Hollywood Voices | Interviews with stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema
From the early days of silent movies to the end of the 'Studio System', this collection of radio interviews from the BBC Archive uncovers the story of Hollywood movie-making's formative years.
Legendary actors and directors reveal in their own words how it felt to be a part of a 'golden age' of film production. Combining BBC radio broadcasts and unedited interviews (many available in full for the first time), we go behind the scenes of Tinseltown and relive some of the greatest adventures of the silver screen.
A 'round table' interview with a reluctant genius.
A glimpse into the lives of two stars of the silent screen.
Errol Flynn tries to persuade John Ellison to get his cheque book out.
In conversation with the director of 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941).
The ground-breaking actor on his life and work.
A conversation with the dead-pan comedian of the silent-movie era.
In conversation with Hollywood's most feisty star.
How a screen legend regards her adoring fans.
'It's better to be remembered as Tarzan's mate than not be remembered at all.'
The director, writer and actor answers a few questions.
Veronica Lake talks about old-school Hollywood glamour.
The varied career of the all-round entertainer.
A chat with the cool crooner.
The elegant dancer appraises Vincente Minnelli.
How the master of suspense applies music to his pictures.
The actor and dancer describes his journey to box-office success.
Fred Astaire's most celebrated co-star talks about their world-famous partnership.
The director discusses his films and working with Samuel Goldwyn.
A trail-blazing career from the Harlem stage to Hollywood.
The director and choreographer describes working with Fred Astaire.
Behind the scenes on 'Wuthering Heights'.
The early career of the funny man.
How 'From Here to Eternity' was just the beginning.
How they 'lived a lifetime' on 'Singin' in the Rain'.
The energetic dancer on revolutionising the Hollywood musical.
The rugged star of iconic Hollywood musicals speaks frankly about his career.
The 'tough broad' singer of 'Remember My Forgotten Man' recalls the early days of Hollywood.
The star of 'The Wizard of Oz' talks about the early days of Hollywood.
Ruby Keeler talks about a career that began in the 1920s.
In conversation with the legendary father of an acting dynasty.
It was hard work, but it was fun.
From 'The Seven Year Itch' to 'Sunset Boulevard'.
The original 'sarong girl' talks about her Hollywood heyday.
The director of 'Show Boat' talks about getting Hollywood singing and dancing.
Memories of working at Columbia Studios under Harry Cohn.
One of Hollywood's most enduring stars defends the 'studio system'.
The star of 'Rebecca' recalls the moguls of Hollywood.
The director of 'All About Eve' (1950) compares old and new Hollywood.
Pioneer film director King Vidor looks back on his Hollywood career.
Mickey Rooney reflects on the movie moguls who influenced his career.
The Oscar-winning composer and lyricist remembers some of the great studio bosses.
Walter Pidgeon remembers Louis B Mayer.
The star of 'Casablanca' recalls her life in movies and on the stage.
On Cecil B DeMille and working the 'studio system'.
From 'The Greatest Show on Earth' (1952) to independent pictures.
Hollywood the hard way for the legendary film-maker.
Directing Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Errol Flynn.
It's a wonderful life for a movie director.
The famous 'woman's director' talks about his leading ladies.
In conversation with the prolific cinematic composer.
Dimples, dancing lessons and J Edgar Hoover's very comfortable lap.
The actor and humanitarian recalls his most famous roles.
Corinne Julius meets Hollywood's 'independent woman'.
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