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Allied Pictures

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Allied Pictures
TypeIndependent
IndustryEntertainment
Founded1931
FounderM.H. Hoffman
FateDefunct 1934
ProductsFilm

Allied Pictures was an American film production company that operated between 1931 and 1934. Controlled by the producer M.H. Hoffman, it was one of the Poverty Row companies of the era turning out low-budget B pictures. The company's best known film is A Shriek in the Night, a thriller from 1933 starring Ginger Rogers.[1]

History

Hoffman established the company in 1931, a year after he had set-up another outfit Liberty Pictures. For Allied, Hoffmann signed up Hoot Gibson, a Western star who had recently been released from his contract at Universal Pictures. Gibson still had a popular following, and the company used the profits from his films to back more ambitious literary adaptations that Hoffmann wanted to make such as Vanity Fair and Unholy Love.[2] Monte Blue appeared in three films for Allied, but several other announced films starring him were never made. Another prominent star was Lila Lee.[3]

In 1934, Allied folded, and Hoffman concentrated on running Liberty Pictures until that was merged into the new Republic Pictures.[4]

The company should not be confused with Allied Artists International, an offshoot of another Poverty Row studio Monogram.

Filmography

References

  1. ^ Pitts p.20
  2. ^ Pitts p.19
  3. ^ Pitts p.20
  4. ^ Pitts p.20

Bibliography

  • Pitts, Michael R. Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland & Company, 2005.
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