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MGM: When the Lion Roars 

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The history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.




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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Patrick Stewart ...  Self - Host 4 episodes, 1992
Samuel Marx Samuel Marx ...  Self 3 episodes, 1992
June Allyson ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Lew Ayres ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Freddie Bartholomew ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Jackie Cooper ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
George Gibson George Gibson ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Helen Hayes ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Van Johnson ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Roddy McDowall ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Ricardo Montalban ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Maureen O'Sullivan ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Dorothy Raye ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Mickey Rooney ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
Dorothy Tuttle Dorothy Tuttle ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
William Tuttle ...  Self 2 episodes, 1992
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This series surveys the history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios from its creation and rise in the 1920's, its pinnacle in the 30's and 40's to it's decline in the 1950's. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The on-screen subtitles (and running times taken from the TCM print) for the three individual parts are: "Part One: The Lion's Roar" (02:02:06) "Part Two: The Lion Reigns Supreme" (02:01:00) "Part Three: The Lion in Winter" (02:02:24) See more »

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Following the last ending credit of "Part Three" is displayed the following dedication text: Dedicated to the memory of Samuel Marx and Freddie Bartholomew See more »


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when the crowd roars for a DVD release!
20 March 2007 | by crispy_commentsSee all my reviews

After all these years I still remember this documentary vividly. I haven't seen it since it originally aired on TV in 1992 - and boy was I disappointed when I found out I couldn't borrow it from my local library, because some jerk had stolen the videotapes! I think that just proves this mini-series should be made available on DVD, eh? There's obviously great demand for it.

"When The Lion Roars" was fascinating and made me want to see all of MGM's classic films (so the documentary achieved it's goal!). Warner Bros owns MGM's films now (and this mini-series) and I suspect they're not doing all they can to keep MGM's history alive - they're much more inclined to release their own Warner films on DVD, it seems to me!

Anyway, I'm just dying to watch "When The Lion Roars" again - it would be even more interesting now that I'm older and would recognize more of the film clips and people being interviewed! But the fact that a clueless youngster like I was, still found it so entertaining and memorable, certainly says a lot about the quality of this documentary... and the quality of MGM's classic movie legacy.

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Release Date:

22 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amikor az oroszlán elbődül See more »

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