First National Pictures

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First National Pictures
Industry Motion picture exhibition, distribution and production
Fate Merged with Warner Bros.
Founded 1917
Founders Thomas L. Tally
J. D. Williams
Defunct 1936 (closing all 133, liquidation process)
Headquarters United States
Products Motion pictures, film distribution
Parent Independent (1917–1928)
Warner Bros. (1928–1936)

First National Pictures was an American motion picture production and distribution company. It was founded in 1917 as First National Exhibitors' Circuit, Inc., an association of independent theater owners in the United States, and became the country's largest theater chain. Expanding from exhibiting movies to distributing them, the company reincorporated in 1919 as Associated First National Theatres, Inc., and Associated First National Pictures, Inc. In 1924 it expanded to become a motion picture production company as First National Pictures, Inc., and became an important studio in the film industry. In September 1928, control of First National passed to Warner Bros., into which it was completely absorbed on November 4, 1929. A number of Warner Bros. films were thereafter branded First National Pictures until 1936, when First National Pictures, Inc., was dissolved.

Early history[edit]

Poster for A Dog's Life (1918), Charlie Chaplin's first film under his $1 million contract with First National
First National Pictures studios in Burbank, California (c. 1928)

The First National Exhibitors' Circuit was founded in 1917 by the merger of 26 of the biggest first-run cinema chains in the United States. It eventually controlled over 600 cinemas, more than 200 of them first-run houses (as opposed to the less lucrative second-run or neighborhood theaters to which films moved when their initial box office receipts dwindled).

First National was the brainchild of Thomas L. Tally, who was reacting to the overwhelming influence of Paramount Pictures, which dominated the market. In 1912, he thought that a conglomerate of theaters throughout the nation could buy or produce and distribute its own films. In 1917 Tally and J. D. Williams formed First National Exhibitors' Circuit.

The first film released through First National was the 1916 British film, The Mother of Dartmoor.[citation needed] Between 1917 and 1918, the company made contracts with Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, the first million-dollar deals in the history of film. Chaplin's contract allowed him to produce his films without a set release schedule. However, the production of the feature film The Kid ran so long that the company started to complain. To address their concerns Chaplin invited the exhibitors to the studio, and they were so impressed by the project and charmed by the players, especially co-star Jackie Coogan, that they agreed to be patient. That patience was ultimately rewarded when The Kid became a major critical and box office success.[1] First National's distribution of films by independent producers is credited with launching careers including that of Louis B. Mayer.[2]

Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures was threatened by First National's financial power and its control over the lucrative first-run theaters, and decided to enter the cinema business as well. With a $10 million investment, Paramount built its own chain of first-run movie theaters after a secret plan to merge with First National failed.

First National Exhibitors' Circuit was reincorporated in 1919 as Associated First National Pictures, Inc., and its subsidiary, Associated First National Theatres, Inc., with 5,000 independent theater owners as members.[3][4] In the early 1920s, Paramount attempted a hostile takeover, buying several of First National's member firms.

Associated First National Pictures expanded from only distributing films to producing them in 1924 and changed its corporate name to First National Pictures, Inc.[5] It built its 62-acre (25 ha) studio lot in Burbank in 1926.[6] The Motion Picture Theatre Owners of America and the Independent Producers' Association declared war in 1925 on what they termed a common enemy—the "film trust" of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount, and First National, which they claimed dominated the industry not only by producing and distributing motion pictures but also by entering into exhibition as well.[7]

Acquisition by Warner Bros.[edit]

The financial success of The Jazz Singer and The Singing Fool enabled Warner Bros. to purchase a majority interest in First National in September 1928. Warner Bros. held 42,000 shares of common stock out of 72,000 outstanding shares while Fox Pictures held 21,000 shares; 12,000 shares were publicly held.[8] Warner Bros. acquired access to First National's affiliated chain of theaters, while First National acquired access to Vitaphone sound equipment. Warner Bros. and First National continued to operate as separate entities.

On November 4, 1929, Fox sold its interest in First National to Warner Bros. for $10 million.[9][10]:66 The First National studio in Burbank became the official home of Warner Bros.–First National Pictures. Thereafter, First National Pictures became a trade name for the distribution of a designated segment of Warner Bros. product. Forty-five of the 86 Warner Bros. feature films released in 1929 were branded as First National Pictures.[10]:66 Half of the 60 feature films Warner Bros. announced for release in 1933–34 were to be First National Pictures.[11]

Although both studios produced "A" and "B" budget pictures, generally the prestige productions, costume dramas, and musicals were made by Warner Bros., while First National specialized in modern comedies, dramas, and crime stories. Short subjects were made by yet another affiliated company, The Vitaphone Corporation (which took its name from the sound process).

