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From the Ends of the Earth (1939)

An MGM short showing how materials are shipped by boat 'From the Ends of the Earth' to Hollywood. Featuring footage from the MGM films being made at the time. Such as The Women, Thunder ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Himself (archive footage)
Lionel Barrymore ... Himself (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Himself (archive footage)
Ina Claire ... Herself (archive footage)
Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
Melvyn Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)
Nelson Eddy ... Himself (archive footage)
Greta Garbo ... Herself (archive footage)
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Greer Garson ... Herself (archive footage)
Virginia Grey ... Herself (archive footage)
Fay Holden ... Herself (archive footage)
Myrna Loy ... Herself (archive footage)
Chico Marx ... Himself (archive footage)
Groucho Marx ... Himself (archive footage)


An MGM short showing how materials are shipped by boat 'From the Ends of the Earth' to Hollywood. Featuring footage from the MGM films being made at the time. Such as The Women, Thunder Afloat, Siren of the Tropics, Ninotchka, Northwest Passage, and At the Circus. Written by Caligula226

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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From the Ends of the Earth: Another Romance in Celluloid See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film short is available as an extra on the Warner DVD of The Women (1939) See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [voice over narration] More than four thousand years ago ancient paintings revealed the Egyptians, and later the Romans as the first peoples to construct ships large enough to be worthy of the name. Centuries later, there sailed forth are Spanish Galleons, Britain's greats, America's proud Yankee clippers, which ruled the seas for years. And finally the great ships of steel of today. Down through these hundreds of years, world shipping has always been vital to the prosperity of the ...
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References Northwest Passage (1940) See more »


Babes in Arms
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Douglas McPhail (uncredited), Mickey Rooney (uncredited), Judy Garland (uncredited) and chorus
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One Hundred Ten Thousand Pounds of Rope
27 June 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

That's enough rope to hang everyone who had a hand in making this dull MGM short subject about all the raw materials, art objects, baby elephants and effort that MGM put into in producing 1939's slate of movies. First they show you the object, then they show clips of the stars, then the titles they will be offering their audiences.

It's a typical short to hype the studio and its product, like the modern advertisements that announce the picture being shilled is from the studio who brought you some other movie -- or occasionally, they share the same caterer. Then as now, one might go to see the work of a particular star or even director, but even when this short was shown at a Loew's theater (the same company as MGM, back then), it might be shown after a show featuring a picture from some other studio.

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