- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: March 10, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Great Musical Treasu
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Extended Interviews and Stories from Debbie Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Donald Saddler, and Gloria Stuart
Performers, Cast and Crew:
From Busby Berkeley's earliest dance extravaganzas to Judy Garland's legendary trip to Oz, the musicals of the 1930s captured the hearts and minds of a nation struggling through the Great Depression. This entry in the HOLLYWOOD SINGING AND DANCING series celebrates the romance, glamour, and joy of the musical's infant stage, featuring memorable clips from THE LITTLE PRINCESS, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and many more.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
The 1930s saw the newly born genre of the Hollywood musical bloom with artistry and variety never before imagined. For many filmgoers, the Hollywood musical gave them escape and hope during the troubled years of the Great Depression. Highlights of this 2-part program include the magic of director/choreographer Busby Berkeley, musical child stars such as Jane Withers, Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and the biggest, little-star of the decade, Shirley Temple, the musical ladies of 20th-Century Fox including Sonja Henie, Betty Grable and that superstar of song, Alice Faye, dancers such as Eleanor Powell, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, the Nicholas Brothers, and James Cagney, singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and musical fantasies such as the crowned jewel of the decade, "The Wizard of Oz."