Today's Hollywood is strange, but you won’t even believe it’s past. Think again if you believe Hollywood is odd now. Celebrities in the Golden Age of Cinema were given ‘pep’ pills to remain awake, pushed to stage weddings for promotion, as well as pressured to appear in oddly specific ways. Trust us, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Hollywood was a fascinating location with a wide range of stories ranging from humorous to terrifying. This was particularly true for Old Hollywood, which we've seen via the scandals of the era.

What about the movies they were making, though? Did the controversies go unnoticed? What crazy things were all these outlandish artists up to have a film made? Why did performers in black-and-white films speak in such a manner? Why are so many child stars addicted to drugs? Why is Los Angeles the center of the film industry? 

Find the answers to these questions in the sections below and learn more about vintage Hollywood films with these fascinating facts.

THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IS BASED IN LOS ANGELES PARTLY BECAUSE OF THOMAS EDISON Thomas Edison's company in New Jersey held many moviemaking patents

PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD WAS A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD IN THE 1930S WHEN MOVIES SHOWED SEX, DRUGS, GAY CHARACTERS, AND STRONG FEMALE LEADS. After the adoption of s

OLD TIMEY ACTORS SPOKE IN THAT WEIRD VOICE TO SOUND UPPER-CLASS. The Transatlantic accent was a British-American hybrid that was taught, not evolved o

BLACK FILMMAKERS MADE MOVIES FOR BLACK AUDIENCES SINCE 1905, BUT MOST HAVE BEEN LOST. Less than 100 of 500 race films created between 1915 to 1950 s

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IN THE EARLY DAYS OF CINEMA, REAL BULLETS WERE FIRED AT ACTORS. Before blanks, squibs, and special effects were invented, directors would hire sharpsh

THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN ORIGINALLY READ HOLLYWOODLAND AND WAS LIT UP WITH 4000 LIGHTBULBS. HOLLYWOODLAND Its original purpose was to advertise for a segr
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