Republic Pictures turns 75 Years Old

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Sun, 08/29/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council and the Museum of the San Fernando Valley will salute legendary movie studio Republic Pictures on its 75th anniversary September 25th at the former Republic lot in Studio City California. Stars such as Adrian Booth Anne Jeffreys Ann Rutherford and Peggy Stewart are slated to attend. Festivities include screenings of Republic films serials and trailers live performances of swing and western music entertainment by gun spinners rope twirlers trick horses and cowboy poets and a diverse collection of memorabilia. In addition a speakers forum with prominent industry experts and Republic celebrities will discuss a range of topics from creating sci-fi special effects to tales of working at Republic Pictures. A special Republic Pictures stamp cancellation ceremony of the U.S. Postal Service’s Cowboys of the Silver Screen postage stamps will take place and be available for sale. Founded in 1935 by Herbert J. Yates Republic Pictures was an independent film production-distribution corporation with studio facilities. Republic gained national prominence with its focus in westerns movie serials and B-films emphasizing mystery and action the staples of Saturday afternoon matinees. The studio launched the careers of future cowboy icons John Wayne Gene Autry Rex Allen and Roy Rogers and produced serials like The Adventures of Captain Marvel and Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe in its fabled 24-year history. Notable Republic Pictures included Under Western Stars (1938) Flying Tigers (1942) Macbeth (1948) Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) The Red Pony (1949) The Quiet Man (1952) and Johnny Guitar (1954). Republic Pictures