In 1939, Ben Judell (from Progressive
Pictures) formed Producers Picture Corporation and Producers Distributing.
Judell bought the Grand
National studio when it went bankrupt.
Judell hired Sigmund Neufeld to head the production
and his brother Sam Neufeld as director with the intent to film B-westerns.
By 1940, after only 7 films, Judell found himself deeply
in debt and filed bankrucy.
Sigmund Neufeld took over and changed the name to Producers
Releasing Corporation. Sam did all the directing but to make it look like
PRC was larger, Sam sometimes used the pseudonyms Sherman Scott and Peter
Neufeld still struggled so he sold the
studio to American Pathe who put Henry Briggs as President. Pathe also
sent in Leon Fromkess and George Batcheller as assistants but there were
immediate problems with the structure that Pathe had put in place.
Briggs and Fromkess soon resigned due
to management disputes with Pathe leaving Batcheller at the helm. PRC
primarily produced low budget westerns with stars like Buster Crabbe,
Bob Steele. PRC flourished during the war years but right after the war,
the public taste changed and the European market closed to American films
so PRC was quickly in trouble again.
PRC Studio offices in 1942 on
Santa Monica Blvd.
In 1947, Producers was acquired by J.
Arthur Rank's Eagle Lion Distributors in the UK to form their US production
and distribution arm called Eagle-Lion
PRC HAS BEEN REVIVED!!
C. S. Lamb, a movie producer, has
bought up the logos and rights to Monogram, PRC, AIP and several other
b-movie studios and has started reviving them. They plan to re-release
some of the old GEMS as well as produce new b-movies... For more information
you can go their website.
We applaud Mr. Lamb and hope he succeeds.