The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World

The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World

by Steven Bingen
The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World

The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World

by Steven Bingen


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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s emblem, which has opened thousands of movies since 1924, is the most recognized corporate symbol in the world. Not just in the entertainment industry, it should be noted, but of any industry, anywhere, in the history of human civilization. But MGM has been a competitively insignificant force in the motion picture industry for nearly as long as it once, decades ago, dominated that industry. In fact, the MGM lion now presides not over movies alone, but over thirty world-class resorts, and is, or has been, also a recognized leader in the fields of real estate, theme parks, casinos, golf courses, consumer products, and even airlines, all around the world. But the MGM mystique remains. This book is a look at what made MGM the Mount Rushmore of studios, how it presented itself to the world, and how it influenced everything from set design to merchandising to music and dance, and continues to do so today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493060542
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2022
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 517,612
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steven Bingen is an author, archivist, lecturer and Hollywood insider who has written or contributed to dozens of books, articles, and documentaries regarding popular culture, film history, and in particular, Hollywood's physical past, including MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot, Warner Bros.: Hollywood's Ultimate Backlot, Paramount: City of Dreams, and recently, Hollywood’s Lost Backlot: 40 Acres of Glamor and Mystery. He lives in Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I

1 Dedications and Dedication 3

2 Players and Their Plays 17

3 Old Men and New Blood 33

4 Gamblers and Their Games 49

Part II

5 The "Other" MGMs 75

Real Estate 77

Theaters 85

Film Processing 88

Hotel and Casinos 90

Condominiums 98

Baseball Stadium 99

Airline 100

Theme Parks and Attractions 102

Records, Radio, and Music Publishing 114

Television 121

Home Entertainment 127

Live Theater 131

MGM Interactive 134

Merchandise 136

6 MGM, as Depicted … 143

A Mayer in the Movies (and Onstage!) 147

A Mogul in the Movies 170

Mayer and His Studio on the Page: Nonfiction 180

Mayer and His Studio on the Page: Biographical 189

Mayer and His Studio on the Page: Fiction 201

7 Influence of the Lion 213

Architecture 219

Fashion 222

Music 227

Humor 231

8 The MGM People 237

9 Shadows of the Lion 267

In the Lion's Den 267

Leo Uncaged 284

Appendix Lords of the Lion 295

Acknowledgments 299

Notes 303

Bibliography 311

Index 329

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