In July 1936, stockholders of First National Pictures, Inc. (primarily Warner Bros.) voted to dissolve the corporation and distribute its assets among the stockholders in line with a new tax law which provided for tax-free consolidations between corporations.[12]

From 1929 to 1958, most Warner Bros. films and promotional posters bore the combined trademark and copyright credits in the opening and closing sequences "A Warner Bros.–First National Picture".[13]

In 2002, Time Warner (now called WarnerMedia) sold the rights for the First National name to Ryan Kugler of Distribution Video & Audio (DV&A), a company specializing in acquiring excess inventory and close-out properties. However, pre-1936 First National library is owned by Turner Entertainment.

Filmography[edit]

Poster for Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Poster for Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)
Poster for The Kid (1921)
Poster for Smilin' Through (1922)
Poster for Lorna Doone (1922)
Lobby card for Brawn of the North (1922)
Poster for The Hottentot (1922)
Lobby card for Flaming Youth (1923)
Poster for The Sea Hawk (1924)
Window card for The Lost World (1925)
Poster for The Half-Way Girl (1925)
Poster for Classified (1925)
Poster for Mademoiselle Modiste (1926)
Lobby card for Subway Sadie (1926)
Poster for Broadway Nights (1927)
Poster for Babe Comes Home (1927)
Poster for American Beauty (1927)
Poster for Her Wild Oat (1927)
Release Date Title Notes
June 23, 1917 On Trial Distribution[14]
September 23, 1917 The Fall of the Romanoffs Distribution[14]
December 3, 1917 Alimony Distribution[14]
December 23, 1917 Daughter of Destiny Distribution[14]
February 1918 The Light Within Distribution[14]
March 1918 The Sign Invisible Distribution[14]
March 10, 1918 My Four Years in Germany Distribution[14]
April 2, 1918 Tarzan of the Apes Distribution[14]
April 14, 1918 A Dog's Life Distribution[15]
April 30, 1918 The Life Mask Distribution[14]
May 21, 1918 Pershing's Crusaders Distribution[14]
June 1, 1918 The Passing of the Third Floor Back Distribution[14]
June 23, 1918 Tempered Steel Distribution[14]
July 6, 1918 Empty Pockets Distribution[14]
October 1918 The Panther Woman Distribution[14]
October 1, 1918 The Romance of Tarzan Distribution[14]
December 29, 1918 Virtuous Wives Distribution[14]
January 19, 1919 The Fighting Roosevelts Distribution[14]
January 19, 1919 Auction of Souls Distribution[14]
March 10, 1919 A Midnight Romance Distribution[14]
April 15, 1919 Whom the Gods Would Destroy Distribution[14]
May 4, 1919 Mary Regan Distribution[14]
May 11, 1919 Daddy-Long-Legs Distribution[14]
May 11, 1919 The Price of Innocence Distribution[14]
June 22, 1919 Bill Apperson's Boy Distribution[14]
August 24, 1919 Burglar by Proxy Distribution[14]
September 1, 1919 The Hoodlum Distribution[14]
September 14, 1919 A Temperamental Wife Distribution[14]
September 21, 1919 Her Kingdom of Dreams Distribution[14]
September 29, 1919 Back to God's Country Distribution[16]
October 1919 In Wrong Distribution[14]
October 1919 The Thunderbolt Distribution[14]
November 10, 1919 The Mind-the-Paint Girl Distribution[14]
November 16, 1919 A Virtuous Vamp Distribution[14]
November 17, 1919 Heart o' the Hills Distribution[14]
December 15, 1919 In Old Kentucky Distribution[14]
December 28, 1919 The Greatest Question Distribution[14]
December 1, 1919 The Beauty Market Distribution[14]
January 6, 1920 A Daughter of Two Worlds Distribution[14]
January 15, 1920 Even as Eve Distribution[14]
January 25, 1920 Two Weeks Distribution[14]
February 1920 The Turning Point Distribution[14]
February 1, 1920 The River's End Distribution[14]
March 1920 Polly of the Storm Country Distribution[14]
March 1920 The Inferior Sex Distribution[14]
March 1, 1920 The Fighting Shepherdess Distribution[14]
March 7, 1920 In Search of a Sinner Distribution[14]
March 15, 1920 The Family Honor Distribution[14]
March 21, 1920 The Idol Dancer Distribution[14]
March 29, 1920 The Woman Gives Distribution[14]
April 1, 1920 Passion's Playground Distribution[14]
April 18, 1920 Don't Ever Marry Distribution[14]
April 18, 1920 The Love Expert Distribution[14]
May 3, 1920 The Yellow Typhoon Distribution[14]
June 28, 1920 Yes or No Distribution[14]
July 1920 The Perfect Woman Distribution[14]
July 18, 1920 Go and Get It Distribution[14]
August 1920 45 Minutes from Broadway Production and distribution[14]
August 1920 Good References Distribution[14]
August 1920 What Women Love Production and distribution[14]
