Samuel Goldwyn Productions

Samuel Goldwyn Productions was an American film production company founded by Samuel Goldwyn in 1923, and active through 1959. Personally controlled by Goldwyn and focused on production rather than distribution, the company developed into the most financially and critically successful independent production company in Hollywood's Golden Age.

As of 2012, the distribution rights of Samuel Goldwyn films from the library were transferred to Warner Bros.,[1] with Miramax managing global licensing, with the exception of The Hurricane, which is now back with its original distributor, United Artists.[2]

History

Samuel Goldwyn The Hurricane Trailer screenshot
from the trailer for The Hurricane (1937)

After the sale of his previous firm Goldwyn Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn organized his productions beginning in February 1923, initially in a partnership with director George Fitzmaurice. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, created by merger in April 1924, bears Goldwyn's name, but he did not produce films there.) Goldwyn Production's first release, Potash and Perlmutter, successfully opened in Baltimore on September 6, 1923.[3]

Some of the early productions bear the name "Howard Productions", named for Goldwyn's wife Frances Howard, who married Goldwyn in 1925. In the 1920s, Goldwyn released films through Associated First National. Throughout the 1930s, Goldwyn released most of his films through United Artists. Beginning in 1941, Goldwyn released most of his films through RKO Radio Pictures.

With consistently high production values and directors like John Ford and Howard Hawks, Goldwyn consistently received Academy Award for Best Picture nominations: Arrowsmith (1931), Dodsworth (1936), Dead End (1937), Wuthering Heights (1939), and The Little Foxes (1941). In 1946, he won best picture for The Best Years of Our Lives.

Through the 1940s and 1950s, many of Goldwyn's films starred Danny Kaye. Goldwyn's final production was the 1959 version of Porgy and Bess.

Filmography

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Lobby card for Roman Scandals (1933)
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Poster for Nana (1934)
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Lobby card for The Little Foxes (1941)
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Poster for Spitfire (1943)
Release Date Title Distributor Notes
September 6, 1923 Potash and Perlmutter First National
January 24, 1924 The Eternal City
April 3, 1924 Cytherea
September 29, 1924 In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter
May 3, 1925 His Supreme Moment
June 18, 1925 A Thief in Paradise
September 27, 1925 The Dark Angel
November 16, 1925 Stella Dallas United Artists
February 15, 1926 Partners Again
October 14, 1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth
January 27, 1927 The Night of Love
September 18, 1927 The Magic Flame
November 3, 1927 The Devil Dancer
March 23, 1928 Two Lovers
November 17, 1928 The Awakening
January 12, 1929 The Rescue
May 2, 1929 Bulldog Drummond
June 22, 1929 This Is Heaven
November 3, 1929 Condemned
July 24, 1930 Raffles
October 5, 1930 Whoopee!
December 20, 1930 The Devil to Pay!
January 14, 1931 One Heavenly Night
September 5, 1931 Street Scene
October 3, 1931 Palmy Days
October 28, 1931 The Unholy Garden
December 17, 1931 Tonight or Never
December 26, 1931 Arrowsmith
February 13, 1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them
November 17, 1932 The Kid from Spain
December 24, 1932 Cynara
September 3, 1933 The Masquerader
December 29, 1933 Roman Scandals
February 1, 1934 Nana
November 1, 1934 We Live Again
November 10, 1934 Kid Millions
March 8, 1935 The Wedding Night
September 8, 1935 The Dark Angel
October 13, 1935 Barbary Coast
November 22, 1935 Splendor
January 24, 1936 Strike Me Pink
March 18, 1936 These Three
September 23, 1936 Dodsworth
November 6, 1936 Come and Get It
December 25, 1936 Beloved Enemy
May 7, 1937 Woman Chases Man
August 6, 1937 Stella Dallas
August 27, 1937 Dead End
November 9, 1937 The Hurricane
February 4, 1938 The Goldwyn Follies
April 15, 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo
November 17, 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady
April 7, 1939 Wuthering Heights
August 18, 1939 They Shall Have Music
September 29, 1939 The Real Glory
December 29, 1939 Raffles
September 20, 1940 The Westerner
August 29, 1941 The Little Foxes RKO Pictures
December 2, 1941 Ball of Fire
July 14, 1942 The Pride of the Yankees
January 27, 1943 They Got Me Covered
June 12, 1943 Spitfire [4]
November 4, 1943 The North Star
February 17, 1944 Up in Arms
November 17, 1944 The Princess and the Pirate
June 8, 1945 Wonder Man
March 21, 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
November 21, 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
August 4, 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
December 9, 1947 The Bishop's Wife
October 19, 1948 A Song Is Born
December 11, 1948 Enchantment
August 18, 1949 Roseanna McCoy
December 25, 1949 My Foolish Heart
July 27, 1950 Our Very Own
August 2, 1950 Edge of Doom
December 22, 1951 I Want You
November 25, 1952 Hans Christian Andersen
November 3, 1955 Guys and Dolls Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
June 24, 1959 Porgy and Bess Columbia Pictures

