The MGM Effect

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was one of classic Hollywood’s biggest powerhouses. Churning out many iconic films year after year, MGM boasted some of the best on and off-screen talents of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Far beyond the days of the studio system, MGM remains a major corporate symbol to this day.

While MGM has had significant influence in the film industry, MGM has also been viewed as a leader in world-class resorts, real estate, theme parks, casinos, golf courses, consumer products, and airlines. Billed as the “Mount Rushmore of studios,” MGM’s image had a mystique about its presentation to consumers and its influence in merchandising as well as the performing arts.

Steve Bingen’s The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World is thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated with photographs documenting MGM’s history. Previously, Bingen wrote MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot, which is also an exceptional work detailing MGM and its storied backlot.

Bingen’s fascinating prose and fine research skills are sure to entertain and educate fans of film history, particularly those interested in classic film.


The MGM Effect: How a Hollywood Studio Changed the World is available for purchase via Lyons Press starting on August 15, 2022. It is availalable for pre-order.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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