In the published bibliography for MGM HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST BACKOT we explained that accounting for all the sources consulted in the volume’s preparation would be impossible due to limitations of time and space. It was therefore promised that a more complete accounting would be forthcoming on our website.

While the bibliography that follows is considerably more comprehensive than the published version, there may still be omissions. So the authors would like to thank all the publications, organization and individuals listed below, and apologize for the inadvertent omission of anyone else.


Affron, Charles. Sets in Motion: Art Direction and Film Narrative, New Brunswick, NJ: Rogers University Press, 1995

Albrecht, Donald. Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies. New York; Harper Row, 1986

Allyson, June. June Allyson, Berkeley: Berkeley Press, 1983

Altman, Diana. Hollywood East: Louis B. Mayer and the Origins of the Studio System. New York: Birch Lane Press, 1992

Alyesworth, Thomas G. The Best of MGM, New York: Gallery Books, 1986.

Astaire, Fred. Steps in Time. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1959.

Bugliosi, Vincent, and Gentry, Curt. Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1974

Barhenberg, Bruce. The Creation of Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong. New York: Pocket Books, 1976

Barbara, Joseph. Joe Barbara: My Life in Pictures. Atlanta: Turner Publishing, 1994

Barrymore, Lionel, as told to Cameron Shipp. We Barrymores, New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1951

Barsacq, Leon. Caligari’s Cabinet and other Grand Illusions: A History of Film Design, New York: Signet, 1976

Bart, Peter. Fade Out. New York: Harper Collins, 1990

Berg, A Scott. Goldwyn: A Biography, New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.

Bergman, Ingrid. Ingrid Bergman: My Story, New York: Warner Books, 1995

Boller, Paul F. Jr., and Davis, Ronald. Hollywood Anecdotes, New York: Ballentine Books, 1987

Bonanno, Margaret Wander. Angela Lansbury. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987.

Bradbury, Ray, The Golden Apples of the Sun. New York: Avon Books, 1990

Bowser, Eileen. The Transformation of Cinema 1907-1975. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1990.

Brown, Gene. Buttered Popcorn, New York: MacMillan, 1995

Carey, Gary. All The Stars In Heaven: Louis B. Mayer’s MGM. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981.

Cerra, Julie Lugo. Culver City, The Heart of Screenland, Second edition, Culver City, CA: Culver City Chamber of Commerce, 2000

Images of America, Culver City, Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2004

Cooke, David C. Behind the Scenes in Motion Pictures. New York: Dodd Mead and Company, 1960

Crowther, Bosley. The Lion’s Share: The story of an Entertainment Empire, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1957

Dardis, Tom. Some Time in the Sun: New York: Charles Schribner’s Sons, 1976

Davies, Marion. The Times We Had: Life with William Randolph Hearst, New York: Ballentine Books, 1985

Davis, Ronald L. The Glamour Factory, Dallas, TX: Southern Methodist University Press, 1993

Day, Beth. This Was Hollywood: An Affectionate History of Filmland’s Golden Years. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1960

Dell, Susan. The Films of Elvis Presley. Lincolnwood, Ill: Producer’s International Limited, 1991.

Eames, John Douglas. The MGM Story. New York: Portland House, 1990

Eyman, Scott. Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005

Finch, Christopher, and Rosenkrantz, Linda. Gone Hollywood, Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, Ind., 1979

Finler, Joel W. The Hollywood Story. New York: Crown Publishers, 1988

Fishgall, Gary. Pieces of Time: The Life of James Stewart. New York: Schribner, 1997

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Loves of The Last Tycoon, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1941

Friedrich, Otto. City of Nets, New York: Harper and Row, 1986

Fuchs, Daniel. The Golden West. New York: Black Sparrow, 2005

Flamini, Ronald. Thalberg: The Last Tycoon and the World of MGM. New York: Random House, 1994

Floherty, John J. Moviemakers. New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1935

Fordin, Hugh. The World of Entertainment! Hollywood’s Greatest Musicals. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1975.

