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MGM's March on in 1934-35 with Metro Goldwyn Mayer: Convention of the Century (1934)

In 1934, MGM held a convention in Chicago, inviting its company distributors from all over the United States to preview the films scheduled for the 1934-1935 exhibition season. After a ... See full summary »
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In 1934, MGM held a convention in Chicago, inviting its company distributors from all over the United States to preview the films scheduled for the 1934-1935 exhibition season. After a welcome from studio executive Felix E. Feist, the people in each geographic division are introduced, and the chief of each division says a few words. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Bob's Interviewer: Bob, how does it look for Philadelphia this coming season?
Bob: Same old story. As Babe Ruth would say, "Just like a breeze."
Bob's Interviewer: What do you mean by that?
Bob: The exhibitors in the Philadelphia territory, that still use the signing from Metro products, is just like kissing the wife goodbye in the morning.
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Horrible Look at People We Don't Care About
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MGM's March on in 1934-35: Convention of the Century (1934)

* (out of 4)

I guess you could look at this 7-minute short as being a part of film history but the end result is so bad that you can't help but become bored within the first minute. MGM held a convention in Chicago where they invited all of their distributors to "sample" the films that the studio had coming up. Studio executive Felix E. Feist is on hand to "talk" with everyone as the viewer must sit there and be introduced to the distributors, most of whom you've never heard of. I'm really not sure what the point of this short was because seeing these people isn't going to get you excited and there's very little "preview" of the films MGM would eventually release. We're told that MGM loves to show off animals including Leo the Lion and we're told that their latest creation of Mary the Rhino from the upcoming Tarzan picture. We hear her name a couple times but we're never told anything about her, which is a real head scratcher and you have to wonder why she was even brought up if the film was just going to go over the names of the distributors. Perhaps this short was just MGM's attempt to kiss up to these men and put them in a "film" so that they'd get the studios films played at more theaters. Who knows but who cares?


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