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Lionpower from MGM (1967)

| Documentary, Short
In this short, MGM showed distributors and exhibitors highlights from the studio's films scheduled to be released during the upcoming 1967-68 film seasons. The first two-thirds of the film ... See full summary »
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Uncredited cast:
Alan Alda ... Lt. j.g. Morton Krim (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Aldrich ... Himself (uncredited)
Carroll Baker ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan Bates ... Gabriel Oak (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dirk Bogarde ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ernest Borgnine ... Barney Sheean (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jim Brown ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Petit Pierre (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Burton ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Godfrey Cambridge ... Benny (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Carter ... Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julie Christie ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anjanette Comer ... Kinita (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Cotten ... Ace of Diamonds (archive footage) (uncredited)
Doris Day ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
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In this short, MGM showed distributors and exhibitors highlights from the studio's films scheduled to be released during the upcoming 1967-68 film seasons. The first two-thirds of the film contain excerpts of movies in production or ready for distribution, starting in the fall of 1967. The last third shows advertising artwork for titles still in development. At least one of the films in the latter group never made it to the theater screen (an adaptation of Cornelius Ryan's book "The Last Battle"), and two other adaptations were not released until many years later (Caravans (1978) [released by Universal] and Tai-Pan (1986)). Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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USA

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This is what MGM had to offer?
10 January 2010 | by paskuniagSee all my reviews

I was just old enough to read about and understand the dismantling of MGM not long after this promotional short came out. In retrospect, if the movies featured in it are all the studio had to offer, then I guess it became a fait accompli when most of these pictures were released to mediocre reviews and/or box office, precipitating the fire sale of real estate and studio inventory that took place as a result (the most symbolic act of which being the auctioning of Dorothy's ruby slippers).

I have seen many of the films that were promoted here. The highlight, of course, was "2001: A Space Oddysey." "Point Blank" and "Where Eagles Dare" were both pieces of solid entertainment, as well. On the other end was "The Extraordinary Seaman," a horrible mess of a film that is supposed to be a lightweight story about the ghost of a WWI British naval officer (David Niven), but was weighted down by an albatross of a script penned by someone without a shred of whimsy, and directed the same way by John Frankenheimer, of all people. And "A Man Called Dagger" screams "TV Movie," what with its small-screen/b-movie cast (and budget). Unfortunately, most of the films in "Lionpower" fit either one or both of those moldy molds.

The class productions included "The Comedians," an ironic title, courtesy of the Graham Greene novel, about people living in Haiti during the Papa Doc Duvalier regime. Not a happy movie, but at least the participants- Liz and Dick, plus Lillian Gish and Paul Ford- had a good script to work from. And Roman Polanski directed "The Fearless Vampire Killers," a humorous satire that ought to be viewed again, now that the Transylvania Kids are once again en vogue.

There are a lot of other movies represented here. Unfortunately, even the few good ones mentioned in it couldn't save the studio, and the (mostly) fair-to-middling releases only hastened the demise of the MGM we once knew. So, in the end, "Lionpower" represents the final, throttled gasp of Leo the Lion, symbol of the studio that was once called the "Dream Factory."

Footnote: Ironically, it was another gigantic turkey, "Heaven's Gate," that, a decade later, allowed MGM (and Leo) to rise from the ashes and take over its parent company, United Artists, which had financed that infamous money pit of a film.


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