August 1920 The Woman in His House Distribution[14]
August 2, 1920 Notorious Miss Lisle Distribution[14]
August 16, 1920 The Jack-Knife Man Distribution[14]
September 12, 1920 The Master Mind Distribution[14]
September 13, 1920 Harriet and the Piper Distribution[14]
September 13, 1920 The Kick in High Life Distribution[14]
September 26, 1920 A Splendid Hazard Distribution[14]
October 1920 Curtain Distribution[14]
October 1920 In the Heart of a Fool Distribution[14]
October 4, 1920 The Branded Woman Distribution[14]
October 10, 1920 Peaceful Valley Distribution[14]
October 31, 1920 Twin Beds Distribution[14]
November 1920 Old Dad Distribution[14]
November 1, 1920 Wet and Warmer Distribution[14]
November 22, 1920 The Devil's Garden Distribution[14]
January 1921 My Lady's Latchkey Distribution[17]
January 1921 Not Guilty Distribution[17]
January 6, 1921 The Great Adventure Distribution[17]
January 23, 1921 Mama's Affair Distribution[17]
February 6, 1921 The Kid Distribution[17]
February 27, 1921 The Old Swimmin' Hole Distribution[17]
March 1921 Scrambled Wives Distribution[17]
March 23, 1921 Trust Your Wife Distribution[17]
March 27, 1921 Man, Woman & Marriage Distribution[17]
April 1921 The Girl in the Taxi Distribution[17]
April 1, 1921 Jim the Penman Distribution[17]
April 1, 1921 The Passion Flower Distribution[17]
April 1, 1921 Sowing the Wind Distribution[17]
April 10, 1921 The Oath Distribution[17]
April 17, 1921 The Sky Pilot Distribution[17]
April 24, 1921 Peck's Bad Boy Distribution[17]
May 1921 Courage Distribution[17]
May 1921 Lessons in Love Distribution[17]
May 1921 Playthings of Destiny Distribution[17]
May 1921 Scrap Iron Distribution[17]
May 1921 The Sign on the Door Distribution[17]
May 1, 1921 Bob Hampton of Placer Distribution[17]
May 1, 1921 The Sky Pilot Distribution[17]
June 1921 Love's Penalty Distribution[17]
June 1921 Stranger than Fiction Distribution[17]
June 17, 1921 Wedding Bells Distribution[17]
June 26, 1921 Salvation Nell Distribution[17]
July 10, 1921 The Golden Snare Distribution[17]
July 24, 1921 Nobody Distribution[17]
August 1, 1921 Serenade Distribution[17]
August 1, 1921 A Midnight Bell Distribution[17]
August 20, 1921 The Child Thou Gavest Me Distribution[17]
September 12, 1921 Wife Against Wife Distribution[17]
September 26, 1921 Bits of Life Distribution[17]
October 10, 1921 The Invisible Fear Distribution[17]
October 17, 1921 Two Minutes to Go Distribution[17]
October 17, 1921 Woman's Place Distribution[17]
October 24, 1921 Her Social Value Distribution[17]
October 31, 1921 My Lady Friends Distribution[17]
November 7, 1921 The Silent Call Distribution[17]
November 7, 1921 The Wonderful Thing Distribution[17]
November 20, 1921 Molly O' Distribution[17]
November 21, 1921 Stardust Distribution[17]
November 21, 1921 Tol'able David Distribution[17]
November 27, 1921 The Lotus Eater Distribution[17]
December 1921 My Boy Distribution[17]
December 5, 1921 R.S.V.P. Distribution[17]
December 12, 1921 Her Mad Bargain Distribution[17]
December 19, 1921 Love's Redemption Distribution[17]
December 26, 1921 The Beautiful Liar Distribution[17]
December 26, 1921 The Cave Girl Distribution[17]
January 1922 The Barnstormer Distribution[17]
January 2, 1922 The Song of Life Distribution[17]
January 16, 1922 The Rosary Distribution[17]
January 30, 1922 Polly of the Follies Distribution[17]
February 6, 1922 The Seventh Day Distribution[17]
February 6, 1922 Shattered Idols Distribution[17]
February 13, 1922 Red Hot Romance Distribution[17]
February 13, 1922 Smilin' Through Distribution[17]
February 20, 1922 Penrod Distribution[17]
February 27, 1922 Kindred of the Dust Distribution[17]
March 1922 Gas, Oil and Water Distribution[17]
March 1922 A Question of Honor Distribution[17]
March 1922 The Woman's Side Distribution[17]
April 2, 1922 The Infidel Distribution[17]
May 1922 The Deuce of Spades Distribution[14]
May 1922 One Clear Call Distribution[14]
May 1, 1922 The Woman He Married Distribution[17]
May 15, 1922 The Primitive Lover Distribution[17]
May 22, 1922 Sonny Distribution[17]
May 27, 1922 Fools First Distribution[17]
June 1922 The Half Breed Distribution[17]
June 4, 1922 Domestic Relations Distribution[17]
June 22, 1922 The Crossroads of New York Distribution[17]
July 1922 Alias Julius Caesar Distribution[17]
July 1922 Hurricane's Gal Distribution[17]
July 1922 The Masquerader Distribution[17]
July 1922 Smudge Distribution[14]
July 1922 Rose o' the Sea Distribution[17]
