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Paramount Pictures, Inc.


Administrative History

Paramount Pictures, inc. (1912- ) is a motion picture production company based in California and formed out of the Famous Players Film Company.

The Famous Players Film Company was formed in 1912. Starting in 1914, Famous Players, as well as Lasky Feature Play Company, released pictures through the new Paramount Pictures Corporation. In 1927, the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation that started in 1917 took the name Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation. Then, in 1930, it became the Paramount Publix Corporation. Paramount Pictures, inc. was formed by that name in 1936 out of a reorganization of Paramount Publix Corporation by Adolph Zukor. The company was divided in 1949 in a court-ordered separation of its motion picture production/distribution units and its movie theater chain. The production and distribution division was reorganized as Paramount Pictures Corporation, and the theaters as United Paramount Theatres.

Wikipedia, website viewed April 12, 2016 (1912 Famous Players Film Company formed; 1914 Famous Players Film Company and Lasky Feature Play Company released films through Paramount Pictures Corporation; 1927 merged companies were called Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation; 1930 became Paramount Publix Corporation; 1936 became Paramount Pictures, Inc.; Formed by Adolph Zukor; 1949 company divided by court order; Production and distribution company called Paramount Pictures Corporation.)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Andrew Durkus motion picture photograph, negatives, and transparencies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 285
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs, negatives, and transparencies taken and collected by Andrew Durkus between 1925 and 1970. Includes photographs from various Paramount Pictures productions.

Dates: 1925-1970

"Men with Wings" signed script

 Collection — Item 1: [Barcode: 31197233635959]
Identifier: MSS 7533
Scope and Contents

"Men with Wings" script, signed by director William Wellman and actors Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, and Louise Campbell, and six civic leaders. Approximately 1938.

Dates: approximately 1938

Paramount Pictures pressbooks

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230312693]
Identifier: MSS SC 1431
Scope and Contents

Pressbooks for the Paramount Pictures' films "First Love" and "The Duellists." The items describe details of the film's production and gives biographies of the actors appearing in the films.

Dates: 1977-1978

Paramount Pictures production prop drawings and blueprints for The Ten Commandments

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8988
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 35 original hand-drawn prop drawings and blueprints for the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. The credited art director on most of the drawings is Walter Tyler, but other artists who contributed include signatures, legible or not, that appear to read "J. G. Hulsey," "Waller," and "Gobruege". Materials dated approximately 1955.

Dates: Approximately 1955

Signed script for North West Mounted Police

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232593100]
Identifier: MSS 8833

Copy of script for North West Mounted Police (1940) signed by the director and top-billed cast members.

Dates: 1940

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Scripts (Documents) 2
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