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=8459
  2. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/miramax-to-manage-films-from-samuel-goldwyns-library/
  3. ^ Goldwyn: A Biography, A. Scott Berg
  4. ^ "Of Local Origin". The New York Times. June 9, 1943. Retrieved 2015-12-14.

External links

Condemned (1929 film)

Condemned is a 1929 American black and white pre-Code melodrama, directed by Wesley Ruggles, and starring Ronald Colman, Ann Harding, Dudley Digges, Louis Wolheim, William Elmer, and Wilhelm von Brincken. The movie was adapted by Sidney Howard from the novel by Blair Niles.

Edge of Doom

Edge of Doom is a 1950 black-and-white film noir directed by Mark Robson and starring Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, and Joan Evans.

His Supreme Moment

His Supreme Moment is a 1925 American silent drama film with sequences filmed in Technicolor, starring Blanche Sweet and Ronald Colman, directed by George Fitzmaurice, and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Anna May Wong has a small role as a harem girl appearing in a play. The film is now considered lost.

I Want You (1951 film)

I Want You is a 1951 film directed by Mark Robson taking place in America during the Korean War. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound (Gordon E. Sawyer).

Nana (1934 film)

Nana is a 1934 American pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, starring Anna Sten. and directed by Dorothy Arzner and George Fitzmaurice.

This version of Émile Zola's heroine was to be the vehicle for Sten's triumph as Samuel Goldwyn's trained, groomed and heavily promoted answer to Greta Garbo. Despite a record-breaking opening week at Radio City Music Hall, Sten was beautiful but disappointing.

Goldwyn's tutoring of Sten is mentioned in Cole Porter's 1934 song "Anything Goes" from the musical of the same name: "If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction / Then Anna shows / Anything goes."

One Heavenly Night

One Heavenly Night is a 1931 American pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, and directed by George Fitzmaurice.

The plot here revolves around a poor-but-honest flower girl who agrees to impersonate an opera star. This film brought Goldwyn his worst reviews and largest financial loss ($300,000) since going independent in 1923. However, the profits from Whoopee! (1930) more than made up the difference.

Splendor (1935 film)

Splendor is a 1935 drama film starring Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and distributed by United Artists.

It is the third film made by Hopkins and McCrea after The Richest Girl in the World and Barbary Coast. The two would also star together in These Three and Woman Chases Man.

Strike Me Pink (film)

Strike Me Pink is a 1936 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog, starring Eddie Cantor and Ethel Merman, and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

Cantor plays a nebbishy employee of an amusement park, forced to assert himself against a gang of slot-machine racketeers. The climax involves a wild chase over a roller coaster and in a hot-air balloon, filmed at The Pike in Long Beach, California.

The film was Eddie Cantor's sixth of six films for Goldwyn, all produced and released within seven years. The story derives from the novel Dreamland by the once-popular writer Clarence Budington Kelland, reworked as a 1933 stage musical comedy by Ray Henderson for Jimmy Durante.

