolson ... Self (archive footage)
Warren G. Harding ... Self (archive footage)
Calvin Coolidge ... Self (archive footage)
Will H. Hays ... Self (archive footage) (as Will Hays)
Gus Van ... Self (archive footage)
Joe Schenck ... Self (archive footage)
Willie Howard ... Self (archive footage)


A retrospective of the United States and its place in the world in the decade that was the 1920s is presented, focusing largely on the first year of that decade. Events, situations and people presented include: the effects of the just concluded Great War on its people; the election of 1920, which was perhaps more renowned for giving women the vote for the first time than the election results; the rise of the flapper; the plethora of slapstick and pratfall comedy both on screen and on the vaudeville stage; Prohibition and the resulting rise of the speakeasy; daredevil stunt performers; the visits of foreign dignitaries; the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp; sports stars, both human and non-human; engineering feats such as the building of the Holland Tunnel; and showmanship being the focus for Broadway productions. Written by Huggo

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Well Made Look at the 20's
11 August 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Naughty Twenties (1951)

*** (out of 4)

Cheaply made but highly entertaining short from Warner has Art Gilmore talking about the "good ol' days" of the Roaring Twenties. This 9-minute short is made up of clips from newsreels and movies from the era, which is of course a cheap way to produce a short but it's extremely well-made and it's put together so freshly that one can't help but be entertained. The film covers various subjects from who was running for President during the period to the various types of movies that were being shown. We're also told about our boys returning home after WWI and there's also some talk about alcohol being banned. Woodrow Wilson, Al Jolson, Calvin Coolidge, Lillian Russell and Warren G. Harding are just a few of the familiar faces who are shown in this short. Again, if you're looking for a complete documentary on the decade then this here certainly isn't that. If you're just looking for a quick and great way to remember some of what the decade had to offer then this short is just what you're looking for. The scenes are all put together in a classy way and it's obvious that the filmmakers wanted this to really do a good job to educate people on the decade.

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Release Date:

February 1951 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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