Probably Marjorie Merriweather Post, and why? I’m not a history buff, so there you go. As you can see, I’m pretty biased (in a good way), and of course I’m biased about my favorite period; 1920s Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never been able to catch a whiff of the “good old days”, and what an era that certainly was!
There’s a lot of information on the internet about this era, but I am not going to link to it all, as I know too many people that have the same interest as me. This is actually a pretty extensive history of Hollywood at least, but not all of it is available for free, and it would require an enormous amount of effort to dig through everything and find the things that everyone else has dug up. For this post, I’m going to focus on just the good stuff. I’m also going to be using the first three decades of movies as a point of comparison, since that’s the only period we can really easily date.
Hollywood has a lot of great period films, but there is also a lot of period films that do not really fit in with Hollywood films, but are nonetheless interesting. For this review, I’m going to be focusing on films based on real people and places, because there’s a reason to watch period movies in the first place, and because there always tends to be something entertaining about watching someone in her or his prime, right?
A brief introduction to the 1920s
The 1920s period was an era in Hollywood that was very much like the “Roaring Twenties” era (1870-1919), or if we’re using that term slightly differently, a period in Hollywood in which money really started hitting women harder than men. There are probably people that think it was the “Roaring Twenties” period that gave rise to the modern female glamour, but that just wasn’t the case, and in fact it probably didn’t even exist in its entirety at all! (And yes, some of the modern female glamour was definitely brought forth by this period, but it was also brought by the Roaring Twenties, and it was only a slight exaggeration to say that Hollywood helped spread it as well.)
A lot of Hollywood film companies were actually founded in the mid, or late, 1920s. They were really just one big investment, and the idea that some of the companies might not have lasted forever or
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