Vanguard Films

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Vanguard Films, Inc. was an American film production company, established by producer David O. Selznick in 1943, after the dissolution of Selznick International Pictures. The company's president was Daniel T. O'Shea; Dore Schary was the head of production. The company was liquidated in 1951.[1]

History[edit]

After the dissolution of Selznick International Pictures, David O. Selznick established Vanguard Films, Inc., in 1943[2] and Selznick Releasing Organization in 1946.[3] Vanguard was created to continue his productions, while the Selznick Releasing Organization was made to distribute output by Vanguard. Previously, Vanguard released through United Artists, of which Vanguard owned one-third of its stock. As with Selznick International, Vanguard was located at the RKO studio.

Vanguard Films took over the three films still in production—Since You Went Away, I'll Be Seeing You and Hitchcock's Spellbound—and delivered them to the distributor United Artists, thus fulfilling Selznick's contract with UA.

After the agreement with United Artists was completed, Vanguard films were distributed by RKO Radio Pictures or Selznick Releasing Organization. Notable films among those are Hitchcock's The Paradine Case and King Vidor's Duel in the Sun.

Vanguard Films was dissolved in 1951.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
May 18, 1944 Reward Unlimited Short film distributed by the Office of War Information[5][6]
July 20, 1944 Since You Went Away Produced with Selznick International Pictures; distributed by United Artists[7]
January 5, 1945 I'll Be Seeing You Produced with Selznick International Pictures; distributed by United Artists[8]
December 28, 1945 Spellbound Produced with Selznick International Pictures; distributed by United Artists[9]
February 7, 1946 Spiral Staircase, TheThe Spiral Staircase Produced with RKO Pictures; distributed by RKO[10]
May 8, 1947 Duel in the Sun Distributed by Selznick Releasing Organization[11]
January 8, 1948 Paradine Case, TheThe Paradine Case Distributed by Selznick Releasing Organization[12]
December 24, 1948 Portrait of Jennie Distributed by Selznick Releasing Organization[13]
October 14, 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger Produced with RKO Pictures; distributed by RKO[14]
May 28, 1952 Wild Heart, TheThe Wild Heart Produced with London Films, distributed November 6, 1950, by British Lion Films, titled Gone to Earth
Reshot and re-edited for Western Hemisphere release, distributed by RKO[15]

Library[edit]

Like most Selznick productions, films made by Vanguard are now owned by ABC with home video rights controlled by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The notable exceptions are The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (which is now owned by Warner Bros., via-Turner Entertainment) and Gone to Earth.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Slide, Anthony (1998). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 221. OCLC 681061659. 
  2. ^ "Screen News Here and In Hollywood". The New York Times. May 20, 1943. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  3. ^ Pryor, Thomas M. (December 12, 1946). "Selznick Quits U.A.; Forms a New Firm". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  4. ^ Pryor, Thomas M. (February 14, 1959). "Selznick Names Loew's in a Suit". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  5. ^ Doherty, Thomas (1993). Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 325. ISBN 9780231082440. 
  6. ^ "Reward Unlimited". WorldCat. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  7. ^ "Since You Went Away". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  8. ^ "I'll Be Seeing You". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Spellbound". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  10. ^ "The Spiral Staircase". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  11. ^ "Duel in the Sun". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  12. ^ "The Paradine Case". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  13. ^ "Portrait of Jennie". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  14. ^ "Walk Softly, Stranger". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  15. ^ "The Wild Heart". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 

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