Hollywood Come Home
1529. HOLLYWOOD COME HOME (1962-1963-USA).
1. HOLLYWOOD COME HOME (1963-USA). Hosted by RAY MILLAND. Here’s a fascinating mini-history of the changes in the motion picture industry from the end of World War II through the early 1960s, During the war, Americans were starved for entertainment: the Hollywood Dream Factory was then annually churning out 500 movies, with over 19 million tickets sold. In 1947, the Supreme Court ruled that studios could not both distribute films and own theaters; coupled with the rise in popularity of television, the result was chaos and crisis in the industry. In ten years, movie audiences declined to a fraction of what they were in the early 1940s. This, however, is just the beginning of the story told here. Included are brief, revealing clips of ED WYNN in a comic monologue on the newness of television; producer SAM SPIEGEL discussing how and why he chose to shoot several of his celluloid extravaganzas on exotic locations around the world; JOAN CRAWFORD and BETTE DAVIS acting before the camera; a bevy of asplring actresses discussing their dreams of celluloid stardom; and Spiegel, producer- director STANLEY KRAMER, director OTTO PREMINGER, movie mogul DARRYL F. ZANUCK and director MERVYN LEROY, among others, reflecting on the economics of the industry. There’s also no shortage of behind the-scenes footage of films in production.
2. HOLLYWOOD HISTORAMA (1962-USA). A compilation of short, sweet biographies of MAE WEST, GARY COOPER, JOHN BARRYMORE and MARIE DRESSLER, plus a peek at the Hollywood pin-up from the days of the Bathing Beauties of MACK SENNETT to such 1940s personalities as ANN SHERIDAN and RITA HAYWORTH. 54 minutes total. Documentary