In the Shadows: The Tales of MGM’s Fixer, Eddie Mannix

Jack of All Trades

Several of the people who became the first-ever movie moguls were first- or second-generation immigrants. These men rarely finished school and, for the most part, had other businesses that they abandoned because Hollywood was more lucrative than any other industry at the time. So, back then, it wasn’t that strange that a former Jersey carnival worker became MGM’s secret muscle in the studio’s self-sustaining society.

A portrait of Eddie Mannix.

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Mannix’s relationship with the studio’s executives began in the late 1910s. After dropping out of school to provide for his family, Mannix was eventually hired at Palisades Amusement Park. He first worked as a builder and then picked up shifts at the ticket booth before being promoted as the park’s bookkeeper.

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