Gabler, Neal. An Empire of their Own: How The Jews Invented Hollywood. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1989

Gillespie, A Arnold. Forty-Two Disastrous Years at MGM. (unpublished, manuscript made available by the author’s family)

Gordon, Lester. Let’s Go to the Movies! Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press, 1992

Grams, Martin Jr.; The Twilight Zone: Unlocking The Door To A Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing LLC, 2008

Griffin, Nancy, and Kim Masters. Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996

Guilaroff, Sydney. Crowning Glory; Reflections of Hollywood’s Favorite Confidant, Sydney General Publishing Group, Inc., 1996.

Harmetz, Aljean. The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie Magic and Studio Power in the Prime of MGM, New York: Hyperion, 1998

Hepburn, Katherine. Me; Stories of My Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992

Higham, Charles. Merchant of Dreams: Louis B. Mayer and the Secret Hollywood. New York: Dutton Books, 1993

Hamner, Earl, and Giffin, Ralph. Goodnight John-Boy. Nashville: Cumberland House, 2002

Hampton, Benjamin B. A History of the American Film Industry From its Beginnings to 1931 (formally titled: A History of the Movies). New York: Dove Publications Inc, 1970.

Harris, Warren G. Lucy and Desi: The Legendary Love Story of Television’s Most Famous Couple. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991

Haver, Ronald. David O. Selznick’s Hollywood. New York: Alfred A, Knopf Inc, 1980

Hay, Peter. MGM: When the Lion Roars. Atlanta, GA: Turner Publishing Company, 1991

Hecht, Ben. A Child of the Century. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954

Heisner, Beverly. Hollywood Art: Art Direction in the Days of the Great Studios. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1990

Heitland, John. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Book: The Behind the Scenes Story of a Television Classic, St Martin’s Griffin, New York, 1987

Heston, Charlton. The Actor’s Life: Journals 1956-1976, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1976

Higham, Charles. Merchant of Dreams: Louis B. Mayer, MGM, and the Secret Hollywood, New York: Dutton Books, 1993

Isherwood, Christopher. Prater Violet, New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1945

Kawin, Bruce. Faulkner’s MGM Screenplays, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1982

Knox, Donald. The Magic Factory: How MGM Made An American In Paris, New York: Praeger Publishers, 1973.

Kotsilibas-Davis, James. Myrna Loy Being ands Becoming, New York: Donald L. Fine 1998.

Kobal, John, Hollywood. The Years of Innocence. New York: Abbvelle Press, 1985.

Lamarr, Hedy. Ecstasy and Me, My life as a Woman, New York: Fawcett Publications, 1967

Lamparski, Richard. Whatever Became of…? Fourth Series. New York: Bantam Books, 1975

Leigh, Janet. There Really was a Hollywood, New York Doubleday, 1984

LeRoy, Mervyn, and Kleiner,Dick. Mervyn LeRoy: Take One. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974

Lescarbura, Austin C. Behind the Motion Picture Screen, New York: Scientific American Publishing Company, Munn & Company, 1919

Lloyd, Ann, and Fuller, Graham, Consultant Editor: Arnold Desser. The Illustrated Who’s Who of the Cinema. New York: MacMillian Publishing Co., Inc., 1983

MacCann, Richard Dyer. The First Film-Makers. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1989

Maltin, Leonard. Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide, New York: Signet Press, 2010

Hollywood The Movie Factory, New York: Popular Library, 1976

Mandelbaum, Howard. Screen Deco. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985

and Meyers, Eric: Forties Screen style. St Martin’s Press, 1990

Mank, Gregory William, Heard, Charles, Nelson Bill. Hollywood’s Hellfire Club: The Misadventures of John Barrymore, WC Fields, Errol Flynn and the “Bundy Drive Boys;” Los Angeles, CA: Feral House, 2007

Marx, Samuel. Mayer and Thalberg: The Make Believe Saints, New York: Random House, 1975

Mayer Selznick, Irene. A Private View. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1983.

