Hollywood Facts: Volume I

Some cool, random facts we’ve compiled about Hollywood and movies – Volume I.  We hope you enjoy!

Image1.  The greatest number of takes for one scene in a film is 324 in Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City Lights.

2.   The largest Hollywood film set ever built was the 1312′ x 754′ Roman Forum for the Hollywood epic The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964).

3.  The first Hollywood stunt woman was Helen Gibson who doubled for Helen Holmes in the first 26 episodes of The Hazards of Helen (1914).  She was trained as a trick rider and married to cowboy star Hoot Gibson.

4.  The first film to receive an X rating under the Motion Picture Association of America system of classification was the anti-establishment Greetings (1968) with Robert de Niro, though it later received an R.

5.  Landmark movies Bonnie & Clyde (1967), The Graduate (1967), and Easy Rider (1969) signaled a shift from “Classic Hollywood” movies to “New Hollywood” or “Post-Classical Hollywood” films because they broke several social taboos and traditional filming techniques.

6.  Some of the most infamous Hollywood film “curses,” in which cast members and crew are plagued by tragic coincidences, are usually associated with horror movies such as Rosemary’s Baby, The Poltergeist, The Exorcist, and The Omen.

7.  Originally, the term “movies” did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “invading” Easterners.

8.  The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffith’s 1910 In Old California, a Biographic melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegitimate son with a man who later becomes governor of California. It was shot in two days.

9.  The shortest dialogue script since the introduction of talkies was written for Mel Brook’s Silent Movie (1976), which has only one spoken word throughout: “Non.”

10.  When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.


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