The triumps and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed. - The story presents a view of English life during the first third of the 20th century from New Year's Eve 1899 through New Year's Day 1933, from the point of view of well-to-do London residents Jane and Robert Marryot, their children, their close friends, and their servants. Several historical events affect the lives of the characters or serve as background for the film. Throughout the film, the passage of years is indicated by dates on title cards, with a Medieval cavalcade marching in the background."
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. - Grand Hotel is a 1932 American pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel Menschen im Hotel by Vicki Baum. To date, it is the only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without being nominated in any other category.
A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century. - The Oklahoma land rush of 1889 prompts thousands to travel to the Oklahoma Territory to grab free government land; Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix), his young bride, Sabra (Irene Dunne) and their son, Cim, cross the border from Kansas to join the throngs. In the ensuing race, Yancey is outwitted by a young prostitute, Dixie Lee (Estelle Taylor), who takes the prime piece of real estate, the Bear Creek claim, that Yancey had targeted for himself."
Wings is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in a small role which helped launch his career in Hollywood. Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. - After hearing an impassioned speech about the glory of serving in the Army and "saving the Fatherland". On the brink of becoming men, the boys in his class, led by Paul Baumer, are moved to join the army as the new 2nd Company. Their romantic delusions are quickly broken during their brief but rigorous training under the abusive Corporal Himmelstoss, who bluntly informs them, "You're going to be soldiers—and that's all."
The Broadway Melody, also known as The Broadway Melody of 1929, is an American pre-Code musical film and the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was one of the first musicals to feature a Technicolor sequence, which sparked the trend of color being used in a flurry of musicals that would hit the screens in 1929–1930. Today the Technicolor sequence is lost; only a black and white copy survives in available versions. The film was the first musical released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was Hollywood's first all-talking musical.
" The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
" No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
" When you're down and out, something always turns up -- and it's usually the noses of your friends.
From: "Tuesday's with Morrie"
" We must learn to love one another or die.... We must!
" The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
" No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen.
" I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
" Seeing a murder on television, can help work off one's antagonisms.
And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some!
While attending a Production Meeting
" This is no place to ask questions!!
" I'll give you a definite maybe.
" The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it.
" Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
" Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by favoring to attempt.
" Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
" I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
" I'll moider da bum!
" It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
" Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
" Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
" Do, or do not. - There is no 'try'..
" All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
" Why should people go out and pay to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
" The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.
" Kiss and make up...
but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss.
To a young Eugene Roach on the subject of acting
" Don't ever let 'em catch you at it.
" The problem is not that television presents us with entertaining subject matter,
but, that all subject matter is presented as entertaining.…
" The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.
" From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
" What's this business of being a writer?
It's just putting one word after another.
" Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.
" Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
" I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it.
I said, Thyroid problem?
" The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them!
" Life ain't no dress rehearsal.
" You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
" The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.
" I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
Sage Advise to a Young Oregonian, Barbara Niven
" If you want to make it in show business, get the hell out of Oregon!
" I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
" The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely.
" I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
" Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
" The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
" The average American family hasn't time for television.
" My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.
" Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
" The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense
" I can't wait to one day shoot in Detroit and say 'Let's have this double for Toronto'.
" It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
" Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
Advise to a young Richard Roundtree
" Whatever you do in this business, It's much easier than lifting heavy things.