The Awakening (1928 film)

The Awakening (1928) is a feature film directed by Victor Fleming.

The Devil Dancer

The Devil Dancer is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by Fred Niblo and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

For his work on this film, The Magic Flame and Sadie Thompson, cinematographer George Barnes was nominated for the first-ever Academy Award for Best Cinematography at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.The Devil Dancer is now considered a lost film.

The Eternal City (1923 film)

For the 1915 film version of the Hall Caine novel, see The Eternal City (1915 film).

The Eternal City (1923) is a silent film directed by George Fitzmaurice, from a script by Ouida Bergère based on a Hall Caine novel, starring Barbara La Marr, Lionel Barrymore and Bert Lytell.

The film was produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, distributed by Associated First National, and was a remake of The Eternal City (1915) starring Pauline Frederick. This film is the second filming of the 1902 play starring Viola Allen which was also based on Caine's novel.George Fitzmaurice filmed King Victor Emmanuel III and his prime minister, Benito Mussolini, reviewing Italian troops. This motion picture is now a lost film. Last two reels (28 minutes long) were rediscovered in 2006 by Italian film historian Giuliana Muscio in the archives of New York's Museum of Modern Art, and screened in 2014 at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

The Kid from Brooklyn

The Kid from Brooklyn is a 1946 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Steve Cochran, Walter Abel, Eve Arden, and Fay Bainter. Virginia Mayo's and Vera-Ellen's singing voices were dubbed by Betty Russell and Dorothy Ellers, respectively,

Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, it is a remake of the Harold Lloyd film The Milky Way (1936) about a milkman who becomes world boxing champion. Lionel Stander plays the role of "Spider" Schultz in both versions of the movie.

The Kid from Spain

The Kid from Spain is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Eddie Cantor, involving bullfighting. Songs were composed by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar. Noteworthy are the musical scenes, directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, Cantor in blackface, and an appearance by the Goldwyn Girls (whose starlets this film include future stars Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, Toby Wing, and Jane Wyman).

The Masquerader (1933 film)

The Masquerader is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Richard Wallace and starring Ronald Colman, Elissa Landi and Juliette Compton.

It was produced by Samuel Goldwyn and released through United Artists. The Masquerader was a popular 1904 novel, a 1917 play, and a 1922 silent film. Colman takes a double role as a drug-addicted member of Parliament and his lookalike cousin recruited to take his place.

The Night of Love

The Night of Love is a 1927 drama film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released by United Artists, and starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, and Montagu Love. The screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee is based on the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

The North Star (1943 film)

The North Star (also known as Armored Attack in the US) is a 1943 war film produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, written by Lillian Hellman and featured production design by William Cameron Menzies. The film starred Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Walter Brennan and Erich von Stroheim. The music was written by Aaron Copland, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and the cinematography was by James Wong Howe. The film also marked the debut of Farley Granger.

The film is about the resistance of Ukrainian villagers, through guerrilla tactics, against the German invaders of the Ukrainian SSR. The film was an unabashedly pro-Soviet propaganda film at the height of the war.In the 1950s it was criticized for this reason and it was re-cut to remove the idealized portrayal of Soviet collective farms at the beginning and to include references to the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.

The Rescue (1929 film)

The Rescue is a 1929 American Pre-Code romantic adventure film directed by Herbert Brenon, and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. The screenplay was written by Elizabeth Meehan, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad. The music score is by Hugo Riesenfeld. The film stars Ronald Colman and Lili Damita.

Two Lovers (1928 film)

Two Lovers (1928) is a silent feature film directed by Fred Niblo, and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

Wonder Man (film)

Wonder Man is a 1945 musical film starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. It is based on a short story by Arthur Sheekman, adapted for the screen by a staff of writers led by Jack Jevne and Eddie Moran, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Mary Grant designed the film's costumes.

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