Minnelli, Vincente: and Arce, Hector. I remember it Well, Hollywood: Samuel French 1990

Morley, Sheridan, and Leon, Ruth. Gene Kelly: A Celebration. London: Pavilion Books, 1996.

Newquist, Roy. Conversations With Joan Crawford, Berkeley: Berkeley Press, 1981

Parish James Robert, and Bowers, Ronald L. The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era Arlington House (1973)

Penninston, Lucinda W., and Baker, William K. A Past to Remember: The History of Culver City. Culver City, CA: Published by the City of Culver City, 1976.

Powell, Jane. The Girl Next Door, New York: Wm Morrow and Company, 1988.

Ramerez, Juan Antonio. Architecture for the Screen: A Critical Study of set Design in Hollywood’s Golden Age , Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1986

Rapf, Maurice. Backlot: Growing Up With The Movies, Langham, MD: Scarecrow Press. 1999.

Reynolds, Debbie. My Life, New York: William Morrow, 1988

Robertson, Patrick. Film Facts, New York: Billboard Books, 2001.

Rooney, Mickey. Life is Too Short, New York: Villard, 1991

Sanders, James. Celluloid Skyline: New York and The Movies, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001

Sennett, Robert J. Setting the Scene, The Great Hollywood Art Director. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994

Schatz, Thomas. The Genus of The System. New York: Pantheon Books, 1988

Old Hollywood/New Hollywood: Ritual Art and Industry, Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press. 1976

Schickel, Richard. Clint Eastwood: A Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996

Schulberg, Bud. What Makes Sammy Run? New York: Random House. 1941

Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2003

Selznick, Irene Mayer. A Private View, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983

Sennett, Robert S. Setting the Scene: The Great Hollywood Art Directors. New York: Harry N. Abrams. 1994

Skall, David J, and Savada, Elias. Dark Carnival: the Secret World of Tod Browning: Hollywood’s Master of the Macabre. New York: Anchor Books, 1995

Slide, Anthony. The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1998

Spada, James. The Secret Life of a Princess: An intimate Biography of Grace Kelly. New York: Doubleday. 1987

Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept The Secrets, New York: Bantam Books, 1991.

Stachell, Tim. Astaire: The Biography, London: Hutchinson Publishing Group, 1987.

Thalberg: Life and Legend. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1969

Thomas, Rhys. The Ruby Slippers of Oz, Los Angeles: Tale Weaver Publishing, 1989

Thompson, David. Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick, New York: Knopf, 1992

Torgerson, Dial. Kerkorian: An American Success Story, New York: The Dial Press, 1974.

Troyan, Michael. A Rose For Mrs. Miniver, The Life of Greer Garson. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1999

Turner, George E. (editor). The Cinema of Adventure, Romance and Terror. Hollywood: The ASC Press, 1989

Turner, Lana. Lana: The Lady, The Legend, The Truth, New York: Dutton, 1982

Watts. Stephen. Behind the Screen: How Films are Made. New York: Dodge Publishing Company (undated)

West, Nathaniel. The Day of the Locust, New York: New Directions, 1939

Williams, Esther. Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography, New York: Harvest Books, 2000

Winchester, Clarence (editor). The World Encyclopedia of Film, London: The Amalgamated Press, 1933

Yoch , James J. Landscaping the American Dream: The Gardens and Film Sets of Florence Yoch. New York: Abrams/Sagapress, 1990.

Zicree, Mark Scott. The Twilight Zone Companion. New York: Bantam Books, 1982


Adler, Dick. “MGM and TV—The Lion Lives,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 6, 1973

Bannon, Anne Louise. “The Studio System, Then and Now,” Ross Reports TV/Film, January, 1999.

Baron, Frank and Margie. “Backlots: Everything you need in one Place,” Production Update on Location, May, 2003

Bart, Peter. “Captain Kirk Shows He’s Still Got Game,” Daily Variety, Sept. 20, 2004

“Captain Kirk’s Aborted Takeoff,” Daily Variety, April 25, 200

Belhmer, Rudy. “To the Wilderness for Northwest Passage,” American Cinematographer, Nov. 1987.

