Harriet Lake

According to George Hurrell, when young players were being considered at MGM, they were first sent to the studio portrait gallery to sit for portraits, which served as their initial screen test.  Hurrell would make beautiful 11 x 14 or 10 x 13 prints that were sent directly to the studio head.   If the studio boss liked what he saw in the photos, then the photos were sent out to the magazines.  Depending upon the ‘fan mail’ response, the actor would get a screen test. So, how someone photographed was vital to whether he or she would even be given a cinematic screen test.