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From the Ends of the Earth (1939)

An MGM short showing how materials are shipped by boat 'From the Ends of the Earth' to Hollywood. Featuring footage from the MGM films being made at the time. Such as The Women, Thunder ... See full summary »
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An MGM short showing how materials are shipped by boat 'From the Ends of the Earth' to Hollywood. Featuring footage from the MGM films being made at the time. Such as The Women, Thunder Afloat, Siren of the Tropics, Ninotchka, Northwest Passage, and At the Circus. Written by Caligula226

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1939 (USA)  »

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From the Ends of the Earth: Another Romance in Celluloid  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film short is available as an extra on the Warner DVD of The Women (1939) See more »

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Narrator: [voice over narration] More than four thousand years ago ancient paintings revealed the Egyptians, and later the Romans as the first peoples to construct ships large enough to be worthy of the name. Centuries later, there sailed forth are Spanish Galleons, Britain's greats, America's proud Yankee clippers, which ruled the seas for years. And finally the great ships of steel of today. Down through these hundreds of years, world shipping has always been vital to the prosperity of the ...
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Features The Women (1939) See more »

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Babes in Arms
(1937)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Douglas McPhail (uncredited), Mickey Rooney (uncredited), Judy Garland (uncredited) and chorus
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How much material MGM used to make movies
9 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short subject film came on a DVD I bought of an MGM feature film. "From the Ends of the Earth" was made in 1939, and probably accompanied "The Women" or other MGM films that were released to theaters that year.

This is a marketing piece to sell people on going to see some other MGM films then under production. But, it also has some interesting film snippets and information. MGM at the time was the largest studio in Hollywood and the world. The documentary stated that MGM each year used more than 9,000,000 board feet of lumber – enough to build 1,500 homes.

The studio used 900 tons of plaster, one-quarter of a million gallons of paint, 42,000 gallons of shellac, and 100,000 pounds of rope of all sizes – each year. No volume was given, but video showed women cutting and sewing some of the tens of thousands of yards of imported fabric.

The film used a map and showed where different materials came from around the world. And, it noted that all of the MGM costumes were designed by Adrian and his staff (Adrian Adolph Greenberg). Those who enjoy learning about movie production and what it takes to put a story on the screen should find this short film interesting.


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