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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scripts and reader reports, 1924-1954
PASC 82  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material

  • Title: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scripts and reader reports
    Collection number: PASC 82
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 23.0 linear ft. (47 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1954
    Abstract: During its peak years Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's (MGM) lineup included many of the most creative artists, technicians, and stars in the film industry. The collection consists of scripts and reader reports representing MGM motion picture projects.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Creator: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 1971.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Scripts and Reader Reports (Collection PASC 82). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233414 

    History

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the American film production company, was established in 1924 when Metro Picture Corporation (formed 1915), the Goldwyn Picture Corporation (formed 1917), and Louis B. Mayer Pictures (formed 1918) joined together under the corporate control of Loew's Inc. Louis B. Mayer was vice president and head of the studio and Irving Thalberg was vice president in charge of production. During the 1930s and 1940s, the studio was home to the finest creative talent, technicians, and stars in the motion picture industry and dominated Hollywood until the end of WWII. In 1952 the government forced Loew's, Inc. to divest itself from MGM. In the 1960s, MGM suffered huge declines and was taken over by Kirk Kerkorian (1970) with James T. Aubrey as president. It was acquired by a consortium of investors in 2005.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of scripts and a small number of reader reports for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture productions. The bulk of the scripts represent the 1930s-1940s and includes features (produced and unproduced), serials, and shorts. Among the scripts are titles such as Balalaika, The Big House, Call of the Flesh, The Divorcee, In Old Kentucky, Kid Glove Killer, Maytime, Prophet Without Honor, and several works from the Andy Hardy family series, among others. Serials include stories from Crime Does Not Pay, John Nesbitt's Passing Parade, Our Gang, and Pete Smith Specialities. A small number of scripts represent silent films. The script files also document careers of MGM screenplay writers such as such as Achmed Abdullah, Robert Benchley, Herman Boxer, Marion Frances, Doan Hoag, Charles Lederer, Robert McGowan, John Nesbit, A.P. Younger, and others.

    Related Material

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Architectural Set Plans (Collection PASC 24).  Available at Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Research Department files (Collection PASC 323).  Available at Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
    Collection of Motion Picture Scripts (Collection PASC 73).  Available at Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer--Archives.
    Film scripts.
    Motion Picture studios--California--Los Angeles--Archives