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Some of the Best (1944)

Released as part of the studio's 20th anniversary celebration, the film shows highlights of M-G-M's major productions from 1924 through 1943.
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Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Himself - Commentator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore - Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' / Otto Kringelein in 'Grand Hotel' / Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner At Eight' / Captain Disko Troop in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)
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In a well-appointed den, Lewis Stone hosts a celebration of twenty years of M-G-M's best films. He summarizes the merger of three studios in 1924 and introduces clips from 26 films in chronological order. The emphasis is on stars and Oscar-winning performances, spectacles, and melodrama. There are also a couple of comedies, three musicals, war pictures, an earthquake, a gushing oil well, and a compilation-ending kiss. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Twenty Years of MGM
10 May 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

This documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) celebrates 20 years with clips from some of the studio's most successful films. The host is Lewis Stone, who states he has been with the studio for "over 20 years." Like most movie people, Mr. Stone is counting the years before "Metro" merged with Samuel Goldwyn (itself a merger of Goldfish-Selwyn-Selwyn) and Louis B. Mayer. Stone spent most of his career at Metro/MGM. We begin with scenes from two of MGM's early silent blockbusters, John Gilbert in "The Big Parade" (1925) and Ramon Novarro in "Ben Hur" (1925). With worldwide favorites Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Lon Chaney, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and many others, MGM could boast, "More stars than there are in the heavens." The next subject is Greta Garbo, who Stone calls "The First Lady of the Screen." Stone mentions she was introduced in "Flesh and the Devil" (1926), but Ms. Garbo was a star from her first US motion pictures...

Lionel Barrymore revives high praise from Stone, who calls his colleague's performance in "A Free Soul" (1931) one of the finest ever committed to film. In five years, Mr. Barrymore would host MGM's new version of "Same of the Best" (1949); it trimmed many of the old clips to make room for the studio's new and upcoming productions. As is generally acknowledged, the famous "telephone scene" from "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) which made Luise Rainer a big favorite with "Oscar" voters is shown. Oddly, some title cards celebrate their status as "Academy Award" winners, while others forget – for example. "The Broadway Melody" (1929) was a "Best Picture" winner. Well-represented, Spencer Tracy is mentioned as getting better with every appearance. The later final clips are dominated by MGM's "vibrant new" star Greer Garson. It's all nicely paced and narrated. The title acknowledges than many films were left out; one reason is that this documentary was filmed in back-and-white. The next anniversary edition included color.

***** Some of the Best (1944) Louis B. Mayer ~ Lewis Stone, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy


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