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Some of the Best (1944)

Released as part of the studio's 20th anniversary celebration, the film shows highlights of M-G-M's major productions from 1924 through 1943.
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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".

Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Leon Ames, Edward Arnold
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Himself - Commentator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore - Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' / Otto Kringelein in 'Grand Hotel' / Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner At Eight' / Captain Disko Troop in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)
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In a well-appointed den, Lewis Stone hosts a celebration of twenty years of M-G-M's best films. He summarizes the merger of three studios in 1924 and introduces clips from 26 films in chronological order. The emphasis is on stars and Oscar-winning performances, spectacles, and melodrama. There are also a couple of comedies, three musicals, war pictures, an earthquake, a gushing oil well, and a compilation-ending kiss. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

Language:

English

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1944 (USA) See more »

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Some of the Best: A Part of the Twenty Year Anniversary See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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great subject matter,presented poorly
9 March 2008 | by mush-2See all my reviews

Boy do we make better clip shows today! This is a shame because MGM had every right to pat itself on the back celebrating its 20th anniversary.Unfortunately,the clips are presented in a stodgy,old fashioned(in the worst sense) manner hosted by dull Lewis STone that makes you wonder what all the fuss was about. THe main interest is is for historical comparisons.THis represents the accepted opinions of the day.Forgotten box office smashes like Tell It To The Marines and Min and BIll are lauded along with genuine classics like Grand Hotel and Mutiny on the Bounty. One interesting bit-Stone makes a fuss over which films won Oscars.Yet he neglects mentioning The Great Ziegfelds Best Picture win.Maybe even then,MGM couldn't believe the overblown musical had actually won!


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