In the 1940s, it was usual for Hollywood Studios to issue a publication towards the end of each year to show cinema owners what they could expect in the following year.
MGM went one better and produced The Lion’s Roar magazine every two months (sometimes monthly) for exhibitors and studio employees.
Supervised by Howard Dietz, head of publicity, it had at least 100 pages (11”x 14”), with color cover Art and often color pictures inside.
The artist Jacques Kapralik often did the covers.
There were 32 issues and three supplements. One sold on EBay for $140.
Does anyone own one? They are pretty rare.
Regular publication was discontinued in 1947.
Inside pages of the MGM 20th Anniversary issue.
A feature on Madame Curie.
Undercurrent, with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor.
This was labelled as Lucille Ball in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES.
A collection of MGM players serving in the forces.
William Powell, Hedy Lamarr.
A WEEKEND AT THE WALDORF.
Inside color splash for BATHING BEAUTY.