Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter
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Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter

Year:
Duration:
USA:180 min (including commercials)
Genres:
Documentary | Comedy
IMDB rate:
7.6
Director:
Jack Haley Jr.
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys.
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1982-05-16
Filming Locations: Hollywood and Vine, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Carol Burnett
Herself - Co-Host (also archive footage)
Jack Lemmon
Himself - Co-Host (also archive footage)
Walter Matthau
Himself - Co-Host (also archive footage)
Burt Reynolds
Himself - Co-Host (also archive footage)
Dom DeLuise
Himself - Co-Host (also archive footage)
Richard Pryor
Hinself - Co-Host (also archive footage)
Bud Abbott
Actor 'In Society' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie Acuff
Actor 'Leave It to Blondie' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Judith Allen
Actress 'The Old Fashioned Way' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Woody Allen
Actor 'Casino Royale' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Actor 'You Can't Take It with You' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Actor 'Fatty Joins the Force' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Asta
Actress unidentified 'Thin Man' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Baby LeRoy
Actor 'The Old-Fashioned Way' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lucille Ball
Actress unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anne Bancroft
Actress 'Silent Movie' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Louise Beavers
Actress 'She Done Him Wrong' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Scotty Beckett
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wallace Beery
Actor 'Dinner at Eight' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Belushi
Actor 'Animal House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Bendix
Actor 'Srar-Spangled Rhythm (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Benny
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edgar Bergen
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Bergman
Actor 'City Lights' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Bevan
Actor unidentified Mack Sennett film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Blake
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ward Bond
Actor 'Mr. Roberts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eileen Brennan
Actress 'Private Benjamin' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lou Breslow
Actor 'Fatty Joins the force' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lloyd Bridges
Actor 'Airplane' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mel Brooks
Actor 'High Anxiety' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Brophy
Actor 'Wedding Present' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe E. Brown
Actor 'Some Like It Hot' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nigel Bruce
Actor 'Crazy House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Bull
Actor 'Dr. Strangelove' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tommy Bupp
Actor 'It's a Gift' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sid Caesar
Actor 'Silent Movie' (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Cagney
Actor 'Mr. Roberts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eric Campbell
Actor 'The Adventurer' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Candy
Actor 'Stripes' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dyan Cannon
Actress 'Shamus' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie Cantor
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Philip Carey
Actor 'Mr. Roberts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ron Carey
Actor 'History of the World, Part 1' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Art Carney
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leslie Caron
Actress 'Father Goose' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nancy Carroll
Actress 'Hot Saturday' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin
Actor 'The Adventurer' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chevy Chase
Actor 'Caddyshack' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tommy Chong
Actor 'Up in Smoke' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Berton Churchill
Actor 'Angels Wash Their Faces' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jill Clayburgh
Actress 'Semi-Tough' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chester Clute
Actor 'Star Spangled Rhythm' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe Cobb
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Coburn
Actor 'Monkey Business' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Coe
Actor 'Road to Bali' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Claudette Colbert
Actress 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jerry Colonna
Actor 'Star Spangled Rhhythm' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chuck Connors
Actor 'Move Over Darling' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tim Conway
Actor 'The Private Eyes' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jackie Coogan
Actor 'The Kid' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jackie Cooper
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Cosby
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lou Costello
Actor 'In Society' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Broderick Crawford
Actor 'Born Yesterday' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan
Actor 'Crazy House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bing Crosby
Actor 'Road to Hong Kong' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ken Curtis
Actor 'Mr. Roberts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tony Curtis
Actor 'Some Like It Hot' (archive footage) (uncredited)
William B. Davidson
Actor 'In Society' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mildred Davis
Actress 'Safety Last' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Doris Day
Actress 'The Thrill of It All (archive footage) (uncredited)
Evelyn Del Rio
Actress 'The Bank Dick' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Melvyn Douglas
Actor 'Being There' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lesley-Anne Down
Actress 'Rough Cut' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marie Dressler
Actress 'Dinner at Eight' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jan Duggan
Actress 'The Old Fashioned Way' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Margaret Dumont
Actress 'A Night at the Opera' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn
Actor 'Million Dollar Legs' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Irene Dunne
