Cinema: Thalberg's Shoes

When slim little Irving Thalberg, production chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, worked himself into the nervous break-down which sooner or later overtakes most cinema executives, Hollywood wondered how MGM would fill the gap. Thaiberg's hand had been in all the pictures which for the last five years have made MGM Hollywood's most successful company. His partner, MGM's dignified Vice President Louis Burt Mayer has, since hiring Thalberg in 1922, concerned himself more with studio finance than production.

Last week while Thalberg was en route to Europe with Mrs. Thalberg (Norma Shearer) to recuperate, MGM's...

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