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Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972)

A documentary about the glorious history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and its decline leading to the sale of its back lot and props. By extension this provides a general history of Hollywood's Golden Age and the legendary studio system.




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Complete credited cast:
... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Herself - film clips (archive footage)
... Herself (archive footage)
... (archive footage)
Phyllis Loughton ... Herself - film clip (archive footage)
Russell Saunders ... Himself (archive footage)


MGM Studios, which was formed the result of a merger between Metro Pictures (owned by the Loews Company) and the Goldwyn Company, was the premier Hollywood movie studio from the mid 1920's to the end of the 1950's, when a court ruling dissolved the close association between movie studios and movie theaters leading to the end of the studio system that controlled what happened in Hollywood, and when television became a rival form of accessible entertainment. Led by Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg but not with obstacles, MGM was the best of the studios at perpetuating the dream that anything was possible, both in front of the cameras and in the lives of Hollywood royalty, namely the movie stars. Within a generation, movies became the largest money making form of entertainment. The public went to see movies in droves even during the depression, wanted to learn about and be close to the personal lives of the Hollywood rich and famous, and aspired to be part of that Hollywood royalty. Written by Huggo

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1972 (USA)  »

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Hollywood: The Dream Factory - An MGM Documentary  »

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This documentary can be found on the 2-disc special edition of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). See more »


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Himself - Narrator: Hollywood, the dream factory, at its worst it was spendthrift, crass and vulgar, but at its best it offered a rich, romantic, compelling world of illusion. While no one can be certain, the world probably will not see anything quite like it again.
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Edited from Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »

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A disappointment
14 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

This documentary started out promising (showing the auction of items intermingled with when they appeared on film), but quickly went downhill.

I am a classic movie buff and had seen nearly all the footage here before, but that's not the problem.

The documentary just seemed to have a lot of filler, especially near the end. Film clips at times seemed random and much too long.

Don't waste your time on documentary. There are much better ones out there.

IMDb requires 10 lines in a review. I can't even think of enough things to say about this documentary. Yes, it was this bad. I only gave it five stars for the auction footage and the footage of the MGM 25th anniversary lunch.

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