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[in the March 1925 issue of "The Motion Picture Director"] Of the many artists who help to make up the finished film none is more important than the director. He can always improve a story . . . He is largely responsible for the acting of his cast and there are hundreds of little details of picture making that are entirely within his hands.
The father of two daughters, Mayer originally thought of production chief Irving Thalberg
as a son, but Thalberg's ambitions and his view of himself as the man behind the success of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer eventually brought them into conflict. After Thalberg's first heart-attack forced the young executive to take a long vacation, Mayer introduced a producer system he likened to a college of ...