From the late 1920s up to the early 1960s, Hollywood is said to have gone through its golden age. This was the time when studios were quite prolific in their movie production. The movie that signaled its start was “The Jazz Singer” which starred Al Jolson. The movie was such a success that it was able to single-handedly rescued the financially-strapped Warner Bros. Studio. It was able to buy a string of theaters and this has proven to be a big advantage, being producers of movies.
Hollywood was operating under a studio system wherein the studios makes movies and maintain thousands of actors, directors, producers, and other people working in the industry under their employ. These studios own hundreds of theaters were all their finished movies were just waiting to be shown. The Hollywood star system was also in effect during this time as studios started creating their own group of bankable stars.
This was the time when the likes of Great Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Ginger Rogers, Vivien Leigh, and Shirley Temple, among many others literally hogged the limelight for being stars in their own right. Disney also experienced its very first film animation success during this era courtesy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The films made during this time are considered classics.
The Golden Age of Hollywood was characterized by much elegance and glamour. Movie stars were almost treated as more than earthly beings with the adulation showered on most of them. This did not mean however that they were superior in any way but the mystique that was purposely created around them helped create such an illusion.
The younger generation may not have had the chance to see this exciting time in movies but they can see a glimpse of it when they get to watch classic movies. Providers which specialize in classic movies may provide suggestions when viewers are looking into movie trailers for their next movie watch. Seeing stars of the Hollywood Golden era in movies that made them famous is sure to be a treat.
Originally posted on September 20, 2012 @ 2:35 am