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Majestic Pictures

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Majestic Pictures was an American film production and distribution company active during the 1930s. Under the control of Larry Darmour the company specialized in low-budget production, and was one of the more stable Poverty Row outfits during the period. It also gained a reputation for producing higher quality films than was common amongst similar firms, possibly due to a business arrangement the company had with the major studio MGM.[1]

The first film released by Majestic was the 1930 drama Today.[2] In 1935, along with other studios such as Monogram and Chesterfield, Majestic was absorbed into Republic Pictures. The larger combine led by Herbert Yates aimed to dominate the low-budget field. Darmour grew unhappy with the arrangement and soon departed to resume producing in his own right.



  1. ^ Pitts p.223
  2. ^ Pitts p.223


  • Balio Tino. Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Entertprise 1930-1939. University of California Press, 1995.
  • 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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