1967 MGM Vault fire

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The 1967 MGM Vault fire was a major fire that erupted on Saturday, May 13, 1967 in Vault #7 at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's film studio in Culver City, California.

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An electrical fire burned the vault and destroyed hundreds of silent films, including A Blind Bargain, The Big City, The Divine Woman and, most famously, London After Midnight pre -1930.[1]

Early talkies such as the Technicolor scenes of The Broadway Melody, Chasing Rainbows, The Rogue Song, the uncut version of the Laurel and Hardy short Blotto, and the silent Our Gang shorts from 1927-1929 were also destroyed in the fire. The early Three Stooges musical short Hello Pop! was widely believed to have been among the casualties, but has turned up in a private collection in Australia, with Warner Bros. (the current rights holder to the majority of the pre-1986 MGM library through Turner Entertainment) currently in the process of restoring the film for a public release.[2]

Also destroyed in the fire were most of the original pre-1951 MGM cartoons, especially the Tom and Jerry and Tex Avery cartoons, leaving only the backup prints of these cartoons.

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