|Headquarters||First: Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, United States
Later: Studio City, Los Angeles, California, United States
|Key people||Nat Levine|
|Products||The King of the Kongo (1929)
The Shadow of the Eagle (1932)
In Old Santa Fe (1934)
The Phantom Empire (1935)
Mascot Pictures Corporation was an American minor film company of the 1920s and 1930s best known for producing film serials and B-westerns. Mascot's serial The King of the Kongo (1929) was the first serial to include sound, beating Universal Studios by several months.
In the beginning the company operated out of the upstairs offices of a contractor's business on Santa Monica Boulevard. It rented all of its equipment and facilities.
In 1929 the studio made serial history with the production of The King of the Kongo. This was the first serial, from any production company, to be made with sound. Mascot's first all-talking production was The Phantom of the West (1931)
By 1933 Mascot was successful enough to rent, and later buy, Sennett Studios after the original owner, silent-film comedy producer-director Mack Sennett, went bankrupt because of the Great Depression. This made the company a true film studio. That studio lot is now CBS Studio Center.
Mascot was responsible for the popularity of the concept of the "singing cowboy" and the "musical western". In 1935 the studio produced The Phantom Empire with the then untried Gene Autry as the lead.
Mascot's film developer was Consolidated Film Industries, known as CFI. In 1935, under pressure from that company's owner, Herbert Yates, Mascot merged with CFI and Monogram Pictures, Liberty Pictures, Chesterfield Pictures and Invincible Pictures to form the larger Republic Pictures. Mascot became the serial and B-Western arm of the company, along with its studio. Along with other things, Monogram provided its distribution network, and technical and financial elements came from CFI.
Several careers began at Mascot Pictures.
- The Silent Flyer (1926) was created by Nat Levine but was not in the strict sense of the word a Mascot production.
- List of film serials by studio includes a list of serials produced by Mascot.
- The Vanishing Legion: A History of Mascot Pictures 1927–1935; Tuska, Jon; 1999 (McFarland Classics); ISBN 978-0-7864-0749-1
- Mascot Pictures at the Internet Movie Database
- Mascot Pictures at (re)Search my Trash
- Nat Levine & Mascot Pictures at B-Westerns