MONOGRAM IN PICTURES

Great ads which virtually show the history of Monogram.

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Monogram tried the classics.

 

 

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Kay Francis joined Monogram to produce her own films. Monogram  were  glad to get her.

 

 

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28 all-talking, all-action pictures……Every Monogram picture will be an Action picture!

 

 

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Series pictures were popular,  especially when  the subject matter was well known to the public.

 

 

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At least Monogram films got reviewed in the big papers like the Hollywood Reporter.

 

 

 

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A full hour of entertainment!

 

 

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Love that name – Gustav Von Seyffertitz! (A German actor who came to Hollywood in the  1920’s. He was active in silents and then in talkies   – Queen  Christina,Shanghai Express. )

 

 

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This is one I’d like to see. A King Brothers  production, released by Monogram.

 

 

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The LIVE WIRES ad mentions Mike Mazurki being in Murder My Sweet.

LIVE WIRES was an early Phil Karlson film.

 

 

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Monogram didn’t know that DECOY would live on long after the company folded.

 

 

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Can’t  see Warners or MGM describing themselves as “The House of He- Man Hits!”

 

 

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Yet again, Monogram uses a classic character of fiction  well known to the public.

 

 

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I expect Monogram spent a little extra on this film – in a build up for their new star,  Belita.

 

 

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Million-dollar productions indeed. Director Roy Del Ruth set up his own production company. Monogram was the distributor.  Two of his films were The Babe Ruth Story and George Raft’s Red Light.

 

 

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks,John. Isn’t it great that movie going was so popular before television that little studios like Monogram could thrive alongside the big studios.

  2. Some random thoughts…

    1. First of all, brilliant post. Yes, it’s almost like their entire history is laid out here.
    2. Tommy Tailspin?! I’d never heard of it before, and did an online search. Was surprised to learn that strip ran for 14 (!) years.
    3. Haha – “He-Man Hits”! That was great!

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