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Examining the Hollywood studio system between 1930-1945
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Oscar Profile: Roger Corman

The producer-director is honored for his decades of work in Hollywood.
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A brief look at the career and influence of Roger Corman

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Movies and Film: A Brief History of Sound in Movies — Infoplease.com

Movies and Film: A Brief History of Sound in Movies — Infoplease.com | The Hollywood Studio System | Scoop.it
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Sound comes with a whole new set of problems...

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Brother Can You Spare A Dime ? - Bing Crosby

Brother Can You Spare A Dime ? - Bing Crosby
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Here is another side of the artistic response to the Great Depression.

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Songs of the Great Depression

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The Great Depression had ramifications beyond purely economic considerations.  Check out these lyrics to some popular American songs of the time.

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"Livin' in the Sunlight" (Maurice Chevalier, 1930)

Spongebob's popular version of this Al Sherman-Al Lewis ditty is set to Tiny Tim's campy 1960's retread rather than Maurice Chevalier's superb original, writ...
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Does this song sound familiar?  It was a hit from Paramount's The Big Pond (1929) and has been covered by a variety of artists...

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Marlene Dietrich Blue Angel screentest 1930

Marlene Dietrich Blue Angel screentest 1930
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Clearly, Marlene was not a woman to be trifled with.  Check out her screentest for The Blue Angel (1930).

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Bing Crosby - Road to Morocco

Lyrics: We're off on the road to Morocco This camel is tough on the spine (hit me with a band-aid, Dad) Where they're goin', why we're goin', how can we be s...
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Bing Crosby and Bob Hope made a series of "Road" pictures for Paramount.  Check out this clip from Road to Morocco (1942).

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Woman of the Year (1942)

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Woman of the Year (1942)
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MGM boasted that they had "more stars than there are in heaven."  Two of their biggest stars were Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.  Check out this clip from Woman of the Year (1942).

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Will Rogers Quotes at BrainyQuote

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Enjoy the best Will Rogers Quotes at BrainyQuote. Quotations by Will Rogers, American Actor, Born November 4, 1879. Share with your friends.
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Will Rogers was one of 20th Century Fox's biggest stars and was famous for his wit and wisdom.  Check out some of these quotes.

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James Cagney - White Heat

James Cagney, in this famous scene, bursts out when he comes to know that his mother has died. Also note that this was an improvised take by Cagney of which ...
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Jimmy Cagney became famous for playing a tough guy in Warner Bros. pictures.  Check out this famous scene from White Heat (1949).

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Universal Monsters: A Brief History of Horror

A short history of of Universal's monster films done using only trailers, clips and photos found online, as well as information from my own memory, for a com...
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Universal was the largest of the "Minors" and had a strategy of promoting new stars in "visually striking" horror films.  This short documentary provides some insight into Universal's history of horror.

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The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (Hays Code)

If motion pictures present stories
that will affect lives for the better, they can become the most powerful
force for the improvement of mankind
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In 1930, due to public pressure, the MPPDA began enforcement of the Hays Code.  Here it is.

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Fox Theater Atlanta: a Majestic Monument of Music

Fox Theater Atlanta: a Majestic Monument of Music | The Hollywood Studio System | Scoop.it
The Fox Theater, Atlanta's Address of Culture and Entertainment The Fox Theater Atlanta could be one of the city's most iconic buildings, a majestic
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The Fox Theater provides a fine example of a movie palace.  Check out the opulent interior!

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Such a beautiful piece of art.

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Glen or Glenda (1953) - Movie Review by Classics of Cinema

Glen or Glenda (1953) - Movie Review by Classic of Cinema The We Live Film family kicks off 2013 in style by reviewing 31 bad movies/guilty pleasures as a de...
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A humorous and occasionally vulgar examination of Ed Wood's Glen or Glenda (1953).

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The Jazz Singer (1927)

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The Jazz Singer (1927) was not the first "sound film," but still presents itself as an important cinematic milestone.

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The Hi Lo's Life is just a bowl of cherries

A different orchestration than the LP. Boris Karloff is the guest of this Rosemary Clooney show. For more information please visit www.thehi-los.com.
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Check out Boris Karloff and the Hi Lo's singing Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.

