50 Years of Action!
The history of the Directors Guild of America is recounted. Begun in the years when people in the United States were fighting for unions, the guild was initially not recognized by the movie studios. The organization was started by twelve men and evolved fairly peacefully until 1950 when president Joseph L Mankiewicz was branded a Commnuist and almost unseated Cecil B. DeMille. The history of the guild goes on from there, up to the formation of a Bill of Rights which was being developed during the filming of the documentary.
Morris R Abrams, Stanley Ackerman, Woody Allen, John Alonzo, Warren Beatty, Steve Besner, Richard Brooks, Himan Brown, Gilbert Cates, Michael Cimino, Martha Coolidge, Norman Corwin, William Crain, Chico Day, Tom Donovan, Edward Dmytryk, Milos Forman, Arthur Forrest, Michael H Franklin, George L George, Alan Gordon, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Kim Kurumada, Sheldon Leonard, Lynne Littman, Sidney Lumet, Rouben Mamoulian, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Adam Merims, Gordon Parks, Martin Ritt, John Schlesinger, Susan Seidelman, Joan Micklin Silver, Elliot Silverstein, Robert Wise, Richard Crenna