Triangle Film Corporation

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Not to be confused with Triangle Films.
Triangle Film Corporation
Former type Public
Industry Film
Founded July 1915
Founder(s) Harry and Roy Aitken
Defunct 1919
Headquarters Culver City, California, United States
Area served Worldwide

Triangle Film Corporation (also known as Triangle Motion Picture Company) was a major American motion-picture studio, founded in the July 1915 in Culver City, California.

History[edit]

The studio was founded in July 1915 by Harry and Roy Aitken, two brothers from the Wisconsin farmlands who pioneered the studio system of Hollywood's Golden Age. Harry was also D. W. Griffith's partner at Reliance-Majestic Studios, and who had also been fired by the Mutual Film Corporation as a result the aftermath of The Birth of a Nation's unexpected success that year. That film also lead to riots in major northern cities due to its racial content.[1] Triangle was envisioned as a prestige studio based on the producing abilities of filmmakers D. W. Griffith, Thomas Ince and Mack Sennett. [2][3]

On November 23, 1915, the Triangle Film Corporation opened a state-of-the-art motion picture theater in Massillon, Ohio. The Lincoln Theater is still an operational movie theater owned and operated by the Massillon Lion's Club. The theater has been restored and is host to a yearly film festival dedicated to the films of Dorothy and Lillian Gish.

Eventually, the studio suffered from bloat. By 1917, producer Adolph Zukor had taken control of all of the studio's assesses.[4] In June 1917, Thomas H. Ince and Mack Sennett left the company and sold their remaining interests.[5] Triangle continued to produce films until 1919 when it ceased operations. Films using the Triangle name were still released to the general public until 1923.[4]

Filmography[edit]

With the exception of Oh, Mabel Behave (1922), all of Triangle's films were released between 1915 and 1919.[6] While most films were made on the West Coast, some were shot in Fort Lee, New Jersey which at the time was a center for America's first motion picture industry.[7][8]