Actress 'The Awful Truth' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Minta Durfee
Actress 'Fatty Joins the Force' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood
Actor 'Every Which Way But Loose' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zedna Farley
Actress 'The Dentist' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marty Feldman
Actor 'Young Frankenstein (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sally Field
Actress 'Hooper' (archive footage) (uncredited)
W.C. Fields
Actor 'The Dentist' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Larry Fine
Actor 'Soup to Nuts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Finlayson
Actor 'Bohemian Girl' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry Fonda
Actor 'The Lady Eve' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bernard Fox
Actor 'The Private Eyes' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kay Francis
Actress 'The Cocoanuts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Frawley
Actor 'One Night in the Tropics' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clark Gable
Actor 'It Happened One Night' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Greta Garbo
Actress 'Ninotchka' (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Garner
Actor 'The Thrill of It All' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Teri Garr
Actress 'Young Frankenstein' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Betty Garrett
Actress 'Neptune's Daughter' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Gielgud
Actor 'Arthur' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert
Actor 'County Hospital' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Gilford
Actor 'A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Forum' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Burton Gilliam
Actor 'Blazing Saddles (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jackie Gleason
Actor 'Smoky and the Bandit' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paulette Goddard
Actress 'Modern Times' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thomas Gomez
Actor 'Crazy House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leo Gorcey
Actor 'Angels Wash Their Faces' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Betty Grable
Actress 'Three for the Show' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger
Actress 'The Dentist' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cary Grant
Actor 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reed Hadley
Actor 'The Bank Dick' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julie Hagerty
Actress 'Airplane' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Haley
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Huntz Hall
Actor 'Angels Wash Their Faces' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Margaret Hamilton
Actor 'Angels Wash Their Faces' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Oliver Hardy
Actor 'Another Fine Mess' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jean Harlow
Actress 'Dinner at Eight' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Goldie Hawn
Actress 'Private Benjamin' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Hays
Actor 'Airplane' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Audrey Hepburn
Actress 'Charade' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Katharine Hepburn
Actress 'Adam's Rib' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gregory Hines
Actor 'History of the World, Part 1' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Judy Holliday
Actress 'Born Yesterday' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Darla Hood
Actress unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bob Hope
Actor 'Star-Spagled Rhythm (archive footage) (uncredited)
Curly Howard
Actor 'Soup to Nuts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kathleen Howard
Actress 'The Pharmacist' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Moe Howard
Actor 'Soup to Nuts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Trevor Howard
Actor 'Father Goose' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mary-Margaret Humes
Actress 'History of the World, Part 1' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Glynis Johns
Actress 'The Court Jester' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chic Johnson
Actor 'Crazy House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Allan Jones
Actor 'One Night in the Tropics' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Madeline Kahn
Actress 'High Anxiety' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carol Kane
Actress 'The World's Greatest Lover' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Danny Kaye
Actor 'The Inspector General' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Buster Keaton
Actor 'Cops' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Diane Keaton
Actress 'Annie Hall' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Grace Kelly
Actress 'To Catch a Thief' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Percy Kilbride
Actor 'Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Don Knotts
Actor 'The Private Eyes' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harvey Korman
Actor 'History of the World Part 1' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kris Kristofferson
Actor 'Semi-Tough' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bert Lahr
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arthur Lake
Actor 'Leave It to Blondie' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothy Lamour
Actress 'Road to Bali' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Langdon
Actor unidentified Mack Sennett film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stan Laurel
Actor 'Another Fine Mess' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jerry Lewis
Actor 'Sailor Beware' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cleavon Little
Actor 'Blazing Saddles' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd
Actor 'Safety Last' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Perry Lopez
Actor 'Mr. Roberts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sophia Loren
Actress 'Houseboat' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edmund Lowe
Actor 'Every Day's a Holiday' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Myrna Loy
Actress unidentified 'Thin Man' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marjorie Main
Actress 'Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hank Mann
Actor 'City Lights' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cheech Marin
Actor 'Up in Smoke' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marion Marshall
Actress 'Star Spangled Rhythm' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dean Martin
