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This documentary provides a behind the scenes look at the making of movies in 1925 at the M-G-M Studios in Culver City, California. The studio itself is a small city, encompassing forty-five buildings, including fourteen sound stages (number fourteen which is currently under construction), connected by three miles of paved roads over the forty-three acre property. The stories, the soul of any movie, are vetted through a story department headed by Mrs. M.F. Lee. The approved stories are passed to the scenario writers, supported by the research department, who ensure factual accuracy. Taking the script, the director makes up the storyboards, and casts the lead roles. The director has a plethora of big name stars available at his disposal. The casting office, headed by Robert McIntyre, fills the supporting roles. His office is filled with aspiring actors, hoping to be the next big star. Being M-G-M with many of the movies being "musicals", a large subgroup of the performers are dancers, ... Written by
Although this film has no titles for cast and crew at the beginning of the film, the intertitles identify many of the MGM employees shown, including Joan Crawford under her real name of Lucille LeSueur, "a recent MGM discovery". See more »
"The Sound of (Self Congratulatory) Silence"-with apologies to Simon & Garfunkel
"WELL NOW, AREN'T we wonderful" could be a title of this 3 reeler silent short subject. It surely must be a most early example of shameless self promotion in the history of Tinsel Town.
IN WHAT MUST have looked like Picture Day at the local Elementery School, everybody (and we do mean EVERYBODY) showed up in their Sunday best to be photographed. Shot in almost exclusively static poses, it has the appearance of what the MGM 1925 Yearbook would look like. Actors, Stars, Caneramen, Writers, Producers, Service Employees and Tradesmen were all included.*
IN ALL FAIRNESS to Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg and the 'Suits' at Lowe's Inc. in New York, this wasn't all self-congratulatory fluff, for the motion picture business had grown considerably from the humble origins less than 4 decades prior. By this time Hollywood was the proud home of what was the 5th largest industry in America; falling in behind STEEL, PETROLEUM, RAILROADS and AUTOMOBILE.
WITH SUCH PROMINENCE, the public would surely want to get a look behind the scenes. It was 'Leo the Lion' who gave it to them. And don't you forget that! You got it, Schultz?
NOTE: * We cannot close our somewhat caustic review without making an inclusion about the mention of what the film title card refers to as "the greatest MGM discovery of 1925." It was young Starlett, Lucille LeSuerr; who we all know better as Joan Crawford.
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