Fabulous shot of the MGM star roster, with Katharine Hepburn and Greer Garson sitting on either side of Louis B. Mayer. (Trust Kate to be in casual trousers). Hedy Lamarr is looking very glamorous as she lounges back in her chair.
Celebrating 25 years of MGM in 1949, I can identify most of the players, though some are still a mystery. I’m not sure who the lady to the left of John Hodiak, (second top row).And the lady,second top row,far left – wearing a fur stole over her shoulder.
Walter Pidgeon looks as though he’s dressed for That Forsyte Woman. I love Fay Bainter’s headgear, and Marjorie Main’s rose. Dame May Whitty and Lewis Stone seem to be looking at another camera.
The two redheads stand out- Lucille Ball and Greer Garson.
The positioning of the performers show the bigger stars in front few rows and the supporting players to the back.
I know it’s possible to find the list of perfomers online, but it’s fun trying to figure it out yourself .
This second photo from the same time doesn’t look nearly as good in B&W, but has a slightly different line-up . In this picture, the stars are sitting alphabetically,except for Lionel Barrymore who may have needed that front row spot due to infirmity.
Flynn and Gable don’t look too friendly. Katharine Hepburn and Jennifer Jones seem to be looking at two other photographers.
Tracy looks bored. Judy’s in this one.And Jeanette MacDonald (coming to the end of her MGM career).
And instead of Mr Mayer, Lassie takes centre stage!
The stars had to sit through a dinner also, while the cameras kept turning.All the stars were introduced to the cameras by George Murphy.
There is footage of the dinner on Youttube.but with no sound except for Mr Mayer’s speech. I’m not sure many of the stars were enjoying their meal, with the cameras whirring away.
Sitting mostly alphabetically,with some exceptions – Fred Astaire is between Judy Garland and Betty Garrett.
I wish the other studios had done something similar.