“Oral History with J.J. (Joe) Cohn,” 1987

Bastajian, Lee. “Studio That Fun Built soon to Be a Memory,” Los Angeles Times, July 28, 1963

Beber, Lori, “Going to the Source: MGM/UA Research Library,” MGM/UA Exclusive Story,” Vol. 1, No. 2, April-May, 1983.

Boyer, Peter J., and Pollock, Dale. “MGM/UA and the Big Debt,” Los Angeles Times, March 28, 1982

Buhrman, Robert. “MGM: The Lion in Winter,” Los Angeles, February, 1969

Burbank, Jeff. “MGM/UA vacates Historic Lot in Culver City,” Los Angeles Times, November 27, 1980

Byrne, Julie. “Visions of Prom Dresses dance in her head,” Los Angeles Times, May 5, 1966

Caufield, Deborah.“MGM/UA Sells A Library to Ease Debt Load,” Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1982

Champlin, Charles. “Bye Bye Backlots,” Los Angeles Times West Magazine, October, 18, 1970

“That’s a Wrap: End of MGM/UA That Was,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 20, 1990

Cieply, Michael. “Sony Silent on Plans for Columbia Pictures Lot,” Los Angeles Times, February 23, 1990

Comer, Brooke. “Backlots,” Production Update on Location, May, 2002.

Corliss, Mary, and Clarens, Carlos. “Designed for Film,” Film Comment, May/June, 1978

Crist, Kennetn. “Indoor Ocean,” Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, March 17, 1940

“Culver Planners to Discuss Limits on Multiple Units,” Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1973

Dallos, Robert E. “Aubrey Plans Shift of MGM Corporate Base to Culver City,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 13, 1969.

“Day the Dream Factory woke up, The,” Life, Feb., 27, 1970

Delugah, Al. “Urbanetics Petitions for Bankruptcy Protection,” Los Angeles Times, Jan.16, 1974

Devere, Bill. “MGM Move Vital for Culver City,” Culver City Independent, Feb. 2, 1961

“MGM Land Use Crucial to Culver City,” Culver City Independent, May 18, 1967

Diorio, Carl. “Century City New Lion Lair,” Daily Variety, Dec. 1, 2000.

Downing-Olson, Robert. “Act of Vandalism,” Los Angeles Times, March 8, 1978.

Dreyfuss, John. “MGM Buys Tract at Thousand Oaks,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 30, 1967.

Edwards, Bill. “Levitt and Sons Outlines Plan for $60 Mil Housing spread on MGM backlot,” Variety, August 11, 1971

Edwards, Henry. “Inventing a Plot for Sgt. Pepper,” New York Times, July 15, 1978.

Edwards, Nadine. “MGM to Return to Former Glory,” Citizen News, June 6, 1970.

Eller, Claudia. “MGM Deal a Bold Miscalculation for Sony,” Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2006.

“A Mogul Returns to Finish What He Started,” Los Angeles Times, March, 2007.

Erengis, George P. “MGM’s Backlot,” Films in Review, January, 1962

“20th’s Backlot,” Films in Review, April, 1962

“Cedric Gibbons,” Films in Review, April, 1965

Eustis, Morton. “Designing For The Movies: Gibbons of MGM,” Theatre Arts Monthly, October, 1937

Faris, Gerald. “Move Biz Will Never Be the Same,” Los Angeles Times, March 14, 1974

“Culver Moves to Establish Movie Museum,” Los Angeles Times, April 7, 1977

Filler, Martin. “Projected Fantasies,” House and Garden, Sept., 1986

“Fiery French Designer off MGM Lot,” Variety, Nov. 11, 1925

Fleischer, Richard O. “They Live in A Magic City,” TW, October 27, 1946

Fleming, Charles. “The Predator,” Vanity Fair, Feb. 1996.

Fontaninf, Steve (photo). “Fish Rescue,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 21,1971

Forman, Liza. “Deal Done: The Lion Sleeps,” The Hollywood Reporter, April 11, 2005.

