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MGM LION. Recording Leo the Lions famous roar for MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) Studios

MGM LION. Recording Leo the Lions famous roar for MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) Studios



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MGM LION. Recording Leo the Lions famous roar for MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) Studios

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

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This photograph captures the iconic moment when Leo, the MGM Lion, recorded his famous roar for Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios in 1928. The image transports us back in time to the early days of cinema, when the magic of filmmaking was still a novelty and the roar of Leo became synonymous with the beginning of every MGM movie. Leo, a male African lion, was the official mascot of MGM and graced the opening credits of countless films produced by the studio. But the creation of his iconic roar was no small feat. It took several attempts and the expertise of sound engineer, J.A. Longhini, to capture the perfect roar that would become a trademark of MGM films. The recording session took place at the Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) Studios in New York City. Leo was lured into a recording booth with a female lion and the sound of her roar was used as a trigger to elicit the same roar from Leo. The resulting roar was then layered with various animal sounds and edited to create the final product. This photograph is a testament to the history of filmmaking and the importance of attention to detail in creating a cinematic experience. The image of Leo, with his mane ruffled and his mouth wide open in a fierce roar, is a symbol of the power and excitement that cinema brought to audiences in the late 1920s and beyond. The legacy of Leo and his roar continues to inspire and entertain generations of filmgoers, making this photograph a valuable piece of cinematic history.

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