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Some of the Best (1944)

Released as part of the studio's 20th anniversary celebration, the film shows highlights of M-G-M's major productions from 1924 through 1943.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lewis Stone ... Himself - Commentator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore - Stephen Ashe in 'A Free Soul' / Otto Kringelein in 'Grand Hotel' / Oliver Jordan in 'Dinner At Eight' / Captain Disko Troop in 'Captains Courageous' (archive footage)
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In a well-appointed den, Lewis Stone hosts a celebration of twenty years of M-G-M's best films. He summarizes the merger of three studios in 1924 and introduces clips from 26 films in chronological order. The emphasis is on stars and Oscar-winning performances, spectacles, and melodrama. There are also a couple of comedies, three musicals, war pictures, an earthquake, a gushing oil well, and a compilation-ending kiss. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1944 (USA) See more »

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Glimt af de bedste See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great retrospective
22 May 2011 | by rogerdobSee all my reviews

This compilation should be enjoyed within the context of the time it was made. This was made in a time with viewing previously released films was impossible unless the studio wanted to re-release it. There was no videotapes, DVD's, or television to show them. Once a movie was exhibited, that was about that...probably never to be seen again. That is why this film is historically interesting. It must have been thrilling to audiences then to relive those great moments that they only remembered.

It is also interesting to note what films that they considered were worthy of remembering, which is quite different from todays thoughts on what films are worth remembering. For example, no one talks about "Min and Bill" anymore and is barely mentioned when discussing "Film Classics". However I do remember my parents talking lovingly about that movie and "Some of the Best" considered it also worthy enough to showcase it. And after seeing that clip from "Min and Bill" I plan on watching it soon...fortunately I can rent it whenever I want!


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