Fox, David J. “What We Have Here is a Woman Ready for the 90’s,” Los Angeles Times, March 8, 1992

Fraser, Jill Andresky. “What’s in a Symbol? Not the Statue of Liberty,” New York Times, Jan. 17, 1993

Freeman, Everett. “Leo’s Rib Ticklers,” Los Angeles, October, 1983.

Friendly, David T. “Leo Roars His Last at the old MGM Stand,” Los Angeles Times, November 13, 1986

Fritz, Ben, and Learmonth, Michael. “Sony Ponies Up For Lion,” Daily Variety, Sept. 14, 2004.

“Lion Back on The Prowl,” Daily Variety, May 21, 2000

Gajewski, John. “Windy City Wanabe,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 7, 2005

Gibbons, Cedric. “Art Direction By Cedric Gibbons,” What’s Happening in Hollywood: Weekly News of Current Pictures, Trends and Production, Feb. 1, 1947.

Gotlieb, Jeff. Los Angeles Herald: “Long-running engagement coming to an end at MGM,” Los Angeles Herald October 9, 1996

Graser, Marc. “’Burbs blossom on H’w’d backlots,” Daily Variety, July 25, 2004.

“Leo’s Big Fadeout,” Daily Variety, Sept. 15, 2004.

Green, Terence M.. “Raintree Townhouses Form Oasis,” Los Angeles Times, August 6, 1972

Grove, Christopher. “No Place Like Home,” Daily Variety, Oct. 2, 1998

Gottlieb, Jeff. “Long Running Engagement Coming to an End at MGM,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9, 1986

Gottschalk, Earl C., Jr. “The Hatchet Man: How Aubrey is reviving MGM by cutting out the fat and Nostalgia,” Wall Street Journal, October 23, 1970.

Grossman, Andrew. “The Smiling Cobra,” VLife, June/July 2004

Haber, Joyce. James Aubrey Calls it ‘Quits’ at MGM, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 1, 1973.

“A Hollywood Farewell to Beloved Metro,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 18, 1973

Hagberg, Pets, Larsen, Dave. “Fire Destroys Sets at MGM,” Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1967.

Hamilton, Ann Lewis. “A Directors Guild of America Oral History: Eugene Lourie,” 1983

Hamit, Francis. “Backlots are Still the Ideal Location,” Location Update, February, 1997

Hansen, Ken. Library of Today Assumes Changing Role,” Los Angeles Times, January 13, 1994

Harvey, Steve. “Gone With The Wind Home Goes With A Crash,” Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1966.

Hebert, Ray. “Famed Lot 3 Enjoys Final Fling,” Los Angeles Times, Aug. 11, 1971

“Studio Buildings—Gone With The Wind,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 1979.

Hendrix, Kathleen. “I Discovered the Ruby slippers,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 26, 1977.

Hernandez, Greg. “Executive to Depart MGM, UA Move to Sever Link at front Office,” Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 8, 2001

Hubert, J. “Movie Soundstages Exclude Noise and Reduce Resonance,” Building News, February, 1939

Hughes. Emmet John, “M.G.M.: War Among the Lion Tamers,” Fortune Magazine, August, 1957

Kasindorf, Martin. “How Now, Dick Darling,” The New York Times Magazine, Sept 10, 1972

Kaufman, Dave. “150 Acres of MGM Lot for Sale,” Daily Variety, Jan 16, 1970.

Kelly, Kate. “MGM Ends Video Distribution With Sony,” The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2006.

Kiesling, B.C. “Biography – Cedric Gibbons” MGM Studios Biographies; Jan. 22, 1958

King, Andrea. “Columbia in an Expansive Mode,” The Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 1990.

Kleiner, Dick. “Ann Rutherford’s Goodbye to Lot 2” Waco Tribune-herald, Oct. 15, 1972

Klein, Edward. “A Yen For Hollywood,” Vanity Fair, Sept. 1991.

