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1925 Studio Tour (1925)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short | 1925 (USA)
A tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio in 1925 is given to meet the people who make the movies there and see how movies are made.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. M.F. Lee ...
Herself - a Story Reader
Carey Wilson ...
Himself - a Writer
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Himself - a Writer
Agnes Christine Johnston ...
Herself - a Writer
Frederic Hatton ...
Himself - a Writer
Fanny Hatton ...
Herself - a Writer
Waldemar Young ...
Himself - a Writer
Jane Murfin ...
Herself - a Writer
Max Marcin ...
Himself - a Writer
Miss Underwood ...
Herself - a Story Copyist
Miss Remington ...
Herself - a Story Copyist
...
Himself - a Director (as Seastrom)
Dimitri Buchowetzki ...
Himself - a Director
Monta Bell ...
Himself - a Director
Rupert Hughes ...
Himself - a Director
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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 Huggo

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Trivia

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 »

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Title Card: A direct wire keeps M-G-M in touch with New York.
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Welcome to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
31 August 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Silent documentary introduced via title card: "Let us go behind the motion picture screen, into the shadow land of Make Believe, to meet the men and women who create our photoplays - to follow them in their work from the birth of a story to its first showing in a theater." Then, we're on tour at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California (part of what is collectively known, to the world outside, as "Hollywood"), circa 1925. Writers, directors, stars, and other MGM personnel from are introduced - many in the "group shots" are not identified with precision, unfortunately.

Bigger stars, like John Gilbert and Norma Shearer (both in "He Who Gets Slapped"), get special camera consideration. Interestingly, Lucille Le Sueur, "an M-G-M 'find' of 1925 is showcased; she would join the bigger stars after changing her name to Joan Crawford. It's been claimed Ms. Crawford's name was changed for other reasons; but, the presence of established actress Lucille La Verne in this very film makes it obvious Lucille Le Sueur wasn't going to keep her original name. The names Lucille La Verne and Lucille Le Sueur are far too similar.

The (then) better known Ms. La Verne participates in one of this half-hour film's "behind-the scenes" highlights - she and Conrad Nagel are briefly seen directed by Edmund "Ed" Goulding in "Sun Up" (released August 1925); and, director Tod Browning is seen "taking night scenes" for "The Mystic" (also released August 1925). There is less "tour" footage than the title "MGM Studio Tour" suggests. But, you do get a good look at the studio and workers who could, within a year, claim they led "The Big Parade" of Hollywood movie studios.

***** Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (1925) Louis B. Mayer : Edmund Goulding ~ John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford


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