np: Metro-Goldwyn Distributing Corporation, (1925). Hardcover. Folio. Original quarter-cloth over gold paper-covered boards with illustrated paste-down. Unpaginated (80pp, 17pp). Golden front and rear endpapers with lettering.
Work contains 5 sections:
1) Men who make them: 20 pages with b/w reproductions of drawings showing portraits of Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg, Harry Rapf, Rex Ingram, Fred Niblo, Victor Seastrom, Marshall Neilan, Frank Borzage, Erich Von Stroheim, Tod Browning, Hobart Henley, King Vidor, Robert Z. Leonard, Rupert Hughes, Alf Goulding, Josef Von Sternberg, Benjamin Christianson, and Edmund Goulding. Each drawing with short descriptive text of each man's role in the Studio.
2) 36 full-page color illustrated movie advertisements (* list of movies below). Section interleaved with 17 pages of portraits (all tipped-in on Roxburghe cover) showing the following actors: Ramon Novarro, John Gilbert, Buster Keaton, Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel, Lon Chaney, Eleanor Boardman, Lew Cody, Aileen Pringle, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Zasu Pitts, Mae Murray, Mae Busch, Claire Windsor, Carmel Myers, Renee Adoree, and Marion Davies. Portraits such as these were displayed in the lobby of movie theaters. Includes two pages listing finished screenplays, works in production, about to be started, or contemplated for production followed by 2 page illustrated article "The World's Greatest Cosume designer Erté of Paris comes to Metro-Goldwyn Mayer."
3) Third section illustrated with 54 reproductions in duo tone of the actors (Studio's Players) at Metro-Goldwyn: Marion Davies, Lillian Gish, Norma Shearer, Ramon Novarro, Buster Keaton, John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Lon Chaney, Mae Murray, Dorothy Gish, Claire Windsor, Mae Busch, Conrad Nagel, Conway Tearle, Lew Cody, Alice Terry, Pauline Starke, Aileen Pringle, Zasu Pitts, Renee Adoree, May McAvoy, Gertrude Olmstead, Bert Roach, Matt Moore, Claire McDowell, Ronald Colman, Carmel Myers, Malcolm MacGregor, John Boles, William Powell, Edward Connelly, Francis X. Bushman, Cecil Holland, Lucille La Verne, Alec Francis, Creighton Hale, Frank Currier, Tully Marshall, William Haines, Mary Carr, Ford Sterling, Dale Fuller, Roy D'Arcy, Tom Moore, Nigel de Brulier, Evelyn Pierce, Sally O'Neill, Harriet Hammond, George A. Arthur, Kathleen Key, Paul Ellis, Paulette Duval, Miss No Name, and Helen D'Algy. Each picture accompanied with short descriptive text.
4) Four-page section "Putting them Over: Behind Metro-Goldwyn's Big Productions is the Greatest Promotion Campaign of History."
5) "Coming: The Greatest Picture in History." Large 14" x 29 1/2" fold-out illustrated with a reproduction of a color-drawing of a chariot race on golden background announcing the original "Ben Hur."
Heavy staining and age wear on binding. Majority of pages disbound. Parts of edges on some leaves creased. Slight abrasion and staining to outer margins of few leaves. Some waterstaining on lower margin of Ben Hur fold-out, not affecting image, slightly creased on top area of outer fold. Rippling on endpapers. Binding poor, overall condition of interior pages good to good+. Scarce 1925 Metro-Goldwyn publicity book giving a unique insight into Hollywood's Golden Age of the Silent Movies. Item #32245
* Maré Nostrum, The Virgin Flame, A Message to Garcia, The Exquisite Sinner, The Mysterious Island, Bardeleys the Magnificent, The Merry Widow, The Mystic, Nothing to Wear, The Reason Why, Wrath, The Unholy Three, The Big Parade, The Circle, You Too!, Oh you Women!, Money Talks, Lady of Leisure, The Tower of Lies, Romola, Lovey Mary, Pretty Ladies, Dance Madness, The Charity Ball, The Barrier, Behind the Screen, Never the Twain Shall Meet, White Heat, Time the Comedian, An Exchange of Wives, Patsy, Span of Life, The Outsider, The Temptress, The Undying Past, Merry Wives of Gotham.