How much did you know about one of the most famous producers of Hollywood’s Golden Age?

Perhaps the biggest hurdle facing a producer at the time was to be equally successful working for a studio — which Hunt Stromberg did at MGM from 1925 to 1941 — and working independently.

That’s our man on the right above posing with Louis B. Mayer, Paulette Goddard and Joan Crawford, the latter profiting mightily from Stromberg’s productions.

Stromberg did both — studio work and freelance — exceptionally well. Here’s are two of his most notable and durable studio progenies below.

The Thin Man (1934) - IMDb
The Great Ziegfeld - Wikipedia

And, this Barbara Stanwyck hit produced post MGM in 1943 by Stromberg’s own production outfit based at RKO.

Lady of Burlesque *** (1943, Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J Edward  Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson) – Classic Movie Review 7498 | Derek  Winnert

Now to the answers to our Hunt Stromberg Quiz.

1) Question: Stromberg’s reputation within Hollywood was such that his name was ranked among an elite circle that comprised Irving Thalberg, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger and Louis B. Mayer. a) True; b) False?

Answer: a) True. Stromberg was the first studio production supervisor to get a “produced by” credit onscreen.

2) Question: Stromberg was best known as the producer of a) all of Jean Harlow’s films; b) Greta Garbo’s first American picture; c) a bevy of Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald operettas; or d) the ‘Thin Man” series with William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Answer: All of the above.

3) Question: Although considered independently wealthy by the Fifties, Stromberg managed to lose a fortune in betting on horse racing. a) True; or b) False.

Answer: b) False. By the time he retired in 1951, Stromberg was wealthy enough to become owner-investor in Santa Anita Park and Hollywood Park — both horse racing venues. In other worlds, he had an ownership interest in the joints.

4) Question: Which of the following did Stromberg NOT produce? a) 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld; b) 1938’s Marie Antoinette; c) 1939’s The Women; or d) 1943’s Lady of Burlesque.

Answer: Sorry, another of our trick questions. Stromberg produced all four pictures.

5) Question: Stromberg early in his career became a protege of which one of the following? a) Thomas Ince; b) Charlie Chaplin; c) Walt Disney; or d) Samuel Goldwyn.

Answer: a) Thomas Ince, the all-purposed silent film producer who excelled at westerns.

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