Sunday, February 20, 2011

MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot

Okay, this has nothing to do with Houdini, but it has everything to do with Steven Bingen, the Warner Bros. archivist and Houdini buff who has helped me time and time again in my research, and was the man who discovered the long lost file on RKO 589.

Steve has just released his new book, MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot, a comprehensive look at the legendary and now long gone Culver City backlots that belonged to MGM during the Golden Age. This is a must buy for anyone with an interest in Hollywood history or the inner workings of movies studios. Congrats, Steve!

UPDATE: Check out the official book website here.


  1. Thanks John,

    Trust me, if there had been any way to work Houdini into the text I would have done so. An interst in magic however, does have everything to do with an interest in movies. I bet everyone reading these words, and all magicians, from Melies on, have been movie buffs, or even movie studio buffs. Am I right?

  2. Yes, I think you're right about that. I've just placed my order, btw. Dying to time travel back to the MGM backlot.

  3. May not be Houdini but surely will be an interesting read. I'll order a copy.

  4. This is the book of my dreams. I have a real fascination with studio lots and especially backlots.