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Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (1949)

Released as part of the studio's 25th anniversary (Silver) celebration, the film shows highlights of MGM's major productions from 1924 through 1948. Subtitle depicted: "Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership".


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Host Lionel Barrymore celebrates MGM Studio's twenty-fifth anniversary, introducing the vast array of movies and their characters from MGM produced movies. Although there are numerous movies from which to showcase, he introduces twenty-five for special presentation, one from each of the twenty-five years starting in 1924 and The Big Parade (1925), and concluding in 1948 and Easter Parade (1948). Barrymore also mentions what's in store from the studio movie-wise for 1949, with such titles as The Stratton Story (1949), The Great Sinner (1949), Border Incident (1949), Edward, My Son (1949), The Red Danube (1949), Scene of the Crime (1949), Conspirator (1949), Any Number Can Play (1949), The Secret Garden (1949), Intruder in the Dust (1949), Madame Bovary (1949), Malaya (1949), Little Women (1949), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), Challenge to Lassie (1949), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Neptune's Daughter (1949), That Forsyte Woman (1949), and ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

23 June 1949 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)


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1.37 : 1
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MGM's Top Twenty-Five 1924 - 1948
20 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These are the films Lionel Barrymore counts down as a celebration of MGM's Silver Anniversary: 1924-The Big Parade, 1925-The Merry Widow, 1926-Flesh and the Devil, 1927-Ben Hur, 1928- Tell It To The Marines, 1929-The Broadway Melody, 1930-Min and Bill, 1931-Trader Horn, 1932-Grand Hotel, 1933-Tugboat Annie, 1934-Dinner at Eight, 1935-Mutiny on the Bounty, 1936-San Francisco, 1937-The Good Earth, 1938-Boys Town, 1939-The Wizard of Oz, 1940- Boom Town, 1941-The Philadelphia Story, 1942-Mrs. Miniver, 1943-Randon Harvest, 1944- National Velvet, 1945-Meet Me In St. Louis, 1946-The Green Years, 1947-The Yearling, 1948- Easter Parade

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