Roddy McDowall has been acting in movies for 60 years, so it was type-casting of a sort when he was chosen to be a master of ceremonies Tuesday and Wednesday for a program called "Carnegie Hall Celebrates the Glorious MGM Musicals." He has been a friend of most of the names on the roster. "We've been bumping into each other for a long time and happily so," he said.
Stars who will reminisce about musicals of the 1930s and '40s, and introduce film clips will include June Allyson, Leslie Caron, Kathryn Grayson, Van Johnson and Mickey Rooney. Micheal Feinstein will co-host.
"I truly believe that the motion picture is the great American art form," McDowall said. The actor, who is a member of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board, added: "MGM made 230 musicals between 1929 and 1971, and they represent unparalleled accomplishments that can never exist again without the studio system."