The Golden Age of Hollywood was a time when Hollywood hit its peak successfully and economically, starting with the late 1920s, and met its decline due to corruption in the late 1950s. One would ask the question: “Where did the name Hollywood come from?” The name came from Harvey Henderson Wilcox and his wife, Daeida, who were owners of a small ranch west of Los Angeles. According to u-s-history.com, “Daeida, who, while on a train trip east met a woman that described her country home in Ohio, that had been named for the Dutch settlement of Hollywood. Liking the name, Daeida christened their ranch 'Hollywood,' upon her return.” (History of Hollywood, California) Movies during this time period became a vital form of entertainment for all Americans during this time period. By the 1910s, Hollywood was combined into its neighboring city Los Angeles, and many motion-picture studios began to open. Moviemakers rushed to Hollywood, and competition started to become ...view middle of the document...
The image of the star would become essential to a movie itself while coinciding with the entertainment pertaining to the movie as well.This boom in the Hollywood industry would lead to an era known as the Silent Age.
Hollywood in the 1910s-1920s would be mostly known for what was known as “silent films.” The films during this era had no synchronised sound with the movies. If there was any sound in the movies, it would merely be a narration of the movie’s storyline. The films during this era consisted of a wide amount of genres, ranging from comedy to horror, romantic to adventurous, or crime to historical. The acting in the movies would focus on the exaggerated facial expressions or the distinct body language of the actors to express the feeling or mood of the movie. The stars of these movies needed to maintain a tame public life, practicing the same mannerisms and ideals of the characters they portrayed in their movies. This was done in order to help promote their publicity and grow in their stardom. As the stars and their films became more These movies would become mass produced in the 1920s, and Hollywood soon became the largest distributor of movies. With both New York and Los Angeles taking over competition in producing motion-pictures, America became the leading film producing country in the world. Large film studios began to engulf smaller studios, forming new super-studios, known as the “Big Five”: Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount, RKO, Metro Golden Meyer (MGM), and 20th Century Fox. These five super-studios were not only the highest-grossing, but also produced over 90 percent of America’s films. However, by 1927, the first synchronized-sound movie would be released, titled “The Jazz Singer.” This movie, produced by Warner Bros. and directed by Alan Crosland, would be dubbed “talking pictures” or simply a “talkie.” The movie was made with the Vitaphone system, which was a compact disc with audio that would synchronize with a movie when correctly played on a record player. With the new technology of sound films, talkies would soon take over the silent film era’s reigns, and skyrocket to popularity.