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Paul Adsett
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 - posted March 30, 2007 01:18 PM      Profile for Paul Adsett     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
One of the great sights on the home cinema screen is the roar of the MGM lion heralding another classic film from the greatest studio of all time. A lot of MGM material is available on super 8, but I am sure many people are aware that Leo the lion has had different lion 'actors' over the years. The original Lion was Slats in 1924. He was of course a silent lion, and the mighty roar was not heard until the advent of sound film in 1928. Here are all the lions used by MGM over the years:

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Mike Peckham
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 - posted March 30, 2007 01:23 PM      Profile for Mike Peckham   Email Mike Peckham   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
They must have been from the same acting family; I think I can see a family resemblance between them, but haven't Lions worn their fur differently over the years?

Slats seems to have let his grow long [Big Grin] .

Mike

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Paul Adsett
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 - posted March 30, 2007 01:28 PM      Profile for Paul Adsett     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Mike,
There was actually one other Lion used in the mid-fities, but he only lasted about a year. Apparently MGM Executives thought he looked too playful, so he lost his job real fast! My personal favourite lion is Jackie, possibly because she preceded most of the MGM films from Hollywood's golden age.
The descendants of the original MGM lions now have a home at the MGM Grand Casino in Las vegas.

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted March 30, 2007 02:17 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I like Slats, he looks more rough and tumble.

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Michael De Angelis
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 - posted March 30, 2007 05:54 PM      Profile for Michael De Angelis   Email Michael De Angelis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Has anyone heard the story
that when Leo's eyes turned
green, that was when he was
prepared to kill?

Certainly not a friendly kitty.

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Trevor Adams
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 - posted March 31, 2007 05:25 AM      Profile for Trevor Adams   Author's Homepage   Email Trevor Adams   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
One lion had a sort of "Larry" manecut....or maybe it was a bit like a beatle?Is he the missing one?
(I must learn my lions....)

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