Kline, Steve. “Major Culver City Redevelopment Hinges on Fox Hills Zoning Change,” Los Angeles Times, Jan.1, 1970

“Make-Believe World For Sale,” Los Angeles Times, Feb.19, 1970

Lachenbruch, Jerome. “Art and Architectural Artifice,” The American Architect, November 3, 1920

Laing, A.B. “Designing Motion Picture Sets,” Theatre Arts Monthly, July, 1933

Lardner, James. “Your only Competition is Idiots,” US News and World Report, Dec, 27, 1999

Laschever, Barney. “Universal Opens the ‘Back Lot,” Los Angeles Times, Dec., 20, 1964

Leader, Leonard. “The Plot to Steal Hollywood,” Los Angeles, August, 1983

Lechmen, Don. “World of Fantasy Looses Again,” The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA November 5, 1972

Leiter, Saul. “Hollywood: An Archaeologists View,” Show. Oct., 1961

Loper, Mary Lou. “Gone With The Wind Blows Up Storm for Charity,” Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1967

Lustig, David. “Attic to the Stars,” Los Angeles Times, November 2, 1989

Mandell, Paul. ‘Walking Distance’ From The Twilight Zone,” American Cinematographer, June, 1998

Mathews, Jack. “A Director Recalls Days of MGM Magic,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 21, 1986.

Mauldin, Doug. “Leo the Lion, City Grew Up Together,” Los Angeles Times, April 26, 1964

McClintick, David. “Predator,” Fortune, July 8, 12996.

McFaden, Strauss & Irwin Inc. Public Relations; Press Release: “MGM’s Lot #2: The End of an Era – The Beginning of the New, 1972

McNary, Dave. “H’wood backlot era draws to a close,” Daily Variety, April. 15, 2006.

“MGM Honors Joan Crawford,” Kline, Steve,” Los Angeles Times,
Feb.19, 1970

Monahan, Anthony. “The Lion that Roared, The fist that Rocked, The Strip that Teased,” Midwest Magazine, November 5, 1972

Murphy, A.D. “$20 Million Price Tag on 118 MGM Acres,” Daily Variety, Feb. 5, 1970.

“Old Hollywood: They Lost it at the Movies, The,” Newsweek, Feb. 2, 1970

“One Dies in Studio Crash,” Los Angeles Times, January 11, 1925

“Opening of Cary Grant Theatre,” MGM/UA Exclusive Story,” Vol. 2, No. 5, October-November, 1984.

Ornstein, Bill. “Pink Slipping Begins at MGM” The Hollywood Reporter, November, 18, 1969

Osborne, Robert. “Lion May Be Caged, But Not The MGM Musical,” The Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 21-27, 2004.

Randisi, Steve. “Eye of the Storm,” Filmfax, June/July 1994

Reed, Rex. “A Star Bids Farewell to the MGM Backlot,” Southland, Dec. 10, 1972.

Reeder, Dan “Culver City’s tall Tower Looms as Monument to Movie Days,” The Daily Breeze, April 5, 1978

Riggan, Bryon. “Damn the Crocodiles - Keep The Cameras Rolling!,” American Heritage, June, 1968.

Ripton, Ray. “Unresolved Issue of MGM Lot 2 Use Again Goes Back to Drawing Board,” Los Angeles Times, Jan.16, 1977

Robertson, Ed. “Run For Your Life,” Television Chronicles, Jan., 1998

Robinson, Robert. “The Insubstantial Pageant,” The Sunday Times Colour Magazine, December 15, 1963

Rose, Frank. “The Dream Factories Reborn.” Fortune, February 16, 1998

Ryon, Ruth. “Pasadena Home Copies Mansion of Famous Film,” Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1978

“1st Tour of Former MGM Studio,” Los Angeles Times, March 1, 1987

Sample, Herbert A. “Culver City Sculpture Recalls Movie Days,” Los Angeles Times, June 12, 1981.

Sanders, James. “Street Smart: Hollywood’s back-lots create a New York City That Endures,” San Diego Union Tribune, March 14, 2004.

