Hollywood Voices | Interviews with stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema
CHANNEL | The Light Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 October 1955
DURATION | 28 minutes 58 seconds
Mary Pickford and Gloria Swanson (pictured above in 1925 and 1931 respectively), discuss how their careers began and dispel some of the myths surrounding their image. They also share their views on the impact of talking pictures, introduced in the late 1920s, both on their own working lives and the film industry as a whole, reflecting on the magic of the silent-movie era, which began even before Hollywood was established.
At the time of this interview, conducted by Robert Gladwell, Gloria Swanson had resumed acting after virtually retiring in 1934.
A 'round table' interview with a reluctant genius.
A glimpse into the lives of two stars of the silent screen.
Rita Hayworth is interviewed about her latest film.
In conversation with the director of 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941).
Errol Flynn tries to persuade John Ellison to get his cheque book out.
Gary Cooper explains why acting is not as easy as it looks.
The ground-breaking actor on his life and work.
A conversation with the dead-pan comedian of the silent-movie era.
The Hollywood 'heavy' describes his love for beautiful things.
In conversation with Hollywood's most feisty star.
What makes a good Western?
The Marx Brother keeps the laughs coming during a London press conference.
Playing cinema's most iconic monster.
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.
Getting to know Yul Brynner.
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.
A brief interview with the actor about his latest film, 'The Big Sleep'.
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.
Life without Bogart and a new career on Broadway.
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.
Acting: 'It's just a job.'
The silent-movie queen talks about acting.
The double Oscar-winner in conversation about his career in films.
In conversation with the prolific cinematic composer.
Why do men always have to be 'macho'?
Dimples, dancing lessons and J Edgar Hoover's very comfortable lap.
The actor and humanitarian recalls his most famous roles.
Stewart Granger in conversation with Gloria Hunniford.
Why is 'King Kong' still so popular?
Corinne Julius meets Hollywood's 'independent woman'.
The irrepressible Tony Curtis in conversation with Nicky Campbell.
A career in romance and the recovery of a lost album.
Catching up with the 'Singin' in the Rain' star.
Some of cinema's biggest stars visit the BBC.
Later visits by Hollywood stars to the BBC.
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