Lost L.A.

Central Casting: Extras and Ethnicities

Clip: Season 2 | 10m 37s

In 1925, Hollywood studios joined together and formed the Central Casting Bureau. At a time when aspiring motion picture players were flocking to Los Angeles, this new organization streamlined the casting process, but it also marginalized nonwhite actors. Central Casting took advantage of L.A.’s diverse social and cultural landscapes, hiring representatives within the city’s ethnic enclaves.

Aired: 11/08/17

Rating: NR

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