The years through the hard times of the Great Depression and the war years of the 1940s are often called the Golden Age of Cinema. During this time, Hollywood studios churned out dozens of films each year in every genre, drawing millions of theater goers each week to the lavish movie houses that dotted the landscape in practically every center of human habitation, from the smallest towns to the largest metropolises.

There are many who say that some of the greatest films of all time were produced during the golden age. The themes presented reflected the attitudes, desires and concerns of the times. People went to the movies to be entertained and to be informed, and during the dark and uncertain days of the '30s and '40s, to escape, if only for a few short hours, the worries and stresses of everyday life.

With the advent of television, many theaters closed and more Americans started staying home in the evening. Although Hollywood studios continued to make movies, they were fewer in number and directors and producers took fewer risks, sticking with proven formulas and repetitive themes. The varied offerings of the golden age were relegated to late night broadcasts on independent television stations to become virtually unknown to future generations. However, there is a silver lining. Many very fine films eventually found there way into the public domain, making it possible to promote and distribute these works to those who were born too late to experience them first hand and those who miss the days when they could sit in plush seats and enjoy a night's entertainment for less than a dollar.

At BygoneBijou, we have selected some of the best of these films to present on this site. So, grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the kind of movie experience your parents and grandparents had "back in the day".


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