Hollywood Studio Magazine (November 1972)

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where Judge Hardy’s (Lewis Stone) brash, young son, Andy (Mickey Rooney), cast love-sick eyes across the Street at the home where lived his girl friend, Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford). It is fitting that Miss Rutherford be in the film that sounds the funeral march for that magical city of fantasies. She was one of the co-stars of “They Only Kill Their Masters” along with James Garner, June Allyson, Katharine Ross, Harry Guardino, Tom Ewell, Edmond O’Brien and Arthur O’Connell, all of whom have worked at some time in the past on Lot 2. Those who smack their lips in looking back at Great Movies of the past may be interested in realizing what rapidly is following the title of MGM’s biggest box-office success, “Gone With the Wind.” For thirty years, a motorized tram cruised the studio, carrying workers and visitors as far as the southernmost side of Lot 2, from which in 1927, when the lot was laid out, one had an unobstructed view clear to the Pacific Ocean. Lot 2 was always a favorite of any party of sightseers. It is estimated that annually, for a couple of scores of years, more than 30,000 film fans toured there. Among these were presidents, royalty, statesmen and the most famous in any field. Hardy Street, last of the settings used in a movie, ranked with Tarzan’s jungle as the most populär spot to visit. The Hardys first appeared there in 1937 in “A Family Affair,” with Lionel Barrymore as the judge. The Street used was originally built for “Ah Wilderness.” It was redone and continued to expand for 14 Hardy films, the last being made in 1958. For more than a generation, Lot 2 was that proverbial “beehive of activity.” So large were mob scenes for pictures like “Maytime,” “Marie Antoinette,” “David Copperfield,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Green Dolphin Street,” “Edison, the Man,” “Easter Parade,” “For Me and My Gal,” “Singin’ In the Rain,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “The Firefly” that make-up and wardrobe technicians often reported for work at 4 a.m. in order to ready atmosphere people for nine o’clock “first takes.” The studio even built a second cafe just within the gates to Lot 2 so that workers and extras could be fed without having to be transported a mile or more to the main commissary. Magical City of Fantasy THE FINAL SCENE — This scene on a small town Street on Lot 2 at MGM was the last one ever made on this acreage. It shows James Garner in action for “They Only Kill Their Masters.” 7