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The MGM lion: The making-off


We all know about the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion that has roared at the beginning of so many movies. But, of course, the short movie sequence had to be shot.

Shooting the MGM lion logo (in 1924)

Shooting the MGM lion logo (in 1924)

Shooting the MGM lion logo (in 1929)

Shooting the MGM lion logo (in 1929)

Source: DRB.

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  1. trolomatic January 5, 2010

    how did they shoot the lion for the 1928 logo in 1929? TIME TRAVEL?

  2. sierra March 11, 2010

    wow neat

  3. Russell Summers January 25, 2011

    where can i buy the poster of ‘shooting the MGM logo 1924’

  4. Yves Roumazeilles January 30, 2011 — Post Author

    As far as I can tell, the photo is not available as a poster.

  5. Ed August 17, 2011

    The date on the upper picture, 1924, is incorrect. 1924 was the year of the merger that created MGM, who were not producing sounded pictures. At that time, they continued to use the same original lion, “SLATES”, first seen on the logo for the Goldwyn Corp. It wasn’t until 1929, that they replaced “SLATES” with “Jackie”, who we believe is the lion in this photo. But they may have shot many screen tests of various lions before choosing him for the logo. He was also the first lion that was actually heard, when MGM began making “talkies”. This is at least the history I was able to uncover when, in 2008, did a complete digital restoration of the MGM logo, which made it’s debut on “Quantum Of Solace”.

  6. Yves Roumazeilles January 18, 2013 — Post Author

    Thanks for the update/correction.

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