Newly formed MGM, 1924. From my grandfather's archives.
Buster Keaton, Hardy Rapst, Irving Thalberg, (Head of Production,) Nick Schende, Natale Talmadge, (Mrs. Buster Keaton.) Louie B. Mayer, Eddie Mannix, (general manager and head of publicity,) Hunt Stomberg, (Producer.)
MGM and its legendary roaring lion logo was formed in April 1924, by theater magnate Marcus Loew, who orchestrated the merger of Metro Pictures Corp., Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions
Metro Pictures had the look, the style and the stars needed to attract a growing audience, but the little studio on Gower Street in Hollywood became too limited to meet it's growing needs. In 1924 Goldwyn Pictures with its valuable studio property in Culver City was purchased and MGM was born. Mayer and my grandfather, Andy Mac Donald, moved Metro's sets together in Andy's truck, to the new lot in Culver City.
My mother Pauline Mac Donald, was born in 1924, the year MGM moved to Culver City. She grew up watching her father, Andy oversee every set built for every picture made at the Studio, including Gone with the With Wind and the Wizard of Oz in 1939. You're going to love this memoir....
Culver City Celebrates it's 100 year Anniversary Sept 26 - Oct 1
Here's the details http://culvercity100.org/