August 7, 1922 Trouble Distribution[17]
August 21, 1922 Heroes and Husbands Distribution[17]
September 1, 1922 Skin Deep Distribution[17]
September 1, 1922 The Light in the Dark Distribution[17]
September 17, 1922 The Eternal Flame Distribution[17]
October 1922 White Shoulders Distribution[17]
October 1, 1922 Lorna Doone Distribution[17]
October 8, 1922 The Bond Boy Distribution[17]
October 15, 1922 East Is West Distribution[17]
October 30, 1922 Oliver Twist Distribution[17]
November 1, 1922 Brawn of the North Distribution[17]
December 1922 Omar the Tentmaker Distribution[17]
December 1922 The Woman Conquers Distribution[17]
December 4, 1922 Minnie Distribution[17]
December 25, 1922 The Hottentot Distribution[17]
January 1, 1923 Fury Distribution[17]
January 19, 1923 Bell Boy 13 Distribution[17]
January 23, 1923 Money! Money! Money! Distribution[17]
January 28, 1923 The Voice from the Minaret Distribution[17]
February 4, 1923 What a Wife Learned Distribution[17]
February 4, 1923 The Dangerous Age Distribution[17]
February 12, 1923 Mighty Lak' a Rose Distribution[17]
February 26, 1923 The Pilgrim Distribution[17]
March 5, 1923 Scars of Jealousy Distribution[17]
March 12, 1923 Refuge Distribution[17]
March 18, 1923 The Isle of Lost Ships Distribution[17]
March 26, 1923 Daddy Distribution[17]
April 9, 1923 Her Fatal Millions Distribution[17]
April 16, 1923 Slander the Woman Distribution[17]
April 22, 1923 The Bright Shawl Distribution[17]
April 23, 1923 The Sunshine Trail Distribution[17]
April 30, 1923 Within the Law Distribution[17]
May 3, 1923 The Girl of the Golden West Production and distribution[18]
May 7, 1923 The Lonely Road Distribution[17]
June 3, 1923 A Man of Action Distribution[17]
June 4, 1923 Children of the Dust Distribution[17]
June 11, 1923 Slippy McGee Distribution[17]
June 18, 1923 Penrod and Sam Distribution[17]
July 1, 1923 Wandering Daughters Distribution[17]
July 15, 1923 The Scarlet Lily Distribution[17]
July 22, 1923 The Brass Bottle Distribution[17]
July 29, 1923 Trilby Distribution[17]
July 30, 1923 Circus Days Distribution[17]
August 20, 1923 The Huntress Distribution[17]
August 27, 1923 Dulcy Distribution[17]
September 1923 The Age of Desire Distribution[17]
September 1923 Her Reputation Distribution[17]
September 1, 1923 The Broad Road Distribution[17]
September 10, 1923 The Fighting Blade Distribution[17]
September 16, 1923 Potash and Perlmutter Distribution[17]
October 1, 1923 Ashes of Vengeance Distribution[17]
October 8, 1923 The Bad Man Distribution[17]
October 15, 1923 Thundergate Distribution[17]
October 22, 1923 The Meanest Man in the World Distribution[17]
October 29, 1923 Ponjola Distribution[17]
November 12, 1923 Flaming Youth Production and distribution[18]
November 12, 1923 Jealous Husbands Distribution[17]
November 19, 1923 The Dangerous Maid Distribution[17]
November 26, 1923 The Wanters Distribution[17]
November 28, 1923 Anna Christie Distribution[18]
December 17, 1923 The Eternal City Distribution[17]
December 17, 1923 Twenty-One Distribution[17]
December 23, 1923 Boy of Mine Distribution[18]
December 23, 1923 Her Temporary Husband Distribution[18]
December 24, 1923 The Song of Love Distribution[17]
December 29, 1923 Black Oxen Distribution[17]
December 30, 1923 Boy of Mine Distribution[17]
December 31, 1923 Chastity Distribution[17]
January 1924 Painted People Distribution[17]
January 21, 1924 Abraham Lincoln Distribution[17]
February 1924 The Love Master Distribution[17]
February 3, 1924 When a Man's a Man Distribution[17]
February 25, 1924 Torment Distribution[17]
February 29, 1924 Lilies of the Field Distribution[17]
March 1, 1924 Flowing Gold Distribution[17]
March 3, 1924 Why Men Leave Home Distribution[17]
March 10, 1924 The Galloping Fish Distribution[17]
March 24, 1924 The Enchanted Cottage Production and distribution[17]
March 24, 1924 Secrets Distribution[17]
March 30, 1924 The Goldfish Distribution[17]
April 5, 1924 The Marriage Cheat Distribution[17]
April 13, 1924 A Son of the Sahara Distribution[17]
April 20, 1924 The Woman on the Jury Production and distribution[18]
April 27, 1924 Those Who Dance Distribution[17]
May 4, 1924 Cytherea Distribution[17]
May 11, 1924 The White Moth Distribution[17]
May 25, 1924 The Perfect Flapper Production and distribution[18]
June 14, 1924 The Sea Hawk Distribution[17]
June 15, 1924 For Sale Production and distribution[17]
June 29, 1924 A Self-Made Failure Distribution[17]
July 20, 1924 The Girl in the Limousine Distribution[17]
