The Golden Age of Hollywood

I know this isn't a movie palace, but it is such a good article about the famous MGM Studio I had to put it somewhere.  Dave

The 1974 film That’s Entertainment, was a surprise hit for MGM, placing in the top 20 movies of the year and resulting in a sequel in 1976. The movie showed clips of the studio’s library of great musicals, narrated by its former stars. Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra, among others, and were filmed as as they walked through the old standing sets of the back lots 3-6. In 1974 these back lot standing sets looked forlorn and worn down. Fred Astaire begain the documentary at the train station on lot 2, where years earlier he had sung the first song in Band Wagon. Bing Crosby narrates a visit to the English lake and its Waterloo bridge as looking “scruffy.” Donald O’Connor introduces the Esther Williams movies by visiting the outdoor pool that had been built just for her films. The whole area looked abandoned.

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Source: Silver Screen Modes by Christian Esquevin

 

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A fascinating look at the old MGM backlots, seen today some of those sets look like works of art, the detail to make them look real is breathtaking, the most readily recognizable set at least for me is the street built for Meet Me In St Louis, today these backlots seem a world away part of another time which in reality they are, they belong to a time when movies, vaudeville and radio were the only forms of entertainment, as time moves on I wonder how the new generations of young people will  perceive the GAOH era, the opportunity for first hand contact with the stars of that era won't exist they will have  all passed on, I treasure my signed stills from Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Alice Faye and Phil Harris and Deanna Durbin all are gone now and with them much of the fun of writing to a great star and waiting for what seemed like an eternity for the mail to arrive with that personally signed photo, times indeed have moved on.

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