6.9/10
67
5 user

Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (1949)

Released as part of the studio's 25th anniversary (Silver) celebration, the film shows highlights of MGM's major productions from 1924 through 1948. Subtitle depicted: "Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership".
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Titanic (1953)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner
Scandal Sheet (1952)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford
Certificate: Passed Drama | Crime | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A man joins the police force to learn police procedures with the intention of getting away with crimes.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Tom Trout, Richard Gaines, Anthony Caruso
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

2018's American Film Institute 46th Life Achievement Award recipient, George Clooney, is feted by celebrities and family at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Director: Louis J. Horvitz
Stars: Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Laura Dern
The Sheik (1921)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert.

Director: George Melford
Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Ruth Miller
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The third of three different travelogues James A. FitzPatrick mined from Hone Glendinning's photography in late 1953 and early 1954. Lots of shots of the Hagenbeck Zoo, churches and streets comparing old and new sections.

Director: James A. FitzPatrick
Stars: James A. FitzPatrick
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Himself - Host
Edit

Storyline

Host Lionel Barrymore celebrates MGM Studio's twenty-fifth anniversary, introducing the vast array of movies and their characters from MGM produced movies. Although there are numerous movies from which to showcase, he introduces twenty-five for special presentation, one from each of the twenty-five years starting in 1924 and The Big Parade (1925), and concluding in 1948 and Easter Parade (1948). Barrymore also mentions what's in store from the studio movie-wise for 1949, with such titles as The Stratton Story (1949), The Great Sinner (1949), Border Incident (1949), Edward, My Son (1949), The Red Danube (1949), Scene of the Crime (1949), Conspirator (1949), Any Number Can Play (1949), The Secret Garden (1949), Intruder in the Dust (1949), Madame Bovary (1949), Malaya (1949), Little Women (1949), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), Challenge to Lassie (1949), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), Neptune's Daughter (1949), That Forsyte Woman (1949), and ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

dog | See All (1) »

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Some of the Best: 1949 See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lionel Barrymore's introductory credit was "Informal Commentary by". See more »

Quotes

Narrator: This, ladies and gentlemen, is Leo - the lion - proud trade mark of Metro Goldwyn Mayer. This year, 1949, marks his silver anniversary. Twenty-five years during which his familiar roar has preceded those four famous words, which signify the very best in motion picture entertainment: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Presents!
See more »

Connections

Follows Some of the Best (1944) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dinner and the Movies
12 May 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Five years after "Some of the Best" (1944), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) edited together an updated version. This one is subtitled, "Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership." Like the first, clips from some of MGM's most successful motion pictures are presented, in order. This time, the format is changed, slightly. Only one film clip from each year is allowed, to leave room for an extensive promotional segment. Unlike the previous edition, color features are included. With more years and fewer clips, the time speeds by and there is less sense of any era or star. Greta Garbo ("I want to be alone"), Hedy Lamarr ("I am Tondelayo") and Mickey Rooney ("Andy Hardy") are mentioned as major personalities, but no single star is cited with much emphasis. John Gilbert stars in the first three films sampled, without any particular mention. If any single star and genre dominates (unintentionally), it's Judy Garland and musicals...

This "Some of the Best" is also different in that it ends with a long run of clips from upcoming MGM features. While several of these features became worthy enough hits to warrant inclusion as "some of the best," their presence makes the entire package less appealing than the usual MGM celebrations. The MGM compilation films arguably reached a peak with "That's Entertainment!" (1974). Intermittent commentary is provided by Lionel Barrymore, one of the studio's stalwart stars. His comments are much more limited than previous host Lewis Stone. This documentary's highlight is the ending footage, now widely seen, of MGM's 25th anniversary dinner, with the camera panning long tables of MGM stars dining. It wasn't obvious in 1949, but MGM's golden era came to an end in the 1950s. The "studio system" perfected at MGM ended, each company's power diminished, tastes changed and irreplaceable personnel were not replaced.

***** Some of the Best (6/23/49) Herman Hoffman ~ Lionel Barrymore, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Greta Garbo


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed