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Republic Studios



In 1935, Herbert Yates, the owner of Consolidated Film Laboratories which was a film processing company, decided to go into the film production arena. Yates approached (basically foreclosed on) several film production companies that were heavily in debt to him and created a merger to form Republic Pictures

The studios were Trem Carr and W. Ray Johnston's Monogram Pictures , Paul Malvern's Lone Star Pictures, Nat Levine's Mascot Pictures, M.H. Hoffman's Liberty Films, and Chesterfield-Invincible Pictures.

Monogram was the largest and had a nationwide distribution system while Mascot had a first class studio (previously the Mack Sennett studio).

Johnston was the first president and Levine was made the vice-president. However, Yates did not get along with Johnston so after a very short time, Yates made Levine president.

Within a year, conflicts arose between Johnston and Yates to the point that Johnston pulled out and left Republic, taking Trem Carr and Paul Malvern leaving with him.

With Levine as president, the first films looked very much like a normal Mascot film, cheap and quickly made. They put their first films out in the third quarter of 1935 and Republic was on it's way.

Republic was considered a B-Movie company but as time went by the film quality increased until Republic was good enough to warrant consideration for Academy Awards.

Republic controlled all of the most popular cowboys and became known as the king of serials and westerns.

In 1951, Republic realized that television was on the increase. Republic created a new subsidiary Hollywood Television Service to market Republic films on television. This went well for a few years but soon failed due to poor management.

In 1958, Yates ceased all feature film production and distribution came to a halt in 1959. In the early 1960s, Republic sold its library of films to National Telefilm Associates (NTA). The Republic Studio lot was sold to CBS.

 

Here are the posters for Republic Studios in the Cinema Poster Archive.

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1. Republic Production Logs with production numbers from 1940-1953.

2. Republic Studio Logo History

 


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