The professional and personal life of the legendary Bette Davis is examined. The show opens with Miss Davis in her living room with Paul Henried, her former co-star and director of the film Dead Ringer. Clips include newsreel footage of her trips to Europe, and from her movies including Now Voyager, Jezebel, and What Ever Happened To Baby Jane. She also offers a theory on how Oscar got its name, claiming she named the statue when she first won one.moreless
The gangsters, thugs, and hit men of Hollywood fame all sprang out of the Prohibition era. This episode features several comic montages with movie tough guys like Cagney, Raft, and Bogart giving their opinions on: 1) money, 2) women, 3) cops, 4) prison wardens, and 5) priests. In each, the authority figure is played by Pat O'Brien.moreless
The career and personal life of the famed "Mammy"-singer Al Jolson is profiled. Clips chronicle his vaudeville days, his marriage to star Ruby Keeler, his mostly unsucessful movie career and his comeback entertaining troops during World War II.
Clips trace the changes in the cowboy and Western movie during the last 60 years, from the likes of Bronco Billy through to John Wayne. Also, several actors are show appearing in westerns before they became big stars.
Women on film with sex appeal are featured, from the silent days of Theda Bara and flappers through World War II when the likes of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth were big. It also looks at why different types of female stars were in vogue at different times.
The series premiere examines the life and career of Humphrey Bogart. It begins with his childhood and continues through his stint in the Navy, Broadway, and his screen career. Personal photographs and private movie footage shows Bogart in real life.
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