Golden Age

Late 1920s to Early 1960s

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, producing “on the lot” meant very little location shooting—representing less of a golden age and more a drought for Texas in the 1930s and ’40s. As television consumed increased amounts of Hollywood real estate in the 1950s, a turning point came when high profile features such as Viva Zapata! (1952), Giant (1956), John Wayne’s The Alamo (1960), and Hud (1963) re-established Texas’ success in garnering film production. Although the state may have been largely left out of Hollywood film production during the 1940s, it did offer one major contribution to American cinema: “Race” films, or motion pictures featuring black casts produced for an all-black audience. From 1941 to 1947, producer Alfred R. Sack and Spencer Williams, a black screenwriter and actor, made ten features in and around Dallas. In 1991, Williams’ The Blood of Jesus (1941) became the first race film selected by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry.

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