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The Golden Twenties (1950)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 April 1950 (USA)
Feature-length compilation of 1920s newsreel footage, with commentary about news, sports, lifestyles, and historical figures.


Frederick Lewis Allen (story), Samuel Wood Bryant (story)




Credited cast:
Robert Q. Lewis ... Narrator
Frederick Lewis Allen Frederick Lewis Allen ... Narrator
Elmer Davis Elmer Davis ... Narrator
Allen Prescott Allen Prescott ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Red Barber Red Barber ... Narrator
John Barrymore ... Himself (archive footage)
Irving Berlin ... Himself (archive footage)
William Jennings Bryan ... Himself (archive footage)
Billie Burke ... Herself (archive footage)
Vilma Bánky ... Herself (archive footage)
Al Capone ... Himself (archive footage)
Enrico Caruso ... Himself (archive footage)
Irene Castle ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... (archive footage)
Joseph Conrad ... Himself (archive footage)


Feature-length compilation of 1920s newsreel footage, with commentary about news, sports, lifestyles, and historical figures.

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Highlighting America's Jazz Age By Actual Films Seen in the Period! See more »




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8 April 1950 (USA) See more »

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The March of Time See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Starting in 1918
29 June 2010 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This compilation of old film clips, narrated by various sportscasters, commentators and Frederick Lewis Allen, who wrote the definitive memoir of the 1920s -- not a history, since it came out in 1931 -- covers the 1920s, but begins with the Armistice. Well, no one one rang a bell and told me to grow my hair long on January 1, 1960.

Too simplistic for my taste, this does have interesting clips throughout, running from Carrie Nation to General Pershing, the great and noteworthy, and ordinary people. It's most interesting for the variety of those clips. If you wish to take a look at it, it's on the DVD set of the silent version of CHICAGO -- which is definitely worth your time.

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