The mammoth documentary, which kicked off at 5 p.m. PT today (the first episode, “Peepshow Pioneers,” will be shown again on TCM at 8 p.m.) features rarely seen photographs and film footage, clips from numerous American movie productions, and interviews with historians and major Hollywood figures, including Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Molly Haskell, and TCM's own Robert Osborne.
Also this evening: the early Mary Pickford vehicle Ramona (1910), D.W. Griffith at the Biograph studios in 1909, seven early silent shorts based on the plays of William Shakespeare, the films of pioneer Thomas Edison, and the films of Georges Méliès, who, though no Hollywood filmmaker, was instrumental in the creation of early movie magic.
Moguls & Movie Stars was executive-produced by Bill Haber (TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; Broadway's The History Boys and Monty Python's Spamalot) and written and produced by Jon Wilkman.
Moguls & Movie Stars will be presented on Mondays, with an encore on Wednesdays.
This evening's schedule/information below is from the TCM website:
6:00pm Films of Thomas Edison, The (1893)
8:00pm Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood: Peepshow Pioneers (2010)
9:05pm D.W. Griffith with Biograph (1909)
11:10pm Films of Georges Méliès, The (1896)
1:00am [Silent] Silent Shakespeare (1908)
A collection of seven silent shorts based on the plays of William Shakespeare, including King John (1899), King Lear (1910) and Richard III (1911).
2:30am [Silent] Ramona (1910)
In this silent short, a rancher's daughter runs off with a Native.
Cast: Mary Pickford, H. B. Walthall, Francis J. Grandon, Kate Bruce Dir: D.W. Griffith C-17 min.
Photo: via archives.gov.