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MGM-British was a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) initially established at Denham Film Studios in 1936. The films produced there were A Yank at Oxford (1938), The Citadel (1938), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Busman's Honeymoon/Haunted Honeymoon (1940).
Production was initially headed by Michael Balcon. However, he left after a single film and was replaced by Victor Saville. After World War II MGM took control of the former Amalgamated Studios site in 1948, between Shenley Road and Elstree Way, in Borehamwood.
Productions made at the MGM-British studios for the parent company include Ivanhoe (1952), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The facilities were hired by other companies and ITC made the Danger Man (1960-61) and The Prisoner (1967) television series there. 2001 has been cited as one of the primary causes behind the closure of the studio because Stanley Kubrick's film occupied more and more of the available studio space - eventually using all of it - for almost two years, thus rendering the facilities massively unprofitable in the long run.
The studio was in operation until 1970, one of the last shows in production being UFO. At that time, the studio operation was merged with the EMI facility (commonly known as Elstree Studios) to become MGM-EMI, an arrangement which only lasted until 1973, and the Borehamwood site site was cleared.
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