Schulberg, Budd. “How Are Things in Panicsville?,” Life, December, 28, 1963

_____________. “Lion of Hollywood, Louis B. Mayer” Time, Dec. 7, 1998

Sher, Jack, and Berg, Louis. “The Wolf At Hollywood’s Door,” This Week, February 29, 1948

Sheehan, Robert. “The Cliff-Hanger at M.G.M.,” Fortune Magazine, Oct., 1957

Scheuer, Philip K. “MGM at 30, finds Everything Changed, and Yet It’s Not,” Los Angeles Times, January 31, 1954

Slahor, Stephanie. “A New Look at Hogan’s Alley,” Law and Order, March, 1992.

Smith, Carl. “A Phantom With A Realistic Look,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 12, 1974.

“Sound-Proof Studios for the Talkies,” The Literary Digest, Jan. 12, 1929

“Sound Stages of Hollywood hum with work on movies for 1938,” Life, December 27, 1937

Stead, Ronald. “Movies Puzzle Role: TV—Or Not TV?,” The Christian Science Monitor August 8, 1950.

Stein, Mark. “Movie Studios Boom Again in a Different Kind of Heyday,” Los Angeles Times, Feb.29, 1979

Stenn, David. “It Happened One Night…At MGM,” Vanity Fair, April, 2003

Stingley, Jim. “A Profile of another Hollywood,” Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1975

Taitz, Emanuel. “Studios and Stages,” On Location, May/June, 1978

Thompson, David. “The Lion That Will Roar No More,” Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2005

Torgerson, Dial. “Props Become Stars in MGM ‘Spectacular,” Los Angeles Times, May 4, 1970.

Turpin, Dick. “MGM Land Use Studied,” Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1968

Tusher, Will. “CPE Maps out Studio Makeover,” Daily Variety, Aug. 13, 1990.

Veiller, Bayard, and Natale, Richard. “Uncle Herb’s Magic Kingdom,” Los Angeles, Nov., 1989

Wanamaker, Marc. “Historic Hollywood Movie Studios, Parts 1-3,” American Cinematographer, March, April and May, 1976

Warga, Wayne. “Howard Strickling has Haunting Memories of MGM,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 9, 1969.

Webb, Michael. “Cedric Gibbons and the MGM Style,” Architectural Digest, April, 1990

Welkos, Robert W. “Frankly My Dear, It’s All Gone,” Los Angeles Times, January 13, 1994

Williams, Whitney. “Fading Ghosts of Filmdom’s Glory Days soon to be Housing Site” Variety, Aug. 25, 1972

Whitaker, Alma. “Sets for ‘Grand Hotel’ ‘Act’ out Film’s Mood,” Los Angeles Times, May 22, 1932.

Wuttken, Burt. “Gigantic Face Lifting of Culver City Envisioned,” Los Angeles Times, 1967

Yarbrough, Tinsley. “Western Clippings: Special Limited Edition: Those Great B-Western Locations,” May, 1998

Yonay, Ehud. “The Lion Sells Out,” Westways, August, 1970


Brooks, Mel. “commentary” B000G6BLWE. ”Young Frankenstein. Brooks, Mel (dir). Los Angeles, CA: Fox Home Video, 1974

Cooks, Jay. “commentary” B00003CXB1. The Last Waltz. Scorsese, Martin (dir). Los Angeles, CA: MGM Home Video, 1978

Donan, Stanley. “commentary” B0006DEF9. Singin’ in the Rain. Donan, Stanley, Stanley, Kelly, Gene (dir). Los Angeles: Warner Home Video, 1992

Keel, Howard. “interview” B0002OXVDW. That’s Entertainment! III: Behind the Screen (located on That’s Entertainment! The Complete Collection). Engel, David.(dir). Los Angeles, CA: Warner Home Video, 1994

Lumet, Sydney. “commentary” B000CNESU8. Network. Lumet, Sydney (dir). Los Angeles, CA: Warner Home Video, 1976

Rush, Richard. “commentary” B000050CK7. The Stunt Man (Limited Edition). Rush, Richard (dir). Troy, MI: Anchor Bay Home Video, 1980

Sydney, George. “commentary” B00005Y71M. The Harvey Girls. Sydney, George (dir). Los Angeles, CA: Warner Home Video, 1946

