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The Munchkin cast for MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” leaves Times Square, November 5, 1938

Movie history in the making! On November 5, 1938, 28 of the Munchkin cast of “The Wizard of Oz” left Times Square in New York on a chartered bus for Culver City. Naturally MGM couldn’t waste a publicity opportunity so … Continue reading

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Busby Berkeley directs Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in MGM’s “Girl Crazy” (1943).

I love finding production photos like these. In this one we see Busby Berkeley directing Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the “I Got Rhythm” number from MGM’s “Girl Crazy” (1943) This number required so many performers that there seems … Continue reading

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MGM’s “On an Island with You” plays the Egyptian Theater, Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 1948

Employees at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd are busy putting Esther Williams’ name up in lights in preparation for MGM’s latest extravaganza, “On an Island with You” (1948) Evidently Xavier Cugat and Technicolor were big enough draws to make … Continue reading

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“The Hollywood Revue of 1929” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, June 20, 1929

What a night this must have been: the premiere of MGM’s “The Hollywood Revue of 1929” Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood, June 20, 1929. The cast was a Who’s Who of MGM’s roster including Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, … Continue reading

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Original MGM gates on Washington Blvd, Culver City, circa mid 1930s

I’m not sure which detail of this photo I like best: the 10 columns of MGM’s original gate (which are still around); the light-colored 1934 Cadillac convertible on the left; the circa 1929 Ford Model A station wagon next to … Continue reading

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A view from inside MGM’s original gate on Washington Blvd, Culver City, 1938

Here’s something that few of us mere mortals had the chance to see: the view from inside MGM’s original gate looking out across Washington Boulevard in Culver City. I read somewhere that the bridge overhead connected Mayer’s and Thalberg’s offices … Continue reading

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MGM Studios a year after the merger, 1925

This shot gives us an idea of what MGM Studios looked like in 1925, a year after the merger and two years before sound arrived to shake things up. It’s a bit plain and utilitarian, isn’t it? But it shows … Continue reading

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November 19,1916 – Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures

This month (on November 19, 1916 to be exact) marked the 100th anniversary of the date that Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures. As we can see, the company’s logo served as the template for movie studio Goldwyn … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion logo

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Irene Lentz Gibbons Salon at Bullocks Wilshire, circa 1930s

Before she became costumer supervisor at MGM in the mid-to-late-1940s, Irene Lentz Gibbons (known simply as “Irene” but she was married to the brother of legendary MGM art director Cedric Gibbons) had her own salon at the Bullocks Wilshire department … Continue reading

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