I was born in the old Hollywood Hospital a few years after the talkies came in. You might even say because
the talkies came in, since the reason we were there was so my father, Nunnally Johnson -- along with hundreds of other writers -- could make money writing dialogue for the movies. It was the depths of the Great Depression, the bottom of the birthrate curve, the year Franklin D. Roosevelt took office, the end of Prohibition, the year we went off the gold standard, the day after Hitler came to power...but Los Angeles was a boomtown.
The local news was: Cavalcade
won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1933,...