- Title: CF363
Culver City, California, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. High angle pan left over MGM studios with US flag flying, vs buildings.
MGM gates / entrance. Reception clerks line up for camera, wireless operator reads telegram / cable, car past MGM main building with its Grecian columns. Pov down road and into building, pov tracking shots along studio roads and pan around central squre of buildings.
Rear stages, building of new stage, black construction workers.
Editorial staff and readers. Line up of eminent writers - Carey Wilson, Howard Hawks, Agnes Christine Johnson, Frederic and Fanny Hatton, Waldemar Young, Jane Murfin, Max Marcin - mcus.
Two women at work in research department, line up of various research dept workers, board showing names of directors and various shooting stages inc Tod Browning, Borzage, Vidor, Von Sternberg and Von Stroheim.
Group of directors line up for camera. Pan along directors inc Seastrom, Buchowetski, Hughes, Von Sternberg, Von Stroheim, Henley, Vidor, Barker, Raboch, Browning, De Sano and Wellman.
Group of MGM stars line up for camera inc Ramon Novarro, Mae Murray, Claire Windsor, Conrad Nagel, John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Max Busch, Lon Chaney, Zasu Pitts, Bert Roach, Frank Currier, Estelle Clark, Paulette Durall, Helena D'Aigy, Lucille Le Sueur (later Joan Crawford), Sally O'Neill and Roy D'Arcy. Pan along faces of stars.
Paulette Duval and Kathleen Key meet and kiss and smile for camera.
Lew Cody smokes cigar and searches his pockets and scratches head.
Carmel Meyers models spring fashion.
Zasu Pitts and Jack Gilbert chat and kiss behind his hat.
Norma Shearer collects her fan mail. She is hidden behind stack of letters and then removes top bundle so her face is visible but then drops all the letters.
Claire Windsor throws ball for German Shepherd dog.
Casting Office. Huge crowd wait outside and hold up hands as their name is called.
Robert McIntyre, casting director, smiles for camera.
Pan across studio dressing rooms. View along upper floor with sign reading ' Matron '.
Pan left with crowds in studios, some dressed in costume. Buses pick up outside studios to transport actors.
Fleet of studio cars.
E E Chaffin, wardrobe mistress, poses for camera, wardrobe department staff pose.
Seamstresses / women sewing costumes.
Erte dresses Lucille Le Sueur ( later Joan Crawford ). cu Erte as he looks over his creation, cu Joan Crawford smiles.
Men's wardrobe department.
Long row of cameramen using wind up cameras, cu shot and pan along row.
Group of still cameramen with cameras on tripod, pan along row.
Production manager smiles to camera and his staff.
Frederic Gibbons, art director, with his staff.
Draftsmen at work in drafting room.
Vs sets inc medieval castle, pov tracking shot through set.
C F Wilhelm, construction manager.
Pan around busy carpentry shop.
Crowd of carpenters make their way to vs sets, set worker at work on theatre set.
Women dressed as butterflies dance on stage.
Plasterers at work on set, Carl Bolzic, head plasterer, group of plasterers along set smoking, E H Tate, head painter.
Art studio with artist at work at easels in c cu Ferdinand Pinney Earle.
Property / prop warehouse full of furniture for sets.
Camera repair shop with head electrician, Kolb.
Electricians along set, vs power house / control room shots, generator trucks, shot of generator in action, lighting set, director rehearsing scene.
Tod Browning at camera for rehearsals for The Mystic. Rehearsal scene for The Mystic.
Edmund Goulding directs a scene with Conrad Nagel and Lucille La Verne.
Cameramen with portable camera film tracking shot of scene ( girls in make up inc Lucille La Sueur ) repeat of shot as if through camera.
Orchestra plays for camera ( music department )
Group of dancers do high kicks for camera.
Fireproof vaults used to store films, man extracts tin holding film and holds up to light, cu John Nickolaus, group of editors outside studio.
Group of projectionists.
Women assemble film prints, publicity department staff pose on steps.
Studio nurse poses outside small MGM hospital, studio barber shop and staff,vs studio restaurant.
Conrad Nagel talks to Rupert Hughes, vs restaurant with waiters / waitresses.
Louis B Mayer, V-P MGM reads at desk and talks into dictaphone.
10:41:01 Irving Thalberg, associate executive at desk.
10:41:15Harry Rapf, associate executive on phone at desk.
10:41:47Man packs film cans into box for despatch to distribution centre, cu label, boxes loaded onto back of truck and driven away through gates.
- Keywords:USA, EARLY HOLLYWOOD, MOVIES, SILENT ERA, HISTORY OF CINEMA, MGM
- Master Title:CF363