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M-G-M Jubilee Overture (1954)

Approved | | Short, Music | 22 July 1954 (USA)
This 1954 short film celebrates Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 30th anniversary with Johnny Green conducting The M-G-M Symphony Orchestra performing a medley of tunes from some of the studio's best-known musicals.
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Complete credited cast:
The MGM Symphony Orchestra The MGM Symphony Orchestra ... Themselves
Johnny Green ... Himself
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This short was released as part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 30th anniversary. The M-G-M Symphony Orchestra, led by Johnny Green, plays a medley of eleven well-known songs used in some of the studio's best-known musicals. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Short | Music

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1954 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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All cast, crew and song credits are given orally by narrator John Dehner rather than on screen. See more »

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References The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Rain
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Performed by The MGM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johnny Green
Song debuted in the film The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
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Good music, bad talk
25 November 2006 | by imdbrwdSee all my reviews

This is basically an early Cinemascope music film, with the MGM studio orchestra performing well-known numbers from several of their films as a 30th anniversary tribute. Missing was the most obvious, "Tara's Theme" from "Gone With The Wind", perhaps because GWTW was not originally an MGM production.

For some unknown reason, they decided to use a voice-over narration to tell us what each number was as it started, in an otherwise seamless concert. Audiences in the 1950s surely knew what these selections were, and even if they didn't, a superimposed title would have been a preferred way to handle it. What were they thinking?


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