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Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960)

A look at the past, present and future of Hollywood as seen through the eyes of the movie columnist.


William Corrigan




Credited cast:
Hedda Hopper ... Herself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucille Ball ... Herself
Anne Bauchens Anne Bauchens ... Herself
Stephen Boyd ... Himself
Francis X. Bushman ... Himself
John Cassavetes ... Himself
Gary Cooper ... Himself
Ricardo Cortez ... Himself
Robert Cummings ... Himself
William H. Daniels ... Himself (as William Daniels)
Marion Davies ... Herself
Walt Disney ... Himself
Janet Gaynor ... Herself
Bob Hope ... Himself
Hope Lange ... Herself


A look at the past, present and future of Hollywood as seen through the eyes of the movie columnist.

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10 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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William H. Daniels, Greta Garbo's cameraman on 24 of her 26 pictures, says he hopes that she will return to the screen someday, to let a new generation appreciate her beauty and talent. Her last film before going into self-imposed retirement was in 1941. This never happened. She abandoned Hollywood and moved to New York City where she died in 1990. See more »


Herself - Host: This is a story of my town. There's no town like it on the face of the earth. Because it's business is make-believe. And for over fifty years the people in this town have been getting up and going to work to to to tell the world a story. Down in that valley, some of them are busy crowning an emperor and some others are fighting the Civil War again. Somewhere else a band of cattle thieves are shooting it out with the sheriff's posse and two people who only met this morning are being married in ...
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Fascinating Time Capsule
9 March 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Hedda Hopper was a famous gossip columnist who wielded power over Hollywood (as did her competitor Louella Parsons) for decades. Hopper was also an actress, in films from 1916. This 1960 NBS special took a look at old Hollywood and a group of young hopefuls and is a time capsule of a Hollywood long gone.

Among the legends of the silent screen, Hopper visits Harold Lloyd, Ramon Novarro, Janet Gaynor, Francis X. Bushman, and Ricardo Cortez. She also pays homage to Greta Garbo. She also visits Gary Cooper, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Debbie Reynolds, Walt Disney, Robert Cummings, Jimmy Stewart, King Vidor, Stephen Boyd, Anthony Perkins, John Cassavetes, Don Murray, and Hope Lange. 14-year-old Liza Minnelli sings a song.

Chief among the guests are Gloria Swanson, with whom Hopper appeared in SUNSET BOULEVARD in 1950, and Marion Davies, with whom Hopper appeared in ZANDER THE GREAT in 1925. This was Davies' first filmed appearance since she retired from the screen in 1937. She looks fabulous at age 63 but very frail. Davies died the following year. Hopper was lifelong friends with both of these film legends.

The existing footage on Youtube may be incomplete since stars like Joan Crawford, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Bette Davis, Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Tuesday Weld, and Steve McQueen are also listed.

Certainly nothing earth-shaking, but this is a wistful look back at Hollywood when the stars lived in lavish mansion in Beverly Hills and Bel Air and had "beach houses" in Malibu. We get to see glimpses of Davies' and Lloyd's estates.

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