Samuel Goldwyn Productions

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Samuel Goldwyn Productions was an American film production company founded by Samuel Goldwyn in 1923, and active through 1959. Personally controlled by Goldwyn and focused on production rather than distribution, the company developed into the most financially and critically successful independent production company in Hollywood's Golden Age.

As of 2012, Warner Bros. has acquired the distribution rights to films from the library,[1] with Miramax managing global licensing.[2]

History[edit]

from the trailer for The Hurricane (1937)

After the sale of his previous firm Goldwyn Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn organized his productions beginning in February 1923, initially in a partnership with director George Fitzmaurice. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, created by merger in April 1924, bears Goldwyn's name, but he did not produce films there.) Goldwyn Production's first release, Potash and Perlmutter, successfully opened in Baltimore on September 6, 1923.[3]

Some of the early productions bear the name "Howard Productions", named for Goldwyn's wife Frances Howard, who married Goldwyn in 1925. In the 1920s, Goldwyn released films through Associated First National. Throughout the 1930s, Goldwyn released most of his films through United Artists. Beginning in 1941, Goldwyn released most of his films through RKO Radio Pictures.

With consistently high production values and directors like John Ford and Howard Hawks, Goldwyn consistently received Academy Award for Best Picture nominations: Arrowsmith (1931), Dodsworth (1936), Dead End (1937), Wuthering Heights (1939), and The Little Foxes (1941). In 1946, he won best picture for The Best Years of Our Lives.

Through the 1940s and 1950s, many of Goldwyn's films starred Danny Kaye. Goldwyn's final production was the 1959 version of Porgy and Bess.

Filmography[edit]

Lobby card for Roman Scandals (1933)
Poster for Nana (1934)
Lobby card for The Little Foxes (1941)
Poster for Spitfire (1943)
Release Date Title Distributor Notes
September 6, 1923 Potash and Perlmutter First National
January 24, 1924 Eternal City, TheThe Eternal City First National
April 3, 1924 Cytherea First National
September 29, 1924 In Hollywood with Potash and Perlmutter First National
May 3, 1925 His Supreme Moment First National
June 18, 1925 Thief in Paradise, AA Thief in Paradise First National
September 27, 1925 Dark Angel, TheThe Dark Angel First National
November 16, 1925 Stella Dallas United Artists
February 15, 1926 Partners Again United Artists
October 14, 1926 Winning of Barbara Worth, TheThe Winning of Barbara Worth United Artists
January 27, 1927 Night of Love, TheThe Night of Love United Artists
September 18, 1927 Magic Flame, TheThe Magic Flame United Artists
November 3, 1927 Devil Dancer, TheThe Devil Dancer United Artists
March 23, 1928 Two Lovers United Artists
November 17, 1928 Awakening, TheThe Awakening United Artists
January 12, 1929 Rescue, TheThe Rescue United Artists
May 2, 1929 Bulldog Drummond United Artists
June 22, 1929 This Is Heaven United Artists
November 3, 1929 Condemned United Artists
July 24, 1930 Raffles United Artists
October 5, 1930 Whoopee! United Artists
December 20, 1930 Devil to Pay!, TheThe Devil to Pay! United Artists
January 14, 1931 One Heavenly Night United Artists
September 5, 1931 Street Scene United Artists
October 3, 1931 Palmy Days United Artists
October 28, 1931 Unholy Garden, TheThe Unholy Garden United Artists
December 17, 1931 Tonight or Never United Artists
December 26, 1931 Arrowsmith United Artists
February 13, 1932 Greeks Had a Word for Them, TheThe Greeks Had a Word for Them United Artists
November 17, 1932 Kid from Spain, TheThe Kid from Spain United Artists
December 24, 1932 Cynara United Artists
September 3, 1933 Masquerader, TheThe Masquerader United Artists
December 29, 1933 Roman Scandals United Artists
February 1, 1934 Nana United Artists
November 1, 1934 We Live Again United Artists
November 10, 1934 Kid Millions United Artists
March 8, 1935 Wedding Night, TheThe Wedding Night United Artists
September 8, 1935 Dark Angel, TheThe Dark Angel United Artists
October 13, 1935 Barbary Coast United Artists
November 22, 1935 Splendor United Artists
January 24, 1936 Strike Me Pink United Artists
March 18, 1936 These Three United Artists
September 23, 1936 Dodsworth United Artists
November 6, 1936 Come and Get It United Artists
December 25, 1936 Beloved Enemy United Artists
May 7, 1937 Woman Chases Man United Artists
August 6, 1937 Stella Dallas United Artists
August 27, 1937 Dead End United Artists
November 9, 1937 Hurricane, TheThe Hurricane United Artists
February 4, 1938 Goldwyn Follies, TheThe Goldwyn Follies United Artists
April 15, 1938 Adventures of Marco Polo, TheThe Adventures of Marco Polo United Artists
November 17, 1938 Cowboy and the Lady, TheThe Cowboy and the Lady United Artists
April 7, 1939 Wuthering Heights United Artists
August 18, 1939 They Shall Have Music United Artists
September 29, 1939 Real Glory, TheThe Real Glory United Artists
December 29, 1939 Raffles United Artists
September 20, 1940 Westerner, TheThe Westerner United Artists
August 29, 1941 The Little Foxes RKO Pictures
December 2, 1941 Ball of Fire RKO Pictures
July 14, 1942 Pride of the Yankees, TheThe Pride of the Yankees RKO Pictures
January 27, 1943 They Got Me Covered RKO Pictures
June 12, 1943 Spitfire RKO Pictures [4]
November 4, 1943 North Star, TheThe North Star RKO Pictures
February 17, 1944 Up in Arms RKO Pictures
November 17, 1944 Princess and the Pirate, TheThe Princess and the Pirate RKO Pictures
June 8, 1945 Wonder Man RKO Pictures
March 21, 1946 Kid from Brooklyn, TheThe Kid from Brooklyn RKO Pictures
November 21, 1946 Best Years of Our Lives, TheThe Best Years of Our Lives RKO Pictures
August 4, 1947 Secret Life of Walter Mitty, TheThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty RKO Pictures
December 9, 1947 Bishop's Wife, TheThe Bishop's Wife RKO Pictures
October 19, 1948 Song Is Born, AA Song Is Born RKO Pictures
December 11, 1948 Enchantment RKO Pictures
August 18, 1949 Roseanna McCoy RKO Pictures
December 25, 1949 My Foolish Heart RKO Pictures
July 27, 1950 Our Very Own RKO Pictures
August 2, 1950 Edge of Doom RKO Pictures
December 22, 1951 I Want You RKO Pictures
November 25, 1952 Hans Christian Andersen RKO Pictures
November 3, 1955 Guys and Dolls Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
June 24, 1959 Porgy and Bess Columbia Pictures

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=8459
  2. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/miramax-to-manage-films-from-samuel-goldwyns-library/
  3. ^ Goldwyn: A Biography, A. Scott Berg
  4. ^ "Of Local Origin". The New York Times. June 9, 1943. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 

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