Turner/MGM scripts

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Turner/MGM scripts
Date (inclusive): 1918-1986
Collection number: 400
Creator: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Turner Entertainment Company
Extent: 1,378 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Turner/MGM scripts, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, an American motion picture production company, was formed in 1924. The studio was located in Culver City, California. MGM was formed when the theater circuit Loew's Inc., owner of Metro Pictures Corporation, acquired Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures and subsequently merged the three companies. Turner Entertainment Company (TEC), a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), was formed in 1986 following TBS's acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Turner then immediately sold the MGM studio to Lorimar Pictures while retaining the film library and script material.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Turner/MGM scripts span the years 1918-1986 and encompass 1,378 linear feet. A total of 1,839 feature films are represented. The files contain scripts, treatments, original source material, other story material, and music reports that function as music cue sheets. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of MGM's feature film output from the company's earliest days through the acquisition of its film library by Turner in 1986. The Turner Entertainment Company has retained all original script material for GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) and THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939).


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced

Indexing Terms

Studio records