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Maurice Chevalier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maurice Auguste Chevalier (September 12, 1888 – January 1, 1972) was a French actor, singer and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including Louise, Mimi, Valentine, and Thank Heaven for Little Girls and for his films including The Love Parade and The Big Pond. His trademark attire was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with a tuxedo.

Chevalier was born in Paris. He made his name as a star of musical comedy, appearing in public as a singer and dancer at an early age before working in four menial jobs as a teenager. In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France at the time, Fréhel. Although their relationship was brief, she secured him his first major engagement, as a mimic and a singer in l'Alcazar in Marseille for which he received critical acclaim by French theatre critics. In 1917, he discovered jazz and ragtime and went to London, where he found new success at the Palace Theatre.

After this, he toured the United States. Whilst there, he met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought Dédé to Broadway in 1922. He also developed an interest in acting, and had success in the operetta Dédé. When talkies arrived, he went to Hollywood in 1928 where he played his first American role in Innocents of Paris. In 1930, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Love Parade (1929) and The Big Pond (1930), which secured his first big American hit, Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight.

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During the early 30s, Maurice Chevalier was one of Paramount's biggest stars.  In 1930 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Love Parade (1929) and The Big Pond (1929).

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Marlene Dietrich - Hollywood's Golden Age

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A complete biography and filmography of Marlene Dietrich, who was one of the great legendary actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age.
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Paramount saw Marlene Dietrich as their answer to MGM's Greta Garbo.  While with Paramount, Dietrich made a number of successful films including Shanghai Express (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), and The Devil is Woman (1935).  Still, she is probably best remembered for her role as a cabaret singer in Joseph von Sturnberg's The Blue Angel (1930).

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Duck Soup (4/10) Movie CLIP - The Lemonade Vendor (1933) HD

Duck Soup Movie Clip - watch all clips http://j.mp/zVk5TI click to subscribe http://j.mp/sNDUs5 Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) harass a haples...
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Here is a clip from Duck Soup (1933).

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Louis B. Mayer (American producer) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Louis B. Mayer (American producer) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia | The Hollywood Studio System | Scoop.it
The most powerful motion-picture executive in Hollywood for 30 years. As the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the largest and most prestigious film studio, he created the star system during the 1920s and ’30s...
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Louis B. Mayer ran MGM's film studio and was the prototypical Hollywood producer.

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Darryl F. Zanuck - Biography

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Darryl F. Zanuck on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more...
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Darryl Zanuck was one of the great Hollywood producers and helped to turn around 20th Century Fox.

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Shirley Temple - On The Good Ship Lollipop.avi

Du film Bright Eyes (1934)
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20th Century Fox's biggest box office draw was the child star Shirley Temple.  She was considered by many to be Hollywood's biggest star between 1935 and 1938.  Nevertherless, her popularity waned as she grew older.

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Swing Time - Rogers and Astaire

In this Swing Time clip, Lucky, Astaire, saves Penny's, Rogers, job by showing how much she has taught him. The first true dance number with the two, the oth...
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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made a series of musicals for RKO.  Here is a clip from Swing Time (1936)

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His Girl Friday

Cary Grant comedy
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Howard Hawks made His Girl Friday (1940) at Columbia.  This film is considered by many to be the quintessential screwball comedy.

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Movie palace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A movie palace (or picture palace in the UK) is a term used to refer to the large, elaborately decorated movie theaters built between the 1910s and the 1940s. The late 1920s saw the peak of the movie palace, with hundreds opened every year between 1925 and 1930.

There are three building types in particular which can be subsumed under the label movie palace. First, the classical style movie palace, with its eclectic and luxurious period-revival architecture; second, the atmospheric theatre which has an auditorium ceiling that resembles an open sky as its defining feature and finally, the Art Deco theaters that became popular in the 1930s.

Grand vaudeville theatres began to show motion pictures in the early 20th century, but the development of the feature film led to the development of dedicated movie theatres. The Mark Strand Theater in New York City, opened in 1913 by Mitchell Mark at the cost of one-million dollars, is usually cited as the first movie palace of the United States, and its success in drawing the upper middle class to the movies spurred others to follow suit.

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