MGM Studios Tour (film #1 on Blood of Floor Sweepings (LSVideo). Also, recorded off of Turner Classic Movies). [Category: Industrial]

This is sort of a filmed tour of MGM Studios, made during the 1920s. Just about all the departments in the company get their few moments of filmed glory and a group shot before the camera. You get to see not just actors, directors, cameramen, and editors, but also the studio nurse, food service workers, and barbers. The film follows a loose progression of filmmaking from initial concept to developing the film. This is a wonderful snapshot of a major Hollywood studio in the early days of the studio system, when films were still silent and musicians were strictly for providing mood music for the actors.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.

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