Contents 1 History 1.1 Early Years 1.2 Post-Griffith Years 1.3 Gold Medal Studios 2 References


History[edit] See also: Biograph Company Early Years[edit] The first studio of the Biograph Company, formerly American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, was located on the roof of 841 Broadway at 13th Street in Manhattan, known then as the Hackett Carhart Building and today as the Roosevelt Building. The set-up was similar to Thomas Edison's "Black Maria" in West Orange, New Jersey, being mounted on circular tracks to be able to get the best possible sunlight. As of 1988, the foundations of this machinery were still extant. The company moved in 1906 to a brownstone at 11 East 14th Street near Union Square, where it remained until 1913. (The brownstone was torn down in the 1960s.) It was at this location that D. W. Griffith began as a director, and quickly became the studio's focus. Griffith found and developed for the company stars such as Florence Lawrence; Mary Pickford; the Gish sisters, Lillian and Dorothy; Lionel Barrymore; Mabel Normand; Harry Carey and director Mack Sennett.[1] Due to their overwhelming popularity and the fact that their names were not credited, stars like Florence Lawrence and Mary Pickford became known as the 'Biograph Girls,' before screen credits began to become the norm. Poster for Three Friends, a Biograph Studios release from 1913 Post-Griffith Years[edit] Griffith left the company in 1913, and it moved its facilities to 807 East 175th Street in The Bronx.[2][3] Without Griffith, the studio did not prosper, and the company was dissolved in 1915,[1] and the studio property was leased out to other production companies after Biograph's production stopped. The studio facilities were acquired by one of Biograph Company's creditors, the Empire Trust Company, although Biograph continued to manage it.[4][5] Herbert Yates acquired the Biograph Studios properties and Film laboratory facilities in 1928. Biograph Studios facilities in The Bronx was made a subsidiary of his Consolidated Film Industries.[6][7] Some advertising films and a few feature films were made at the studio in the 1930s, including Midnight (1934), Woman in the Dark (1934), The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935), Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937), the Yiddish-language folk drama Tevya (1939), and the Oscar Micheaux production The Notorious Elinor Lee (1940). However, the studio's principal activity in that decade was the production of shorts for Universal, Columbia, and RKO, mostly involving New York-based actors and entertainers. The studio suspended operations in 1939, due partly to curtailment of the activities of independent producers because of World War II and partly to a decline in the commercial film market, according to its general manager. At this time, the remaining Biograph film collection was donated to the film department of the Museum of Modern Art.[8] The Soundies Distributing Corporation filmed at the Biograph Studios in 1944.[9] Empire Trust later assigned management of the property to one of its own subsidiaries, The Actinograph Corp., which held it until 1948.[10] Gold Medal Studios[edit] Martin Poll (who later became New York's Commissioner of Motion Picture Arts) restored Biograph Studios and reopened it in 1956 as the Gold Medal Studios.[11][12][13] Gold Medal Studios became the largest film studio in the United States outside of Los Angeles at the time of its 1956 reopening.[11] Poll sold the property in 1961,[14] when it was incorporated into a newer company, Biograph Studios, Inc. in 1961, unrelated to the original Biograph Company corporation.[15] The television series Naked City, Car 54, Where Are You?, and East Side/West Side, and movies such as A Face in the Crowd, Odds Against Tomorrow, The Fugitive Kind, The Goddess, Pretty Boy Floyd, BUtterfield 8, The Incident, and John and Mary were filmed there. Biograph Studios went dormant again in the 1970s before the studio facilities burned down in 1980.[16] The site is now occupied by a New York City Department of Sanitation garage.


References[edit] Notes ^ a b Alleman, Richard (1988), The Movie Lover's Guide to New York, New York: Harper & Row, ISBN 0060960809 , p.147-48 ^ Kane, Sherwin A. (December 26, 1933). "The New Biograph Makes Its Debut". Motion Picture Daily. pp. 4–5 (including full page ad). Retrieved September 5, 2013.  ^ Hevesi, Dennis (April 20, 2012). "Martin Poll Dies at 89; Built a Movie Studio in New York". The New York Times. Retrieved September 5, 2013.  ^ "Screen News Here and in Hollywood". The New York Times. September 27, 1939. p. 29.  ^ "Securities at Auction". The New York Times. December 27, 1928. p. 39.  ^ Tuska, Jon (1999). The Vanishing Legion: A History of Mascot Pictures, 1927–1935. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. p. 42. ISBN 0-7864-0749-2.  ^ Keith R. Pillow, Public Relations Manager, Thompson/Technicolor (owner of CFI), May 4, 2006. ^ Iris Barry, "Why Wait for Posterity?" Hollywood Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Jan. 1946), pp. 131–137. Mary Pickford had purchased negatives or prints of most of her Biograph films in the 1920s. Christel Schmidt, "Preserving Pickford: The Mary Pickford Collection and the Library of Congress", The Moving Image, Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2003, pp. 59–81. The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford 1909–1933, Library of Congress Report. ^ "Coinmen You Know", Billboard, July 15, 1944, p. 64. ^ Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator, Research and Collections, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. magliozzi@moma.org. ^ a b "Martin Poll dies at 89, Producer drew Oscar nom for 'The Lion in Winter'". Variety. 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2012-04-24.  ^ The Bronx Stage and Film Company, History. ^ "Motion Picture Industry Returns to the Bronx," Bronxboro, vol. 34, fall 1957, p. 3. ^ "Producer Shapes 6-Film Schedule," The New York Times, May 4, 1964, p. 36. ^ State of New York—Secretary of State[permanent dead link] ^ "Bronx Blaze Damages Old Biograph Studios," The New York Times, July 9, 1980, p. B4. Further reading Koszarski, Richard. Hollywood on the Hudson: Film and Television in New York from Griffith to Sarnoff, Rutgers University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8135-4293-5. Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Biograph_Studios&oldid=799546242" Categories: Entertainment companies established in 1912Media companies established in 1912Companies disestablished in 1980Silent film studiosDefunct American film studiosEntertainment companies based in New York City1912 establishments in New York (state)1980 disestablishments in New York (state)Hidden categories: All articles with dead external linksArticles with dead external links from November 2016Articles with permanently dead external links


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