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Hidden mysteries of Hollywood’s greatest backlot

M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
M-G-M: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot
By Steven Bingen and Stephen X. Sylvester

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In Hollywood’s golden age the movie studios were known as “dream factories.” And back then, the biggest and best was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The studio’s iconic roaring lion graced the same screen as such legendary performers as Garbo, Astaire and Gable. In fact, it’s estimated that before 1970, a fifth of all the movies made in the U.S were shot on the vast, sprawling MGM backlot in Culver City. Now a new book gives you a behind-the-scenes look at an era of movie making that made Southern California synonomous with the filmmaking industry. “MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” is an illustrated history of the most famous and mysterious studio the industry has ever known.


Steven Bingen, co-author of MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot

Stephen X. Sylvester, co-author of MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot