The Hollywood Collection: Hollywood's Children

Baby Peggy, they discovered they could become stars, millionaires, and family breadwinners. Then the rush to Hollywood was on.
Gene Feldman
Jackie CooganDiana Serra CaryArthur Jacobson
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Forest NymphReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
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I enjoyed this documentary, partly because I love anything about the creepy history of L.A. including Old Hollywood, but also because one of the things that stands out so clearly with every single one of these child stars is how intelligent, articulate and self-possessed they are as adults. It's quite indicative of how the quality of writing and the expectations of actors have plummeted in mainstream Hollywood in more recent decades. All but one of these "forgotten" child stars spoke like they had been trained at a university in Shakespeare. Clearly to get roles in the 1920s, 30s and 40s to be an actor you had to be more than a pretty face, you had to be a literate person with verbal intelligence who could think on your feet.
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J. ArenaReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
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This is a fascinating documentary about how children went from being mere props to stars with enough draw to save a major studio. Sadly, we all know about children exploited by unscrupulous adults. Therefore, I found it notable that the most famous of those exploited children whose name is on the law meant to protect minors had a grandchild (now an adult) in show business! His earliest appearance on television was at the age of two.

If you have any interest in the history of Hollywood, don't miss this documentary. There's a lot more here than Mary Pickford and Shirley Temple.
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Sharon G.Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2018
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Interesting and informative.
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