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A Bit of Movie Lore

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In 1917, studio publicist Howard Dietz designed the “Leo The Lion” logo for Samuel Goldwyn’s Goldwyn Picture Corporation. He based it on the athletic team of his alma mater Columbia University, the Lions. When Goldwyn Pictures merged with Metro Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures, the newly formed MGM retained the logo.

Since then, seven different lions have playing the role of Leo The Lion. The first was Slats, who roared quietly at the openings of MGM’s silent films from 1924 to 1928. The next lion, Jackie, was the first MGM whose roar was heard by the audience. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, White Shadows on the South Seas, directed by W.S. Van Dyke and starring Monte Blue. The film won an Oscar in 1928-29 for Best Cinematography. Slats was also the first lion to appear in Technicolor in 1932.

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Greta Garbo looks none too thrilled to be near the large lion.  For more of the history of the MGM Lion, go to



Model Ben Dahlhaus, photos by Esra Sam

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You are a gorgeous young man, Ben.  Please stop smoking!enhanced-8642-1404919931-8

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