Actor 'Sailor Beware' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steve Martin
Actor 'The Jerk' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chico Marx
Actress 'The Cocoanuts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Groucho Marx
Actor 'Monkey Business' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harpo Marx
Actor 'The Cocoanuts' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elaine May
Actress 'California Suite' (archive footage) (uncredited)
George 'Spanky' McFarland
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Miljan
Actor 'Belle of the Nineties' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marilyn Monroe
Actress 'Some Like It Hot' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Colleen Moore
Actress unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dudley Moore
Actor 'Arthur' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe Morrison
Actor 'The Old Fashioned Way' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zero Mostel
Actor 'A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Forum' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall
Actor 'The Old-fashioned Way' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Murray
Actor 'Stripes' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mildred Natwick
Actress 'The Court Jester' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leslie Nielsen
Actor 'Airplane' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mabel Normand
Actress unidentified Mack Sennett film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donald O'Connor
Actor 'Singin' in the Rain' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Oakie
Actor unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ole Olson
Actor 'Crazy House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Franklin Pangborn
Actor 'Never a Dull Moment' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cecil Parker
Actor 'The Court Jester' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Slim Pickens
Actor 'Blazing Saddles' (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Powell
Actor unidentified 'Thin Man' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Quinn
Actor 'Bustin' Loose' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jessie Ralph
Actress 'The Bank Dick' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Basil Rathbone
Actor 'Crazy House' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martha Raye
Actress unidentified film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ronald Reagan
Actor 'Bedside for Bonzo' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tracy Reed
Actress 'A Shot in the Dark' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lee Remick
Actress 'Days of Wine and Roses' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Debbie Reynolds
Actress 'THe Unsinkable Molly Brown' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thelma Ritter
Actress 'Move Over, Darling' (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Ritz Brothers
Actor 'Never a Dull Moment' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Al Ritz
Actor 'Never a Dull Moment' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Ritz
Actor 'Never a Dull Moment' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jimmy Ritz
Actor 'Never a Dull Moment' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ginger Rogers
Actress 'Monkey Business' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gilbert Roland
Actor 'She Done Him Wrong' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mickey Rooney
Actor 'Love Finds Andy Hardy' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rosalind Russell
Actress 'The Women' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford
Actor Modern Times' (archive footage) (uncredited)
George C. Scott
Actor 'Dr. Strangelove' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vito Scotti
Actor 'How Sweet It Is' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Sellers
Actor 'Casino Royale' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mack Sennett
Himself 'The Hollywood KId' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Penny Singleton
Actress 'leave It to Blondie' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Red Skelton
Actor 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alison Skipworth
Actress 'Tillie and Gus' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Slezak
Actor 'The Inspector General' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Stack
Actor 'Airplane' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barbara Stanwyck
Actress 'The Lady Eve' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Graham Stark
Actor 'Casino Royale' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ford Sterling
Actor unidentified Mack Sennett film. (archive footage) (uncredited)
Barbra Streisand
Actress 'For Pete's Sake' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mack Swain
Actor 'The Gold Rush' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gloria Swanson
Actress unidentified Mack Sennett film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas
Actor unidentified 'Our Gang' film (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kenneth Tobey
Actor 'Airplane' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lily Tomlin
Actress 'Nine to Five' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Spencer Tracy
Actor 'Adam's Rib' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ben Turpin
Actor 'His New Job' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Murvyn Vye
Actor 'Road to Bali' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam Wanamaker
Actor 'Private Benjamin' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mae West
Actress 'My Little Chicckadee (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gene Wilder
Actor Young Frankenstein' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert J. Wilke
Actor 'Stripes' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Esther Williams
Actress 'Bathing Beauty' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hal Williams
Actor 'Private Benjamin' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Grant Withers
Actor 'Goin' to Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cora Witherspoon
Actress 'The Bank Dick' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Woods
Actor 'Monkey Business' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tammany Young
Actor 'Six of a Kind' (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Trivia
The three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame introduced by Carol Burnett are Joe E. Brown, Buster Keaton, and Jerry Lewis.
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The test footage of Sellers as Napoleon is from an undetermined film... possibly Stanley Kubrick's proposed 1969 film on the French emperor, which was never made.
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