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MGM: When the Lion Roars 

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The history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Patrick Stewart ...  Himself - Host 4 episodes, 1992
Samuel Marx Samuel Marx ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1992
June Allyson ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1992
Lew Ayres ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Freddie Bartholomew ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Jackie Cooper ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
George Gibson George Gibson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Helen Hayes ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1992
Van Johnson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Roddy McDowall ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Ricardo Montalban ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Maureen O'Sullivan ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1992
Dorothy Raye ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1992
Mickey Rooney ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
Dorothy Tuttle Dorothy Tuttle ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1992
William Tuttle ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1992
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This series surveys the history of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios from its creation and rise in the 1920's, its pinnacle in the 30's and 40's to it's decline in the 1950's. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

22 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amikor az oroszlán elbődül See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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The on-screen subtitles (and running times taken from the TCM print) for the three individual parts are: "Part One: The Lion's Roar" (02:02:06) "Part Two: The Lion Reigns Supreme" (02:01:00) "Part Three: The Lion in Winter" (02:02:24) See more »

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Following the last ending credit of "Part Three" is displayed the following dedication text: Dedicated to the memory of Samuel Marx and Freddie Bartholomew See more »

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Outstanding Documentary
30 November 1999 | by BrundledanSee all my reviews

The meteoric rise (and lamentable fall) of, perhaps, the most legendary Hollywood movie studio is documented here, in a dazzling three-part mini-series as lavishly designed as the best of the MGM films themselves. Pure gold for movie buffs (and as easily accessible to the average viewer); "When the Lion Roars" combines a grippingly-told account of MGM's history, rich with tons of vintage film clips, interviews with studio stars, and a fascinating look at such legendary figures as L.B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg - all ably hosted by Patrick Stewart, who is clearly enjoying himself throughout.

And well he should be. There are scores of documentaries out there about Hollywood's Golden Age, but none even REMOTELY approaching the quality and craftsmanship of "When the Lion Roars". This is quite possibly one of the finest documentaries ever made. It has been released on video and, though not the easiest thing to find after seven years, is well worth the search.


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