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November 6, 2014

Incredible Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of the MGM Lion Logos

Leo the Lion is the mascot for the Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and one of its predecessors, Goldwyn Pictures, featured in the studio's production logo, which was created by the Paramount Studios art director Lionel S. Reiss.

Since 1924, there have been around seven different lions used for the MGM logo; these lions include Tanner and Leo, the current (and seventh) lion. Tanner was used on all Technicolor films and MGM cartoons (including the Tom and Jerry series), and in use on the studio logo for 22 years (Leo has been in use since 1957, a total of 57 years and counting).

Here are some of incredible behind the scenes photos of MGM's lions at work:

Slats MGM publcity shot, circa 1920s.

Slats, the original “Leo” filming the logo sequence in 1924.

Jackie, aka "Leo," in a Ryan Brougham airplane modified to take him on a transcontinental flight in 1927. Photo courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum Flickr Stream.

Recording Jackie's roar, 1929.

Alfred Hitchcock and Leo in 1958. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull.

Greta Garbo cautiously posing with Jackie.

Jackie and trainer (probably Volney Phifer).

(via Neatorama)


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  4. These are so bittersweet...Looking at this innocent dear girl and her family and knowing how their lives were cut so brutally short....people should never forget this tragedy!

  5. So sad to see child knowing her fate....she looks like a sweet little girl with a loving family. Sad....




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