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The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention (1937)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 1937 (USA)
This short chronicles, in a semihumorous way, events associated with MGM's 1937 convention for the studio's national sales and distribution staff. First the delegates arrive by train in San... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Louis B. Mayer ... Himself
Al Lichtman ... Himself
William F. Rodgers William F. Rodgers ... Himself
James E. Davis James E. Davis ... Himself (as Police Chief Davis)
William Koenig William Koenig ... Himself
Sam Katz Sam Katz ... Himself
J.G. Mayer J.G. Mayer ... Himself (as Jerry Mayer)
E.J. Mannix E.J. Mannix ... Himself (as Eddie Mannix)
Harry Rapf Harry Rapf ... Himself


This short chronicles, in a semihumorous way, events associated with MGM's 1937 convention for the studio's national sales and distribution staff. First the delegates arrive by train in San Bernardino, California, where they change trains for Pasadena. Passengers are shown talking and singing on the train. When they finally arrive at the studio in Los Angeles, they are greeted by Louis B. Mayer, then go to one of the sound stages for dinner. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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1937 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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All the crew credits (director, producer, editor, music, etc.) are credited to Leo (the MGM lion). See more »


Singin' In the Rain
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by unidentified vocal quartet
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Big Times At The Mega Studio
25 December 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An MGM Short Subject.

A large group of very special businessmen arrive in Los Angeles and are given extra special treatment by the Hollywood hierarchy of MGM Studios.

This little film was made as a souvenir record of the 1937 MGM Convention, attended by the sales force, distributors, theater managers & various high muckety-mucks from the New York City office of Loew's Inc. - MGM's parent company. Never meant to be seen by the public - hence the unedited profanity - it was rushed through production so as to be ready to be shown at the Convention's opening night banquet.

Basically, it is an exercise in quiet tedium. The inebriated Conventioneers, looking distressingly like a crime family and acting silly with the pretty girls supplied by the Studio, are seen passing time on the Westward heading train. We are then treated to a rather glutinous welcoming speech by Louis B. Mayer, after which comes seemingly endless footage of the relentlessly cheerful hordes disembarking their buses at the Studio. Oscar material, this isn't.

Because of the film's extremely rapid gestation, there is no time for some of the expected niceties. Especially missed is any identification given to individuals in the crowd of sullen stars who eventually show-up, leaving the viewer to quickly ID them as they parade past the camera (`Isn't that Charles Boyer dressed as Napoleon?' `Look! There's little Freddie Bartholomew!' `That has to be Oliver Hardy!')

The film's humorous opening credits claim Leo (the Lion) as the entire creative & production crew.

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