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How a 230-Acre Farm Became a Legendary Hollywood Studio

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How a 230-Acre Farm Became a Legendary Hollywood Studio

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By building Universal on a 230-acre farm in 1912, Carl Laemmle paved the way for other pioneers to set up their stall in Hollywood. Other names soon followed suit, including Paramount and Fox Film Corporation.


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The movie industry was born in West Orange, NJ in 1893 by Thomas Edison. Within thirty years, Hollywood grew into America's fourth largest, and by far most glamorous, industry. Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood, when actors became global celebrities, moguls became millionaires, and the entire nation became movie crazy. Using digitally remastered news footage, rare studio archives, and home movie footage, look back on the dawn and meteoric rise of Tinseltown in color.

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