- 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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MGM: When the Lion Roars Hardcover – 1991
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Jennifer Leigh Wells
Author of "Rebecca: The Making of a Hollywood Classic".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a survey of MGM from the earliest days to the fifties. Well written, copiously illustrated and full of fascinating facts and statistics.Published 10 months ago by Judith E. Hanhisalo
Great resource for old movies. Now I can see and understand why movies are so expensive to produce. Reading about an icon of entertainment is to be enjoyed for a long time.Published 22 months ago by Gail Swartz
MGM was the only major to consistently produce profits during the 1930's. This history is really short on one of the reasons- its musicals, and musical stars.Published on April 14, 2014 by alfred testa, Jr.
I really did enjoy this so much - I did have the vhs - this was a better product - very much worth every pennyPublished on January 7, 2014 by Terry T