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    • Founded
      Southern California (1931),
      predecessor-in-interest to Allied Artists Pictures Corporation (1946),
      now a subsidiary of Allied Artists International

      Headquarters
      Los Angeles, California
      New York City, New York

      Key People
      Kim Richards, Chairman and CEO,
      Robert Fitzpatrick, President

      Website
      www.monogrampictures.com

      For more information:-
      Monogram Pictures- Wikipedia

      Monogram Pictures Corporation
      is a Hollywood studio that produced and released films,
      most on low budgets, between 1931 and 1953,
      when the firm completed a transition to the name Allied Artists.
      Monogram is considered a leader among the smaller studios sometimes
      referred to collectively as Poverty Row.
      The idea behind the studio was that when the Monogram logo
      appeared on the screen,
      everyone knew they were in for action and adventure.





      By the early 1930’s, only a handful of the independents had configured themselves
      into cheaper versions of the studio system.
      One of the most important was Monogram, which was originally located at 4516 Sunset Blvd.,
      then relocated to 1040 N. Las Palmas Ave.
      In 1935, Monogram merged into Republic, becoming an independent company again one year later,
      and moving, once again, over to Sunset Drive and Hoover Street.
      Monogram made money on the Bowery Boys and the Cisco Kid,
      but under its intended “AA” movie subsidiary, Allied Artists

      Monogram was created in the early 1930s from two earlier companies,
      W. Ray Johnston's Rayart Productions
      (renamed "Raytone" when sound pictures came in)
      and Trem Carr's Sono Art-World Wide Pictures.
      Both specialized in low budget features and, as Monogram Pictures,
      continued that policy until 1935 with Carr in charge of production.
      Another independent, Paul Malvern, released his
      Lone Star western productions
      (starring John Wayne) through Monogram.



      The backbone of the studio in those early days was a father-and-son
      combination: Robert N. Bradbury, writer and director,
      and Bob Steele, cowboy actor, were on their roster.
      Bradbury wrote almost all of the early Monogram and Lone Star westerns.
      While budgets and production values were lean,
      Monogram offered a balanced program, including
      action melodramas, classics, and mysteries.

      Please also see
      Lone Star Productions

      In 1935, Johnston and Carr were wooed by Herbert Yates
      of Consolidated Film Industries; Yates planned to merge Monogram
      with several other smaller independent companies to form
      Republic Pictures.
      But after a short time in this new venture, Johnston and Carr left,
      Carr to produce at Universal and Johnston to restart Monogram in 1937.

      Monogram Ranch
      Monogram Pictures operated the Monogram Ranch,
      See:- Monogram/ Melody Ranch
      their movie ranch in Placerita Canyon near Newhall, California
      in the northern San Gabriel Mountains foothills.
      Tom Mix had used the 'Placeritos Ranch' for location
      shooting for his silent western films.



      Ernie Hickson became the owner in 1936 and reconstructed
      all the 'frontier western town' sets, moved from the nearby
      Republic Pictures Movie Ranch (present day Disney Golden Oak Ranch),
      onto his 110-acre (0.45 km2) ranch.
      A year later in 1937 Monogram Pictures signed a long term lease
      with Hickson for 'Placeritos Ranch', with terms that the ranch be renamed
      'Monogram Ranch.'
      Gene Autry, actor, cowboy singer, and producer,
      purchased the 'Monogram Ranch' property from the Hickson heirs in 1953,
      renaming it after his film 'Melody Ranch'.
      Today it is operated as the 'Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio'
      and 'Melody Ranch Studios.


      Main Street

      Early Years
      Monogram could seldom afford big-name movie stars
      and would employ either former silent-film actors who were idle
      (Herbert Rawlinson, William Collier, Sr.)
      or young featured players (Ray Walker, Wallace Ford).

      In 1938 Monogram began a long and profitable policy
      of making series and hiring familiar players to star in them.
      Frankie Darro, Hollywood's foremost tough-kid actor of the 1930s,
      joined Monogram and stayed with the company until 1950.
      Comedian Mantan Moreland co-starred in many of the Darros
      and continued to be a valuable asset to Monogram through 1949.

