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., with Miramax managing global licensing, with the exception of The Hurricane, which is now back with its original distributor, United Artists.
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.
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.
|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|||
|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|
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.