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

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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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23 June 1949 (USA)  »

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Highlights some of MGM's best films from 1924 through 1948
29 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore sits behind a desk and hosts this review of MGM's 25 years of film-making leadership. After a small bit of braggadocio, he introduces a great film from each year, from John Gilbert & Greta Garbo silents through Academy Award winning Best Pictures like Broadway Melody, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Mrs. Miniver. He then introduces some clips from several films in production to be released that year like The Stratton Story, The Secret Garden, and Take Me Out to the Ball Game before mentioning a few others (e.g. On the Town) without showing any footage. The short ends with some familiar panning shots, for anyone who watches TCM, from the studio's Silver Jubilee banquet that features "more stars than there are in Heaven" (actors from Robert Taylor to Ava Gardner etc.).


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