The Golden Age of Hollywood

Here is a film that has a lot of unique things going for it. It has eight directors, one for each segment including Ernst Lubitsch who is one of my favourites.

I guess it is primarily a comedy but it is also a drama, and what a variety of stars. Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charles Laughton, Charles Ruggles, Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, May Robson, Gene Raymond and many more.

Hard to say what segment is most interesting and entertaining but I would have to say the W.C. Fields, Alison Skipworth skit on road rage was to me the best of the lot. But to be honest, none of the segments was a disappointment and in fact the whole film was a delightful surprise to me. I would give this one a high rating.

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Comment by Bill on July 27, 2009 at 10:09pm
Some local censors deleted objectionable scenes in the "Violet" and "Death Cell" segments. In "Violet," when she throws off the covers and removes her stockings, and in "Death Cell," the preparation for execution and the opening of the door to the execution chamber.
I thought while watching this that the censors a few years later would have cut this. After all, how does the song go? "In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking"
Comment by Abdullah aka Chuck on July 27, 2009 at 8:02pm
I loved this movie! I've always wondered why it never got the legit release!
Comment by Bill on July 27, 2009 at 6:43pm
Well, through the magic of YouTube, you can get the whole movie and in good quality.
Comment by Christopher on July 27, 2009 at 6:14pm
I know I've seen this thru,even a couple of times..yet all I can remember is the WC Feilds section...having had an old 8mm film of that part of the movie for years helps..

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