This extraordinary silent film dates to 1925 and presents a tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California — today the Sony Pictures Studios. The film opens at 1:33 with a sweeping shot of the studio lot. At 3:30 the studio gate on Washington Blvd. is shown and at 3:55, the studio's wire to New York (a telegraph!) At 4:00 MGM's main building on Washington Blvd. is seen with Model T Fords running past. At 6:37 Stage 14 is shown under construction; it is one of many on the lot. At 7:26 story executives including Mrs. M.F. Lee are shown. Writers and directors are shown at 7:53 including Carey Wilson, Howard Hawks, Agnes Charley Johnston, Frederic and Fanny Hatton, Waldemar Young, Jane Murfin, Max Marcin. Directors are shown at 10:33 (see below for a list of names), stars at 11:53, and the casting office at 15:45. At 17:39 Yellow Coach buses are seen unloading at the studio entrance. At 18;30 costume department staff is shown. At 20:45 some of the MGM cameramen are seen with their hand-wound cameras. Production managers and other staff are seen at 23:00. At 24:35 some of the backlot is shown with various sets including a medieval town. The various artisans employed in building sets and props are detailed. Electricians and best boys are shown at 29:20 and location lighting shown on a movie shoot at 32:00. The studio orchestra is shown at 34:00. At 36:00 the studio motion picture film laboratory is shown. At 37:00 the projectionists are shown. At 37:36 editing facilities are shown with films being wound onto reels. At 39:00 the studio commissary is shown. The film ends with shots of the MGM executives who made the Hollywood golden era possible -- including studio head Louis B. Mayer.
Others appearing in this film include: story copyists Miss Underwood , Miss Remington (named after typewriters!), directors Victor Sjöströ, Dimitri Buchowetzki, Monta Bell, Rupert Hughes, Josef von Sternberg, Erich von Stroheim, Hobart Henley, King Vidor, Fred Niblo, Reginald Barker, Alfred Raboch, Christy Cabanne, Tod Browning, Marcel De Sano, William A. Wellman and Jack Conway. Actors and actresses shown include: Ramon Novarro, Mae Murray, Claire Windsor, Conrad Nagel, John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Mae Busch, Lon Chaney, Lew Cody, Aileen Pringle, Norma Shearer, Carmel Myers, Gertrude Olmstead,, Zasu Pitts, Edward Connelly, Renée Adorée, Pauline Starke, Bert Roach, Frank Currier, Estelle Clark, Paulette Duval , Helena D'Algy, Joan Crawford, Sally O'Neil, George K. Arthur, Matthew Betz, Roy D'Arcy, Kathleen Key, Robert McIntyre. Some of others in the film include casting directors, costume designer Romaine de Tirtoff Erte, Art director Cedric Gibbons
The film also contains footage of MGM Vice President Louis B. Mayer and MGM Associate Executive Irving Thalberg, as well as Associate Executive Harry Rapf.
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