Filming for this documentary began in the mid 1970s. Among those who either declined to be interviewed, or were scheduled to be interviewed, but canceled at the last minute, included: Myrna Loy, Dolores del Rio, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Charles Farrell, Lew Ayres, Alice Terry, Anita Page, Jean Arthur, Beatrice Lillie, Pola Negri, Loretta Young, Walter Pidgeon, Marceline Day, Frank Coghlan Jr., George O'Brien, Lina Basquette, Frankie Darro, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Virginia Grey, Alice White, Jean Acker, Ernest Morrison, Gilbert Roland, Sally Eilers, Arthur Lake, Nils Asther, Carmel Myers, Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary), Noble Johnson, Dorothy Mackaill, Evelyn Brent, Joseph Henabery, George Jessel, Stepin Fetchit (nee Lincoln Perry), Joan Bennett, George K. Arthur, May McAvoy, Barbara Kent, Carolynne Snowden, Doris Kenyon, Sally Blane, Una Merkel, Esther Ralston, and Ricardo Cortez among others. Kevin Brownlow and David Gill reportedly tried to contact Charles Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, and William Powell for interviews, but all could not be reached.
Agnes de Mille:
Whenever they finished a picture, which would be roughly every week... you know, they didn't waste time, they just got ahead and shot it, not always with a scenario... then they'd run it. They'd paste it together and run it. And they asked everybody...