July 27, 1924 Single Wives Distribution[17]
August 1924 Tarnish Distribution[17]
September 1, 1924 In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter Distribution[17]
September 28, 1924 In Every Woman's Life Distribution[17]
October 1, 1924 Her Night of Romance Distribution[16]
October 5, 1924 The Silent Watcher Distribution[16]
October 12, 1924 Christine of the Hungry Heart Distribution[16]
October 19, 1924 Madonna of the Streets Distribution[16]
October 26, 1924 The Only Woman Distribution[16]
November 2, 1924 Husbands and Lovers Distribution[16]
November 23, 1924 Classmates Distribution[16]
November 30, 1924 Inez from Hollywood Distribution[16]
December 7, 1924 Born Rich Distribution[16]
December 14, 1924 Love's Wilderness Distribution[16]
December 21, 1924 Idle Tongues Distribution[16]
December 28, 1924 So Big Production and distribution[19]
January 4, 1925 Flaming Love Distribution[20]
January 11, 1925 As Man Desires Production and distribution[19]
January 18, 1925 A Thief in Paradise Distribution[20]
January 25, 1925 The Lady Distribution[20]
January 25, 1925 Learning to Love Distribution[20]
February 1, 1925 Enticement Distribution[20]
February 2, 1925 The Lost World Production and distribution[19]
February 15, 1925 If I Marry Again Production and distribution[19]
February 22, 1925 Her Husband's Secret Distribution[20]
March 1, 1925 New Toys Distribution[20]
March 15, 1925 The Heart of a Siren Distribution[20]
March 15, 1925 One Year to Live Production and distribution[19]
March 22, 1925 Déclassée Distribution[20]
March 22, 1925 I Want My Man Distribution[20]
March 29, 1925 Sally Production and distribution[19]
April 12, 1925 His Supreme Moment Distribution[20]
April 12, 1925 One Way Street Production and distribution[19]
April 30, 1925 Playing with Souls Distribution[20]
May 3, 1925 Soul-Fire Distribution[20]
May 10, 1925 Chickie Production and distribution[19]
May 17, 1925 The Necessary Evil Production and distribution[19]
May 24, 1925 The Talker Production and distribution[19]
June 7, 1925 The White Monkey Distribution[20]
June 16, 1925 Just a Woman Production and distribution[19]
June 21, 1925 The Desert Flower Distribution[20]
June 21, 1925 The Making of O'Malley Production and distribution[19]
July 12, 1925 The Lady Who Lied Production and distribution[19]
July 19, 1925 The Marriage Whirl Distribution[20]
July 26, 1925 The Scarlet West Distribution[20]
August 2, 1925 Her Sister from Paris Distribution[20]
August 9, 1925 Fine Clothes Distribution[20]
August 16, 1925 The Half-Way Girl Production and distribution[19]
August 16, 1925 Winds of Chance Production and distribution[19]
August 23, 1925 The Knockout Distribution[20]
August 30, 1925 Graustark Distribution[20]
September 1925 Sandra Distribution[20]
September 6, 1925 Shore Leave Distribution[20]
September 13, 1925 What Fools Men Production and distribution[19]
September 20, 1925 The Live Wire Distribution[20]
September 27, 1925 The Dark Angel Distribution[20]
October 4, 1925 The Pace That Thrills Production and distribution[19]
October 5, 1925 The Silent Watcher Production and distribution[19]
October 11, 1925 Classified Distribution[20]
October 18, 1925 The Pace That Thrills Production and distribution[19]
October 18, 1925 Why Women Love Distribution[20]
October 25, 1925 The Beautiful City Distribution[20]
November 1, 1925 The New Commandment Distribution[20]
November 8, 1925 Scarlet Saint Production and distribution[19]
November 15, 1925 We Moderns Distribution[20]
November 22, 1925 The Unguarded Hour Production and distribution[19]
November 25, 1925 Clothes Make the Pirate Distribution[20]
December 6, 1925 The Splendid Road Distribution[20]
December 13, 1925 Joanna Distribution[20]
December 27, 1925 Infatuation Distribution[20]
January 3, 1926 Too Much Money Production and distribution[19]
January 10, 1926 Just Suppose Distribution[20]
January 13, 1926 Bluebeard's Seven Wives Production and distribution[19]
January 24, 1926 The Reckless Lady Distribution[19]
January 31, 1926 The Girl from Montmartre Distribution[20]
February 1, 1926 Memory Lane Distribution[19]
February 7, 1926 Rainbow Riley Distribution[19]
February 14, 1926 The Far Cry Production and distribution[19]
February 21, 1926 Irene Production and distribution[20]
February 28, 1926 The Dancer of Paris Production and distribution[19]
March 14, 1926 High Steppers Distribution[20]
March 21, 1926 Mademoiselle Modiste Distribution[19]
