MGM: Ideology and Style of Hollywood Studio

MGM, like other Hollywood studios, had its own distinct identity, political ideology, moral economy, and artistic style.

This may explain why whether headed by Louis B. Mayer and then Dore Schary, most of MGM movies (not just musicals) were brighter, sunnier, and more upbeat, celebrating the an idealized status quo, based on dominant culture and fixed  moral values that emphasized the positive tenets of the American Dream.

No wonder MGM had exemplified the label of Hollywood as “the Dream Factory,” often serving as a cultural ambassador.