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Mervyn LeBoy

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    At the beginning of The Bears Tale (Avery, 1940), a list of credits appears, indicating that Goldilocks appears through the courtesy of The Mervyn LeBoy Productions.

    Aside from being a reference to the typical studio practice of the day of loaning stars to other studios, the reference made here is to Mervyn LeRoy (1900-1987), a long-time figure at Warner Brothers and son in law of Harry Warner. LeRoy directed a number of big films in the early thirties, including Little Caesar, I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, and the Busby Berkely musical Gold Diggers of 1933. He moved to MGM in 1938, where he produced The Wizard of Oz.

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