March 21, 1926 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Distribution[19]
March 28, 1926 Her Second Chance Production[19]
April 4, 1926 Kiki Distribution[20]
April 11, 1926 Old Loves and New Distribution[20]
May 2, 1926 The Greater Glory Production and distribution[19]
May 16, 1926 The Wilderness Woman Distribution[20]
May 23, 1926 The Wise Guy Distribution[20]
May 30, 1926 Ranson's Folly Distribution[20]
June 6, 1926 Ella Cinders Distribution[20]
June 13, 1926 Sweet Daddies Production and distribution[19]
June 17, 1926 The Sporting Lover Distribution[20]
June 20, 1926 Puppets Distribution[20]
June 27, 1926 Miss Nobody Production and distribution[19]
July 4, 1926 The Brown Derby Distribution[20]
July 11, 1926 Men of Steel Production and distribution[19]
July 11, 1926 The Savage Production and distribution[19]
July 25, 1926 The Great Deception Distribution[20]
July 26, 1926 Mismates Production and distribution[19]
August 1, 1926 Señor Daredevil Distribution[20]
August 8, 1926 Into Her Kingdom Distribution[20]
August 8, 1926 Pals First Distribution[20]
August 15, 1926 The Amateur Gentleman Distribution[20]
August 22, 1926 It Must Be Love Distribution[20]
September 4, 1926 Don Juan's Three Nights Distribution[20]
September 5, 1926 The Duchess of Buffalo Distribution[20]
September 5, 1926 The Strong Man Distribution[20]
September 12, 1926 Subway Sadie Distribution[20]
September 26, 1926 Paradise Distribution[20]
October 17, 1926 The Prince of Tempters Distribution[20]
October 17, 1926 Forever After Production and distribution[21]
October 25, 1926 Midnight Lovers Distribution[20]
October 31, 1926 Syncopating Sue Distribution[20]
November 14, 1926 Stepping Along Distribution[20]
November 14, 1926 The Unknown Cavalier Distribution[20]
November 15, 1926 Ladies at Play Production and distribution[19]
November 20, 1926 The Blonde Saint Distribution[20]
November 21, 1926 The Silent Lover Production and distribution[20]
November 28, 1926 Twinkletoes Distribution[20]
December 12, 1926 Just Another Blonde Distribution[20]
December 12, 1926 The White Black Sheep Distribution[20]
January 1, 1927 The Lady in Ermine Distribution[20]
January 2, 1927 The Lunatic at Large Production and distribution[20]
January 16, 1927 The Masked Woman Production and distribution[19]
January 23, 1927 The Perfect Sap Distribution[20]
January 31, 1927 The Overland Stage Distribution[20]
February 6, 1927 McFadden's Flats Production and distribution[19]
February 13, 1927 An Affair of the Follies Distribution[20]
February 20, 1927 Easy Pickings Production and distribution[19]
February 27, 1927 The Sea Tiger Production and distribution[19]
March 5, 1927 Three Hours Distribution[20]
March 6, 1927 Orchids and Ermine Distribution[20]
March 13, 1927 High Hat Distribution[20]
March 20, 1927 Venus of Venice Production and distribution[19]
March 26, 1927 Long Pants Distribution[20]
March 27, 1927 The Notorious Lady Distribution[20]
April 3, 1927 Somewhere in Sonora Distribution[20]
April 17, 1927 See You in Jail Distribution[20]
April 21, 1927 Camille Distribution[20]
April 24, 1927 Convoy Distribution[20]
May 1, 1927 All Aboard Distribution[20]
May 1, 1927 The Tender Hour Distribution[20]
May 15, 1927 Broadway Nights Distribution[20]
May 22, 1927 Babe Comes Home Production and distribution[19]
May 29, 1927 Lost at the Front Distribution[20]
June 5, 1927 The Land Beyond the Law Distribution[20]
June 5, 1927 The Sunset Derby Production and distribution[19]
June 12, 1927 Dance Magic Distribution[20]
June 19, 1927 Framed Production and distribution[19]
June 26, 1927 Naughty but Nice Distribution[20]
July 3, 1927 Lonesome Ladies Production and distribution[19]
July 9, 1927 The Prince of Headwaiters Distribution[20]
July 10, 1927 The Devil's Saddle Distribution[20]
July 24, 1927 White Pants Willie Distribution[20]
July 31, 1927 For the Love of Mike Distribution[20]
August 7, 1927 The Poor Nut Distribution[20]
August 14, 1927 The Stolen Bride Production and distribution[19]
August 21, 1927 Hard-Boiled Haggerty Production and distribution[19]
August 28, 1927 Three's a Crowd Distribution[20]
September 1, 1927 The Patent Leather Kid Production and distribution[19]
September 3, 1927 The Life of Riley Production and distribution[19]
September 11, 1927 Smile, Brother, Smile Distribution[20]
September 25, 1927 The Drop Kick Production and distribution[19]
September 25, 1927 Rose of the Golden West Production and distribution[19]
September 27, 1927 The Red Raiders Distribution[20]
