M-G-M STUDIOS (1979/80)
Another view of the old derelict MGM New York backlot
"Singin In the Rain"
M-G-M STUDIOS (1979) Lot 2
Hardy Street House
"Andy Hardy" Films
Photo Credit John Divola
Photo Credit Todd Spiegelberg
M-G-M STUDIOS (1979/80)
St. Louis Street
"Meet Me In St. Louis"
MGM BACK LOTS 3
In periods of peak production, which was most of the time, the studio
had six thousand employees and three entrances to accommodate
them - the gate between Corinthian columns on Washington
Boulevard; another one farther down Ince Way; and a crew gate on
Culver Boulevard, where the workers punched time clocks.
MGM owned forty cameras and sixty sound machines. Thirty-three
actors were officially designated stars, seventy-two actors were
considered featured players, and twenty-six directors were under
contract. "Anywhere from sixteen to eighteen pictures were being
shot at one time," remembered actress Ann Rutherford. "They were
either shooting or preparing to shoot on every soundstage.... You
could stick your nose into any rehearsal hall or soundstage, and it was
just teeming with life."
The studio had its own dentist, its own chiropractor, its own foundry.
It made its own paint, its own rubber molds. There were shops where
old cars could be fabricated and assembled; electric, glass, and plastic
shops. If a prop could not be found in the vast warehouse, it could be
made overnight, or purchased; the studio spent $1 million a year
About 2,700 people ate in the commissary every day, while the
research department answered about five hundred questions daily.
The studio's laboratory printed 150 million feet of release prints every
year. Power was supplied by an in-house electrical plant, which was
of sufficient size to light a town of 25,000.
MGM maintained a police force of fifty officers, with four captains,
two plainclothesmen, an inspector, and a chief - a force larger than
that of Culver City itself. Each member of the MGM police was
trained to recognize all contract players and to salute each star.
The MGM police had a slightly different mandate than most police
forces. Part of their job was protecting the studio's assets from the
public, but they also had to protect those assets from themselves. No
matter what an MGM actor did, police chief Whitey Hendry had to
beat the local police to the scene, where publicity chief Howard
Strickling would make arrangements to keep the story out of the
papers. To do this, the studio had paid informants in every local police
From SCOTT EYMAN "The Lion of Hollywood"
Published: July 10, 2005
MGM's Lot #3 was demolished to make way for a new apartment and
condominium complex which became known as "Raintree Estates"
named for this motion picture. Several Chinese Golden Raintrees were
planted around the new residential property and many of the
complex's streets and buildings were named for various MGM
productions . Located off Jefferson Boulevard between Overland Ave
and Duquesne Ave in Culver City, Raintree Condominiums is on the
Westside with 534 units in six buildings, built in 1972 .
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