Benedict Bogeaus (May 4, 1904, in Chicago – August 23, 1968, in Hollywood), was an independent film producer and former owner of General Service Studios.
Biography and filmography
After careers in real estate, zipper manufacture, and inventing a portable film developing unit, Bogeaus arrived in Hollywood in 1940.
When AT&T's Western Electric unit that manufactured sound equipment for film was forced by an antitrust action to divest itself of the General Service Studio complex, Bogeaus outbid producer Edward Small to acquire the studio. He allowed the United States Government to use his complex for film work and leased it out to various independent film producers, keeping his eye on their progress.
Though these films were critically acclaimed, they didn't set the box office on fire. Realising the public's attraction to low and middle budget films with star power, Bogeaus signed George Raft on for a few films, beginning with Mr. Ace.
His last production was Most Dangerous Man Alive directed by Dwan that was filmed in 1958 but not released until 1961. Dwan and Bogeaus cooperated in three unfilmed projects, a remake of The Bridge at San Luis Rey, Will You Marry Me, written by Dwan, and The Glass Wall.
"All independent producers go broke sooner or later. It's because they try and make artistic pictures. I make good commercial ones. It pays off".
- RAGS TO RICHES: Or the Hectic Saga of Benedict Bogeaus, Producer and Man of Many Affairs Hooking the Big Fish Zippers to Movies By THOMAS M. PRYOR. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Nov 1945: 55.
- p.119 Foster, Charles Stardust and Shadows: Canadians in Early Hollywood 2000 Dundurn Press
- Variety Obituaries August 28, 1968
- Fandango profile 
- Benedict Bogeaus on Internet Movie Database
- Benedict Bogeaus and The General Service Studio http://www.cobbles.com/simpp_archive/benedict_bogeaus.htm
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