1915
1916
  • A Bachelor's Finish (1916)
  • The Devil's Double (1916)
  • His Busted Trust (1916)
  • The Return of Draw Egan (1916)
  • The Dawn Maker (1916)
  • The Forgotten Prayer (1916)
  • The Winning Punch (1916/II)
  • The French Milliner (1916)
  • The Patriot (1916)
  • Courtin' of Caliope Clew (1916)
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
  • The Demon of Fear (1916)
  • The Dividend (1916)
  • His First False Step (1916)
  • The Flying Torpedo (1916)
  • Hoodoo Ann (1916)
  • The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)
  • Civilization (1916)
  • The Primal Lure (1916)
  • The Bugle Call (1916)
  • Bucking Society (1916)
  • His Bread and Butter (1916)
  • Code of Honor (1916)
  • Hell's Hinges (1916)
  • The Raiders (1916)
  • Bright Lights (1916)
  • Cinders of Love (1916)
  • His Hereafter (1916)
  • He Did and He Didn't (1916)
  • Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)
  • The Desert (1916)
  • His Last Scent (1916)
  • His Wife's Mistakes (1916)
  • Nell Dale's Men Folks (1916)
  • The Other Man (1916)
  • Our American Boys in the European War (1916)
  • Pathways of Life (1916)
  • Rough Knight (1916)
1917
  • Framing Framers (1917)
  • The Gown of Destiny (1917)
  • A Counterfeit Scent (1917)
  • Because of a Woman (1917)
  • The Maternal Spark (1917)
  • The Ship of Doom (1917)
  • Fanatics (1917)
  • Happiness (1917)
  • The Learnin' of Jim Benton (1917)
  • The Sudden Gentleman (1917)
  • Until They Get Me (1917)
  • For Valour (1917)
  • The Regenerates (1917)
  • A Case at Law (1917)
  • The Fuel of Life (1917)
  • Indiscreet Corinne (1917)
  • The Medicine Man (1917)
  • Fighting Back (1917)
  • Up or Down? (1917)
  • The Stainless Barrier (1917)
  • Cassidy (1917)
  • The Firefly of Tough Luck (1917)
  • His Busy Day (1917)
  • One Shot Ross (1917)
  • Wild Sumac (1917)
  • All at Sea (1917)
  • Ashes of Hope (1917)
  • A Phantom Husband (1917)
  • Broadway Arizona (1917)
  • His Saving Grace (1917)
  • The Sultan's Wife (1917)
  • The Tar Heel Warrior (1917)
  • Bond of Fear (1917)
  • The Devil Dodger (1917)
  • Flying Colors (1917)
  • Her Fickle Fortune (1917)
  • His Baby Doll (1917)
  • His Unconscious Conscience (1917)
  • Mountain Dew (1917)
  • Idolators (1917)
  • Polly Ann (1917)
  • The Cold Deck (1917)
  • The Man Hater (1917)
  • Ten of Diamonds (1917)
  • Grafters (1917)
  • Wooden Shoes (1917)
  • A Love Chase (1917)
  • Wee Lady Betty (1917)
  • Golden Rule Kate (1917)
  • An Even Break (1917)
  • The Food Gamblers (1917)
  • Master of His Home (1917)
  • Borrowed Plumage (1917)
  • Sudden Jim (1917)
  • The Mother Instinct (1917)
  • The Flame of the Yukon (1917)
  • Her Excellency, the Governor (1917)
  • Her Donkey Love (1917)
  • A Hotel Disgrace (1917)
  • A Dog Catcher's Love (1917)
  • A Strange Transgressor (1917)
  • His Cool Nerve (1917)
  • American - That's All (1917)
  • His Sudden Rival (1917)
  • Dad's Downfall (1917)
  • Her Torpedoed Love (1917)
  • The Man Who Made Good (1917/II)
  • His Marriage Failure (1917)
  • The Boss of the Lazy Y (1917)
  • Wheels and Woe (1917)
  • The House of Scandal (1917)
  • His One Night Stand (1917)
  • Her Nature Dance (1917)
  • His Rise and Tumble (1917)
  • Villa of the Movies (1917)
  • Twin Troubles (1917)
  • His Criminal Career (1917)
  • The Camera Cure (1917)
  • Dodging His Dream (1917)
  • A Dog's Own Tale (1917)
  • A Laundry Clean-Up (1917)
  • Done in Oil (1917)
  • A Dishonest Burglar (1917)
  • A Finished Product (1917)
  • Her Candy Kid (1917)
  • Her Birthday Knight (1917)
  • Her Finishing Touch (1917)
  • His Deadly Undertaking (1917)
  • Heart Strategy (1917)
  • Innocent Sinners (1917)
  • Hobbled Hearts (1917)
  • Are Witnesses Safe? (1917)
  • A Berth Scandal (1917)
  • A Self-Made Hero (1917)
  • A Successful Failure (1917)
  • When Hearts Collide (1917)
1918
  • Wife or Country (1918)
  • Crown Jewels (1918)
  • Irish Eyes (1918)
  • The Silent Rider (1918)
  • Love's Pay Day (1918)
  • Deuce Duncan (1918)
  • The Pretender (1918)
  • The Reckoning Day (1918)
  • Tony America (1918)
  • The Grey Parasol (1918)
  • The Atom (1918)
  • Desert Law (1918)
  • Mystic Faces (1918)
  • The Secret Code (1918)
  • The Mask (1918)
  • Untamed (1918)
  • Daughter Angele
  • Wild Life (1918)
  • The Ghost Flower
  • High Tide (1918)
  • Cactus Crandall (1918)
  • They're Off
  • Alias Mary Brown
  • The Price of Applause (1918)
  • Shifting Sands (1918)
  • Beyond the Shadows (1918)
  • The Golden Fleece (1918)
  • By Proxy (1918)
  • False Ambition (1918)
  • Hell's End (1918)
  • Marked Cards (1918)
  • Everywoman's Husband (1918)
  • A Good Loser (1918)
  • The Fly God (1918)
  • The Painted Lily (1918)
  • You Can't Believe Everything (1918)
  • His Enemy, the Law (1918)
  • Station Content (1918)
  • The Last Rebel (1918)
  • Madame Sphinx (1918)
  • The Man Who Woke Up (1918)
  • High Stakes (1918)
  • Old Love for New (1918)
  • Old Hartwell's Cub (1918)
  • Who Is to Blame? (1918)
  • Her Decision (1918)
  • Wolves of the Border (1918)
  • An Honest Man (1918)
  • The Lonely Woman (1918)
  • Paying His Debt (1918)
  • The Hand at the Window
  • Society for Sale (1918)
  • The Law of the Great Northwest (1918)
  • Who Killed Walton? (1918)
  • Her Bohemian Party (1918)
  • The Love Brokers (1918)
  • The Vortex (1918)
  • Innocent's Progress (1918)
  • Nancy Comes Home (1918)
  • The Answer (1918)
  • Faith Endurin' (1918)
  • The Hard Rock Breed (1918)
  • The Sea Panther (1918)
  • Heiress for a Day (1918)
  • The Shoes That Danced (1918)
  • From Two to Six (1918)
  • Keith of the Border (1918)
  • Captain of His Soul (1918)
  • Real Folks (1918)
  • The Hopper (1918)
  • Limousine Life (1918)
  • The Cast-Off (1918)
  • The Gun Woman (1918)
  • Her American Husband (1918)
  • The Argument (1918)
  • The Flames of Chance (1918)
  • I Love You (1918)
  • The Law's Outlaw (1918)
  • Betty Takes a Hand (1918)
  • His Hidden Shame (1918)
  • The Man Above the Law (1918)
  • Without Honor (1918)
  • Caught with the Goods (1918)
  • Closin' In (1918)
  • Little Red Decides (1918)
  • Mlle. Paulette (1918)
  • The Red-Haired Cupid (1918)
  • A Soul in Trust (1918)
1919
  • Three Black Eyes (1919)
  • One Against Many (1919)
  • Mistaken Identity (1919)
  • Muggsy (1919)
  • Prudence on Broadway (1919)
  • Upside Down (1919)
  • Love's Prisoner (1919)
  • The Mayor of Filbert (1919)
  • The Water Lily (1919)
  • Taxi (1919)
  • The Follies Girl (1919)
  • The Little Rowdy (1919)
  • A Regular Fellow (1919)
  • A Royal Democrat (1919)
  • Toton the Apache (1919)
  • It's a Bear (1919)
  • Child of M'sieu (1919)
  • Secret Marriage (1919)
  • Restless Souls (1919)
  • Little Miss Deputy (1919)
  • The Root of Evil (1919)
  • A Wild Goose Chase (1919)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Merritt, Greg (2000). Celluloid Mavericks: The History of American Independent Film. Basic Books. p. 21. ISBN 1-560-25232-4. 
  2. ^ Slide, Anthony (1994). Early American Cinema (2 ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-810-82722-0. 
  3. ^ "Triangle Films at Strand Theater". The Hartford Courant. December 5, 1915. 
  4. ^ a b Taves, Brian (2012). Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer. University Press of Kentucky. p. 106. ISBN 0-813-13422-6. 
  5. ^ Kingsley, Grace (June 7, 1917). "Triangle Chiefs Quit; New Griffith Picture Is To Be Made On War Grounds". The Los Angeles Times. p. 3. 
  6. ^ Triangle Film Corporation (US) from the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004). Fort Lee: The Film Town. Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl. ISBN 0-86196-653-8. 
  8. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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