QUESTION: Who was running MGM in 1938, when Sweethearts was released?
A) Louis B. Mayer
B) Marcus Leow
C) Samuel Goldwyn
D) Frans Metro
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was one of the largest and most glamorous film studios in Hollywood during the late-1930's. Sweethearts, a 1938 release, starred two of the most popular singers of the era - Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. It was also the very first film MGM released using the new Technicolor technology that would earn them a special Academy Award the next year, and also prove invaluable the next year with their release of the film The Wizard of Oz. With a screenplay written by famous satirist Dorothy Parker, Sweethearts was a play within a play about a happily married couple who co-star in a popular show in New York and are ready to make the move to Hollywood. Desperate coworkers sabotage their relationship to keep them on the east coast and wackiness ensues. The movie was a critical success, winning Oscars for Best Sound Recording and Best Music, Scoring, and a modest financial success.
The soundtrack, performed by the two popular operatic singers, has also left its mark. The double album includes a number of popular hits by McDonald and Eddy, including "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Along the Highway," "Waiting for You," "Indian Love Call," and "Italian Street Song." Twenty-three songs all together. It should be noted that, if you find this record on eBay (it has not been converted into compact disc and likely won't be at this point), you will find that it is not a comprehensive soundtrack to the film, although some does appear.
ANSWER: B) Marcus Leow. We hope you knew the answer to this one, since it was revealed in one of our blogs not very long ago....