October 9, 1927 American Beauty Production and distribution[19]
October 16, 1927 The Crystal Cup Distribution[20]
October 23, 1927 Breakfast at Sunrise Distribution[20]
October 30, 1927 No Place to Go Distribution[20]
November 6, 1927 Gun Gospel Distribution[20]
November 13, 1927 The Gorilla Production and distribution[19]
November 20, 1927 Home Made Distribution[20]
November 27, 1927 Man Crazy Distribution[20]
December 4, 1927 A Texas Steer Production and distribution[19]
December 4, 1927 The Valley of the Giants Production and distribution[19]
December 9, 1927 The Private Life of Helen of Troy Production and distribution[19]
December 10, 1927 French Dressing Production and distribution[19]
December 18, 1927 The Love Mart Production and distribution[19]
December 25, 1927 Her Wild Oat Production and distribution[19]
January 22, 1928 Sailors' Wives Production and distribution[19]
January 29, 1928 The Noose Production and distribution[19]
February 5, 1928 The Whip Woman Production and distribution[19]
February 26, 1928 Flying Romeos Production and distribution[19]
March 18, 1928 The Heart of a Follies Girl Production and distribution[19]
April 15, 1928 Chinatown Charlie Production and distribution[19]
April 22, 1928 The Canyon of Adventure Distribution[20]
April 29, 1928 Harold Teen Production and distribution[19]
May 6, 1928 Lady Be Good Production and distribution[19]
May 13, 1928 Vamping Venus Production and distribution[19]
May 20, 1928 The Yellow Lily Production and distribution[19]
May 27, 1928 The Hawk's Nest Production and distribution[19]
June 10, 1928 Three-Ring Marriage Production and distribution[19]
June 17, 1928 Wheel of Chance Production and distribution[19]
June 24, 1928 Happiness Ahead Production and distribution[19]
July 8, 1928 The Good-Bye Kiss Distribution[19]
July 8, 1928 The Head Man Production and distribution[19]
July 22, 1928 Heart to Heart Production and distribution[19]
August 19, 1928 Out of the Ruins Production and distribution[19]
August 26, 1928 Oh, Kay! Production and distribution[19]
September 9, 1928 The Night Watch Production and distribution[19]
September 16, 1928 Waterfront Production and distribution[19]
September 23, 1928 Show Girl Production and distribution[19]
October 14, 1928 Do Your Duty Production and distribution[19]
October 18, 1928 Lilac Time Production and distribution[19]
October 21, 1928 The Companionate Marriage Distribution[20]
November 4, 1928 The Haunted House Production and distribution[19]
November 11, 1928 Outcast Production and distribution[20]
December 2, 1928 Adoration Production and distribution[19]
December 5, 1928 The Barker Production and distribution[19]
December 16, 1928 Naughty Baby Production and distribution[19]
December 23, 1928 The Phantom City Production and distribution[19]
December 29, 1928 Scarlet Seas Production and distribution[19]
January 6, 1929 Synthetic Sin Production and distribution[20]
February 10, 1929 Weary River Production and distribution[19]
February 17, 1929 Seven Footprints to Satan Production and distribution[19]
March 3, 1929 Children of the Ritz Production and distribution[19]
March 12, 1929 Why Be Good? Production and distribution[19]
March 24, 1929 Love and the Devil Production and distribution[19]
March 31, 1929 The Divine Lady Production and distribution[20]
April 2, 1929 His Captive Woman Production and distribution[19]
April 7, 1929 The California Mail Production and distribution[19]
April 28, 1929 The House of Horror Production and distribution[19]
May 5, 1929 Hot Stuff Production and distribution[19]
May 8, 1929 The Squall Production and distribution[19]
May 12, 1929 Two Weeks Off Production and distribution[19]
June 2, 1929 Careers Production and distribution[19]
June 21, 1929 Broadway Babies Production and distribution[19]
June 23, 1929 The Girl in the Glass Cage Production and distribution[19]
July 7, 1929 The Man and the Moment Production and distribution[19]
July 20, 1929 Drag Production and distribution[19]
July 28, 1929 Smiling Irish Eyes Production and distribution[19]
August 4, 1929 Hard to Get Production and distribution[19]
August 25, 1929 Her Private Life Production and distribution[19]
August 31, 1929 The Girl from Woolworth's Production and distribution[19]
September 15, 1929 The Great Divide Production and distribution[19]
October 1, 1929 Young Nowheres Production and distribution[19]
October 25, 1929 The Isle of Lost Ships Production and distribution[19]
November 4, 1929 Paris Production and distribution[20]