      Juvenile actors Marcia Mae Jones and Jackie Moran carried
      a series of homespun romances.
      Crime themes dominated the roster at Monogram
      in the late thirties and early forties.
      For example, the very forgettable though endearing
      Riot Squad (1941) cast Richard Cromwell as a doctor
      working covertly for the police department to catch the mobsters
      before his girlfriend Rita Quigley breaks their engagement.



      Boris Karloff brought a touch of class to the Monogram
      release schedule with his "Mr. Wong" mysteries.
      This prompted producer Sam Katzman to engage Bela Lugosi
      for a follow-up series of Monogram thrillers.



      Katzman hit the bull's-eye with his street-gang series
      The East Side Kids, which ran from 1940 to 1945.
      East Side star Leo Gorcey then took the reins himself
      and transformed the series into The Bowery Boys,
      which became the longest-running feature-film series
      in movie history (48 titles).
      During this run, Gorcey became the highest paid actor
      in Hollywood on an annual basis.

      Westerns
      Monogram always catered to western fans.
      The studio released sagebrush sagas with Bill Cody, Bob Steele,
      John Wayne, Tom Keene, Tim McCoy, Tex Ritter,
      and Jack Randall before hitting on the "trio" format teaming veteran saddle pals.

      ..

      Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, and Raymond Hatton
      became The Rough Riders;

      Ray (Crash) Corrigan, John 'Dusty' King, and Max Terhune
      were The Range Busters,

      and Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, and Bob Steele
      teamed as The Trail Blazers.

      When Universal Pictures allowed Johnny Mack Brown's
      contract to lapse, Monogram grabbed him
      and kept him busy through 1952.

      The studio was a launching pad for stars of the future Preston Foster,
      Randolph Scott, Lionel Atwill, Alan Ladd, Edith Fellows and Robert Mitchum.
      The studio was also a haven for established stars whose careers had stalled:
      Edmund Lowe, John Boles,Ricardo Cortez, Kay Francis Bruce Cabot


      Gale Storm

      Monogram did create and nurture its own stars like Gale Storm .
      Another of Monogram's finds during this time was British skating star Belita,
      who conversely starred in musical revues first and then graduated to dramatic roles,
      including Suspense (1946), the only A-budget picture to be produced
      under the Monogram name.
      _______________________________________________________________________________________
      BACKLOT

      Many of Duke's Lone Star westerns made here

      The following pictures are from the Allied Artists brochure.
      that advertised the Western Street.


      The western street looking north

      The western street looking south.















      These pictures are by Chuck Anderson.

      For more information
      Studios, Backlots and Ranches

      For more information:-
      Monogram Pictures- Wikipedia

      N.B
      All information correct at original posting, for updated information
      please click on Wikipedia link
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Movie Studios & Backlot- Mongram

      In the spring of 1933, Duke was to return to Poverty Row,
      when he signed a contract with Lone Star Productions,
      to play lead in a series of westerns produced by Paul Malvern.
      They were to be distributed by Monogram,
      so considered a step up from Mascot

      The director of the westerns starting with Riders of Destiny,
      was Robert North Bradbury, father of Duke's friend Bob Steele.
      If not for Robert North Bradbury, Duke would have been lost forever!

      See here:-
      Pals Of The Saddle- Robert North Bradbury

      Monogram Pictures were, like Mascot swallowed up by Herbert Yates,
      and the new company formed called Republic Pictures
      Including Mascot and Monogram Pictures,
      which became the biggest component of Republic,
      Duke made the following 16 movies with Lone Star/Monogram:-

      1933. RIDERS OF DESTINY
      1933. SAGEBRUSH TRAIL
      1933. WEST OF THE DIVIDE
      1934.-THE LUCKY TEXAN
      1934. BLUE STEEL
      1934. THE MAN FROM UTAH
      1934. RANDY RIDES ALONE
      1934. THE STAR PACKER-
      1934. THE TRAIL BEYOND
      1934. 'NEATH ARIZONA SKIES
      1934. LAWLESS FRONTIER
      1935. TEXAS TERROR-
      1935. RAINBOW VALLEY
      1935. THE DESERT TRAIL
      1935. THE DAWN RIDER
      1935. PARADISE CANYON
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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