Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940

An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each


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About the Book

From the beginning of the sound era until the end of the 1930s, independent movie-making thrived. Many of the independent studios were headquartered in a section of Hollywood called “Poverty Row.” Here the independents made movies on the cheap, usually at rented facilities where shooting was limited to only a few days.
From Allied Pictures Corporation to Willis Kent Production, 55 Poverty Row Studios are given histories in this book. Some of the studios, such as Diversion Pictures and Cresent Pictures, came into existence for the sole purpose of releasing movies by established stars. Others, for example J.D. Kendis, were early exploitation filmmakers under the guise of sex education. The histories include critical commentary on the studio’s output and a filmography of all titles released from 1929 through 1940.

About the Author(s)

Michael R. Pitts has authored or coauthored several dozen books on entertainment. He lives in Chesterfield, Indiana.

Bibliographic Details

Michael R. Pitts
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 542
Bibliographic Info: 98 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2319-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1036-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      vii

Victor Adamson Productions      3

Ajax Pictures      14

Allied Pictures Corporation      19

Ambassador-Conn-Melody Pictures      29

Artclass Pictures      42

Atlantic Pictures Corporation      48

Beacon Pictures      52

Beaumont Pictures      58

Big 4 Film Corporation      62

Biltmore Productions      70

Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises      73

Capital Film Exchange      79

Chesterfield-Invincible      83

Colony Pictures      116

Commodore Pictures Corporation      125

Continental Talking Pictures      131

Crescent Pictures      134

Diversion Pictures      141

Empire Pictures Corporation      146

First Division      153

Freuler Film Associates      158

Ken Goldsmith Productions      162

Hollywood Pictures      167

Robert J. Horner Productions      169

Ideal Pictures Corporation      176

Imperial Distribution Corporation      179

Jack Irwin Productions      192

J.D. Kendis      195

Willis Kent Productions      203

Liberty Pictures Corporation      215

Majestic Pictures Corporation      222

Mayfair Pictures Corporation      238

Metropolitan Pictures      254

Oscar Micheaux Pictures      261

Peerless Pictures      268

Bud Pollard Productions      272

Principal Distributing Corporation      277

Progressive Pictures      286

Puritan Pictures Corporation      291

Regal Distributing Corporation      300

Reliable Pictures Corporation      305

Resolute Pictures      321

Road Show Attractions      324

Fanchon Royer      329

Showmen’s Pictures      334

Sono Art-World Wide Pictures      339

Spectrum Pictures      358

Stage and Screen Productions      368

Superior Talking Pictures Corporation      374

Supreme Pictures Corporation      378

Syndicate Film Exchange      392

Tiffany Productions      405

Times Exchange      429

Tower Productions      433

Victory Pictures Corporation      438

Index      451

Book Reviews & Awards

“a useful source for a little-known subtopic of film history”—Choice; “much useful information that cannot be found elsewhere”—Film Quarterly; “superb…handsome tome…monumental…amazing”—Wrangler’s Roost; “Pitts is clearly an expert in this field”—ARBA; “fills an important gap…valuable”—Past Times; “a solid work…recommended”—Classic Images; “hard to put down…. Lots of never before seen pictures”—Serial Report; “fascinating…a rich eighty-page index makes this reference work a handy tome”—Screen; “a must have reference book!”—Trail Dust; “an amazing job”—Cliffhanger; “excellent”—Westerns & Serials; “monumental”—Under Western Skies; “illustrations are astounding…a ‘must-have’”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “excellent…superb…heartiest recommendation”—Western Clippings.