Hollywood History Online
Join Movie Man Eric Houston to dive into Hollywood and film history! Eric is the Studio Manager at North Metro TV in Blaine and he is offering these classes for FREE! No need to register, simply click here or follow the link below at 7pm on the day of the classes listed below to see the live stream of his great classes!
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October 20 - The Presidency on Film: 1897 - 1945
Few people in the history of the world have been as famous as the Presidents of the United States. Nowadays, the President is a daily fixture in our homes, thanks to television. In the early 1900s, though, images of the commander-in-chief were much rarer. In this class, we’ll look at the very first presidents to appear film and see how the media of the day helped shape and preserve their careers. You’ll see tantalizing glimpses of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, watch clips from the numerous films made to commemorate the assassination of President McKinley, and even view footage from the dark days of both World Wars. North Metro TV Studio Manager and Anoka County Film Historian Eric Houston hosts this amazing look at rare, moving documents of American history.
December 10 - Rudolph, Snoopy, and the Grinch: TV’s Greatest Christmas Specials
For many of us, the holiday season isn’t complete without viewing our favorite Christmas specials. You’ve seen them dozens of times, but now is your chance to find out how they were made! You’ll learn which monster movie star provided the voice of a Christmas icon, which special was the first to use actual children as actors, and just what a Bumble really is. Join North Metro TV Studio Manager and Anoka County Film Historian Eric Houston for this trip down memory lane, featuring visions of sugar plumbs and nine, tiny reindeer.
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Marilyn: The Story of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is one of Hollywood’s greatest stars and one of the most enduring legends of the silver screen. In this class, we’ll follow Norma Jeane Mortenson’s journey from obscurity to one of the most recognizable women in the world. You’ll witness her immortal film triumphs alongside her personal tragedies as we examine a life that ended far too soon. North Metro TV Studio Manager and Anoka County Film Historian Eric Houston hosts this one hour look at the life and career of a true American icon.
Mickey, Bugs, and Betty Boop: The Birth of Animation
Everyone has fond memories of Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, but how were they created? And who were the cartoon stars who proceeded them? You can find that out and more in this great, one hour class from North Metro TV’s Movie Man Eric. You’ll learn about the very first animated movies, see which famous comic strip artists helped cartoons get their start, and even meet wacky characters like Gertie the Dinosaur, Felix the Cat, and Betty Boop along the way. It’s an unforgettable look at the earliest days of your cartoon heroes that you won’t want to miss!
Hollywood Goes to War
America joined the second World War on December 7, 1941 and Hollywood was quick to follow. Learn how Veronica Lake’s hair helped the war effort, why Clark Gable sought active combat as a member of the US Air Force, and how the war reunited Marlene Dietrich with her mother.
Come on Down: Game Shows of the 70s and 80s
Learn how Let’s Make a Deal revolutionized the genre and jump started a trend, how The Price Is Right became the longest running game show of all time, and just why everyone wanted to kiss Family Feud’s Richard Dawson.
The Quiz Show Scandals and Other Game Shows of the 50s and 60s
Americans, including the President himself, raced home each week to enjoy shows like the $64,000 Question and Twenty-One. There was just one problem: they were all rigged. Learn all about the scandal that rocked the nation and changed television forever.
The Three Stooges: Comedy’s Heavy Hitters
Nyuk nyuk nyuk! Get ready to learn everything you never wanted to know (and more) about America’s favorite nit-wits, The Three Stooges!
The Marx Brothers: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Sometimes Zeppo
Find out how the boys got their famous nicknames, how Chico and Harpo learned the piano and the harp, whatever happened to Zeppo, all about Groucho’s tenure as the host of the wild game show You Bet Your Life, and how these Broadway superstars became some of the world’s most beloved movie stars!
Mary Pickford: The World's First Movie Star
Once the most famous and successful woman in the world, Mary Pickford was the original American super star. We’ll take an in depth look at her career, from her early silent films to her Oscar winning sound debut!
Hollywood Goes to the Dogs
Meet Rover, the very first dog to star in a movie, and spend time with Hollywood’s other good dogs, like Rin Tin Tin, Strongheart, Benji, and even Lassie!