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MGM: When the Lion Roars Hardcover – 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing, Inc.; 1st edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187868504X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878685049
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is absolutely packed with "more stars than there are in the heavens," and the resquisite tidbits on the Hollywood of the '30's, '40's, and '50's. It is an incredible, engrossing, and exhilirating ride through the golden years at MGM, told with affectionate and interesting text and glowing behind-the-scenes photos. Stars and directors share memories and experiences of their years being heralded by the roar of Leo the Lion. The book hails MGM's (and probably Hollywood's) greatest works, such as 'Gone With the Wind', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Meet Me In St. Louis', 'Annie Get Your Gun', 'Singin' In The Rain' and 'Gigi' among them. There are special dedications to several stars such as Fred Astaire: "Astaire's Women", Gene Kelly: "The Genius Of Gene Kelly", and Judy Garland: "The Biggest Thing To Happen To The MGM Musical". You won't be able to skim through this one. If the text doesn't hook you, the vibrant photos will. It's a walk back through three magical decades sprinkled with nostalgia and wonderful memories. "What a glorious feelin'"... to go "off to see the wizard" again, and also revisit all the beauty and grandeur of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and what it will always stand for: Art for art's sake... and the greatest entertainment that will EVER be.
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I purchased this book after seeing the FANTASTIC documentary of the same name on telivision. This book has some of the most fabulous photos I have ever seen from the Golden age of Hollywood and I highly recommend it (and the documentary, also, which is often featured on TNT) to anyone who has any interest in that era. The book is intersting reading, also, but nothing compares to those photos.
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This is a terrific book that serves as an homage to the greatest studio of them all MGM. Inspired by the circa 1986 three part tv series, it focuses primarily upon the prestige films from the studio which have become classics.
Featuring a lively text and crammed with high quality photographs, this book is worthy alone as a coffee table book due to the dazzling pictures. However, this book tells the story of the studio, its stars, and its generally high quality output. This is one of those books that you might want to start and stop with and read over an extended period of time. However, once I got started I could not put it down. I can only liken the process to a sensory explosion of sights and sounds that are in my conscious memory and have been with me forever.
Over a three decade period during which MGM was the brightest and the best of all the movie factories, the roar of Leo the Lion harkened to a nation plagued with depression, war, and new technologies that included television. Ultimately, it was management changes, a greater expectation for higher revenues, and the influence of television which brought the studios to their knees. MGM, despite its success, was not immune to failure and proved to be less adaptable to corporate change. In this look at the studio, its heyday is revisited and resurrected.
This is a sentimental look to MGM's past that brings all the glamor and pizazz back.
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A fun, enlightening and comprehensive profile of this legendary studio. It is particularly fascinating for classic movie buffs. The story of this MGM and those who ran it colorful and truly entertaining. Peter Hay's book is well written thorough and accessible to a wide range of readers.

Jennifer Leigh Wells
Author of "Rebecca: The Making of a Hollywood Classic".
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If you're a fan of old movies and especially MGM movies, oh boy! Are you in for a treat! This is a marvelous book jam packed with so much information, pictures, drawings, trivia, and behind-the-scenes gossip, that it'll take you days to get through it all. Fortunately it's one of those sorts of books you can dip in and out of but I'll warn you now, once you dip in, it'll be hard to get out! Highly recommended for any movie fan.
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I picked this up several years ago when it was first published and boy am I glad I did! Anyone who knows the history of the golden age of Hollywood is well aware that MGM waqs the top studio with the most glamorous, mythical stars like Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, and others. It offers rare and beautiful photos from the silent era and its beginnings all the way to 1959. Includes gossipy tidbits and much more! I hope they bring this book back on the market!
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You won't be disappointed! It's like almost being there back during MGM's heyday! A wonderful history book that captures the Culver City lot in great detail!
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I gave it as a gift to my aunt and she loved it. I leafed through it before I gave it to her and it's got a lot of information and wonderful pictures.
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