Pennsylvania, 1859. Railroad tycoon Brennan (Alan Hale) is muscling in on oil-drilling farmers, led by Peter Cortland (Randolph Scott). Cortland must try to save their oil business, while also saving his marriage to Sally (Irene Dunne).
An MGM short that starts with a brief history of music in the movies, from accompaniment for silents, to background scores, to elaborate musical productions, and ends up as a highlight reel of recent and upcoming releases from the studio.
In 1898, composer Sid Barnett manages to get his sweetheart, Adeline the beer-garden singer, to sing the lead in his new Broadway operetta; this infuriates Elysia, the erstwhile star. But ... See full summary »
This short documentary tells the story of Ontario, Canada's forest rangers who, with the aide of bush pilots, keep watch over the forests. Viewers see them fight a large forest fire that threatens the small village of Gogama.
Van Campen Heilner
This short film purports to be about the intricacies of sound technology, but it's really more of an excuse to showcase a batch of big-name MGM stars and some coming attractions. But either way it's fascinating. We go behind the scenes for the filming of a scene featuring Jeannette McDonald and Nelson Eddy, and get a glimpse of the massive technicolor camera being used. There is also a scene featuring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr, in which we see their voices represented as sound waves. But this is all surface-level stuff and a prelude to an extended preview of coming attractions. And what a preview it is! Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Myrna Loy, William Powell, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, one right after the next. There's a nostalgic thrill in seeing a preview for "The Philadelphia Story" before anyone knew that that movie would become one of the most beloved of all time. Fun stuff.
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