Films as a Warner Bros. subsidiary[edit]

As a subsidiary of Warner Bros., First National Pictures, Inc., continued to be a copyright claimant and trademark on motion pictures until 1936. Notable examples of First National Pictures titles are listed below.[19][20]

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1934[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Brownlow, David Gill (1983). Unknown Chaplin: The Great Director (Television production). Thames Television. 
  2. ^ "J. D. Williams, Film Pioneer, Dies". The New York Times. August 29, 1934. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  3. ^ "New Incorporations", The New York Times, November 18, 1919, p. 25.
  4. ^ "Picture Plays and People", The New York Times, February 1, 1920, p. XX4.
  5. ^ "New Incorporations", The New York Times, May 6, 1924, p. 36.
  6. ^ "First National Properties", The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 1926, p. 16.
  7. ^ "Theatre Owners Open War on Hays", The New York Times, May 12, 1925, p. 14.
  8. ^ "Warner Buys First National", The Wall Street Journal, September 27, 1928, p. 3.
  9. ^ "Fox Holdings in First National Pictures Sold", The Washington Post, November 4, 1929, p. 3.
  10. ^ a b c Hirschhorn, Clive. The Warner Bros. Story. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0-517-53834-2. 
  11. ^ "Warners to Issue 60 Feature Films". The New York Times. August 2, 1933. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  12. ^ "Film Concern Dissolves", The New York Times, July 12, 1936, p. F1.
  13. ^ American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures, volumes F4 and F5.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx "First National Exhibitors' Circuit, Inc". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  15. ^ "A Dog's Life". BFI Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "First National Pictures". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh di dj dk dl dm dn do dp dq dr ds dt du dv dw dx dy dz ea eb ec ed ee ef eg eh ei ej ek el em en eo ep eq er es et eu ev ew ex ey ez fa fb fc fd fe ff fg fh "Associated First National Pictures". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g "Associated First National Pictures". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh di dj dk "First National Pictures, Inc". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df "First National Pictures, Inc". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  21. ^ Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press, 1997. p.268

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