Hollywood Studio Magazine (November 1972)

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TOP LAST IN A LONG LINE - Director James Goldstone has the distinction of being the last of hundreds of movie directors who worked on Lot 2 at MGM. He made the final scenes ever done on this acreage while directing “They Only Kill Theii Masters.” BOTTOM LOT 2 IN 1972— The Company filming "They Only Kill Their Masters" shoots a scene in front of the famous Hardy Family House on Carvel Street, Lot 2, MGM. It was the last film ever made on this vast acreage of colorful settings. The great nostalgia - eater has been gobbling again By Teet Carle t Hollywood’s most-effective disposal plant has been in full Operation once more. This gigantic, figurative machine roves periodically through the movie Capital gobbling up and masticating nostalgia. Today’s film moguls have made it clear that they are not in the business of peddling memories. Nostalgia is unmarketable, but it sure goes down the gullets swiftly once a Company decides to get rid of acres of colorful movie sets by turning loose a drove of bulldozers and dump trucks. At the moment, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer’s fabulous Lot 2 is going the way taken earlier by the same studio’s Lot 3 and by half of the once wonderland of standing sets at 20th Century-Fox. High-rise buildings and expansive shopping areas have a way of artfully and efficiently replacing make-believe streets and villages once used for the fluffy purpose ol transferring dreams to celluloid. For the past couple of years. MGM’s Lot 2 was left to fade away. Tarzan’s river dried up. Trees and shrubs withered. Paint flaked off Verona Square. Dust coated an ephemeral world. Weeds stabbed upward through cracks in sidewalks and pavement once sauntered upon by the likes of Greta Garbo, Helen Hayes, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Greer Garson, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and John Way ne. Only sad songs resound where music once set in action the dancing feet of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Buddy Ebsen and Ray Böiger. And where melodies flowed from Jeannette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson, Lawrence Tibbett, Judy Garland, Howard Keel, Allan Jones, Jane Powell and even Groucho Marx. Lot 2 had become passe in the world of modern movie-making. Its sole use was to house a flock of colorful ghosts of past award-winning roles and stories. Then, marking a final gasp at ringing down the curtain on another Hollywood landmark, the most famous Street on any movie back lot was put to use. The last picture ever to be made on these 82 acres utilized the Hardy Family Street to record scenes for “They Only Kill Their Masters.” The movie wrote “finis” on the site 6