MGM: When the Lion Roars

Documentary produced by MGM and released for television 1992 in three parts, 450 minutes.

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The documentary was produced for the popular television audience, but does a good job showing the history of the MGM studio under Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg. Part One begins with the opening of the studio in 1924 at Culver City, and ends with the death of 37-year old Thalberg in 1936. Part Two shows examples of the studio at its height in the Golden Age of Hollywood, from 1936 to 1946, including Louis B. Mayer, Mickey Rooney, Lew Ayres, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Roddy McDowall, Van Johnson. Part Three describes the decline of the studio after 1946.

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