Once upon a time, back when this writer was a lost soul, he sat in front of a LARGE number of those slickly-produced products called “Hollywood biopics.”
These are short (30- and 60-minute) films about Hollywood actors and actresses which are usually syndicated on broadcast or cable TV.
These little prerecorded, packaged bits of mythology usually mentioned something about the “glamour” of Hollywood.
Hollywood has become well-known for its glamour and its glamorous stars.
Few know the origins of “glamour.”
Glamour originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see, when in fact it was not what it seemed to be. In the late 19th century terminology, a non-magical item used to help create a more attractive appearance gradually became known as ‘a glamour’.
“Glamour” is the perfect word for Hollywood–in more ways than one.
One was struck by two reoccurring themes of these docudramas:
- The rise of the celebrity from humble beginnings to Hollywood stardom and the fame and fortune which accompanied it.
- The fall of the celebrity from the heights of such stardom (usually self-caused) by the rages of excess, alcohol, drugs and other self-destructive behaviors.
“But (s)he had a secret…” is one of the most over-used phrases to describe the unhappiness attending these film “giants.”
The narrator always tried to put the typical spin on the depressingly-familiar ends of these supposed “stars.” Usually it had to do with something in the person’s childhood.
Celebrity after celebrity; star after star “died unhappy” (many meeting unpleasant ends) and the narrator usually said something about “Hollywood chewing them up and spitting them out.”
Still, these sad, pathetic, all-too-familiar facts hasn’t stopped the Corporate Media from churning out nonsense about how great it is to be a Hollywood star or about the “good old days.”
Shirley Temple’s America – No more fictional place exists than the America of yesteryear. Shirley Temple–or rather the IDEA of Shirley Temple–has been held up and exalted by the media over the last week. This might be a good time to remind readers that Hollywood was wicked from the beginning, though much was hidden from the eyes of Americans in those days.
Though it’s not much discussed and even less written about by the media, early Hollywood pictures were little better than glorified pornography. By the early 1920s, such an outcry arose to shut down “Tinseltown” that Hollywood promised to police itself and the natives were eventually quieted.
It was after this outcry that “image” became the most valued product which Hollywood manufactured.
Any research into the lives of Hollywood’s “stars” who were contemporaries of Shirley Temple would produce quite the thick file of emotional and spiritual abnormalities, extreme sin, heartbreak and dysfunction. A real look at Shirley Temple’s America would be quite different than the nostalgic puff pieces readers have been offered by the media.
–From End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 15-16, 2014
The world ALWAYS wants the reader to reminisce about the past; about those non-existent “good old days.”
One important reason: it distracts the reader from his present life.
The Bible repeatedly advises “Do not look back. There’s nothing back there.”
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
“And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Remember Lot’s wife.”
Hollywood is always talking about the “good old days.”
Many Americans remember a time which never was.
Some spend a lot of time reliving their own version of the past.
Anyone who longs for the return of “Shirley Temple’s America” ought to be forced to watch 10 hours of Hollywood biopics.
Perhaps that might cure the desire for the good old days that never were.
When a person is transformed into the kingdom of heaven, he becomes a brand new creature.
One then knows everything that came before was sin and slavery.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
–2 Corinthians 5:17
Don’t search for a time which never was. Don’t live in the past. Live your life for now and the future.
No matter how much is in his past, there’s still a little time for the reader to fix his present and assure his future.
Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation
Tender Mercies of the Lord: Will Not Always Be Available
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Parts of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 15, 2016 and End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 15-16, 2014.]
- Nostalgia: A Tool of the Enemy
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Do Not Look Back: Time is Too Short
- There Were No Good Old Days
- END TIMES SURVIVAL: We Fight Spiritual Battles, Not Physical Ones
- 35 Most Important ETPR Articles
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-16. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.
4 thoughts on “Hollywood and the Good Old Days: Remembering a Time Which Never Existed”