The MGM Lion

The MGM Lion

Leo, the trademark of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films, looks less than enthusiastic about his forthcoming leap into the age of the talkies. 14 February 1929 was the date of the recording of his unmistakable roar, which was to open countless millions of evenings at the cinema. Photo from Curious Moments, archive of the century. Das Fotoarchiv, page 62. Copyright photograph: SVT Bild / Das Fotoarchiv. Restoration MGM Movie Logo on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVCxJ1aT24A of which they say in their peculiar English: Uploaded on Jul 17, 2009 – The MGM Logo went through a complete restoration last year (i.e. 2008), every element including the sound was refreshened. This is also the original :14 version that was first used when “Leo” was introduced in 1957. It was later shortened to :10 in the late 50s. The shorter :10 restoration made it’s world debut on the 2008 release of “Quantum Of Solace”.

Capturing the MGM lion's roar, 1929
Capturing the MGM lion’s roar, 1929