York, Michael.”commentary” B0013LL2Z2. Logan’s Run. Anderson, Michael (dir).Los Angeles, CA: Warner Home Video, 1976

MGM: When The Lion Roars B001I2EQUO. Martin, Frank (dir). Los Angeles, CA: Warner Home Video, 1980

Hollywood: The Dream Factory B00005JKG7 (located on Meet Me in St. Louis DVD) Rosten, Irwin (dir). Los Angeles, CA: Warner Home Video, 1992

WEBSITES – quoted, consulted or just worthwhile Hollywood’s premiere historical organization A company webpage. A company webpage, but with historic info. Much info on The Twilight Zone series A company webpage Bison Archive site All about Hollywood – the place A great Hollywood-as-place related site Much info on studios and backlots George
Feltenstein interview James C. Christensen bio. The industries main “go-to” site resource for backlotphiles Photographer John Divola’s website Dedicated to preserving The Walt Disney Company during
Roy E. Disney’s sabbatical - with MGM comparisons (now offline) Scott Brogan’s Judy Garland site or Writer/director Paul D. Marks’websites A backlot related discussion site Much info on Combat series Culver City homepage David Gerstner’s writings on Vincente
Minnelli Timothy Sexton’s “Five most Memorable Houses in American Film History” essay J.C. Backings scenic arts Marion Davies related site


Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library, Los Angeles, CA: source for Rudy Belhmer oral history, etc.

Bison Archives, Hollywood, CA: photographic and historic records

California State Nothridge Geography Map Library, Northridge, CA: Includes Sanborn fire insurance maps

UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections, Los Angeles, CA: Includes MGM set plans collection\

USC Cinematic Arts Library, Los Angeles, CA: Louis B. Mayer Study Center materials

Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, Warner Bros. Studio, Burbank CA: photographic and production related records.

 Oral histories (videotaped or audiotaped) conducted by the authors

Walter Seltzer – Producer

Richard Anderson – Actor

Betty Garrett – Actor

George Wallace – Actor

Delmar Watson – Actor

Robert Kinoshita – Art Department

Pierre Jalbert –Actor/Editor

Brainard Miller – Camera Department

John Valasek – Production Accountant

Nancy Richards – Reading Department

Jan Murree – Production Office

Don Jarel – Special Effects Department

Marcel Vercoutere – Special Effects Department

William Tuttle – Make up Department head

Robert Nudelman – Hollywood Preservationist

Additional interviews conducted by the authors

Roger Mayer – Vice President of Administration

Ben Cowitt – Vice President of Rental Facilities

Gary Martin – President of Studio Operations

Ralph Senesky – Director

Roger Corman – Director

Paul D. Marks - Director

John Landis – Director

Daniel Mayer Selznick – Producer

George M. Lehr – Producer

George Clayton Johnson – Screenwriter

Earl Hamner Jr. – Screenwriter

George W. Schenck - Screenwriter

Richard Schickel – Writer/Historian

Marsha Hunt – Actor

Debbie Reynolds – Actor

Fredd Wayne –Actor

Billy Blackburn – Actor

Rod Taylor – Actor

Warren Stevens – Actor

Robert Vaughn – Actor

Chris Soldo – Technician

Deborah Nadoolman – Costumer

Todd Fisher – Administrator

John Divola – Photographer

Randy Knox – Photographer

Eleanor Lyon – Photographer

David L. Friedman – Unit Photographer

David L. Snyder – Production Designer

James C. Christensen – Artist

John Thomas – Architectural Consultant

Robert Lane – Architect

Rudy Behlmer – Historian

George Feltenstein – Film Preservationist

Marc Wanamaker – Hollywood Historian

Leonard Maltin – Film Historian

Kevin Brownlow –Film Historian

Stan Taffel – Historian

Stuart Galbraith IV – Historian

Glenn Erickson – Historian

Bill Nelson – Researcher/Historian

Julie Lugo Cerra – Culver City Historian

Paul Mavis – Historian

Lou Valentino – Archivist