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The Story of Republic Pictures. Highly Recommended. By Chris Enss and Howard Kazanjian. Exploding onto the movie scene in 1935, Republic Pictures brought the pop culture of the 30s and 40s to neighborhood movie houses. Nyoka Jungle Girl, Capt. Marvel, Tiger Woman, John Wayne's Rio Grande (and 32 more films!), Drums of Fu Manchu, Valley of the Zombies, the classic Daredevils of the Red Circle....the list of their successful series and films goes on and on.  Gene Autry; Roy Rogers & Dale Evans; Anne Jeffries; Gail Russell... And special effects by the famed Lydecker Brothers, too.

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Exploding onto the movie scene in 1935, Republic Pictures brought the pop culture of the 30s and 40s to neighborhood movie houses. Nyoka Jungle Girl, Capt. Marvel, Tiger Woman, John Wayne's Rio Grande (and 32 more films!), Drums of Fu Manchu, Valley of the Zombies, the classic Daredevils of the Red Circle....the list of their successful series and films goes on and on.  Gene Autry; Roy Rogers & Dale Evans; Anne Jeffries; Gail Russell... And special effects by the famed Lydecker Brothers, too.

Take one well-oiled effective killing machine, add a familiar hero on the ground, in the air, and on horseback; stir in a ghastly end that’s surely impossible to escape, add action, add passion, made on a shoestring budget at breakneck speed, and you’ve got the recipe for Republic Pictures. Week after week kids sank into their matinee seats to soak up the Golden Age of the Republic series, to ride off into the classic American West. Handsome oblong format with crystal clear stills from the author's collection and Special Collections, Brigham Young University.

And they gave us visions of the future. Visions that inspire film makers today. Republic was a studio that dollar for dollar packed more movie onto the screen than the majors could believe. From sunrise on into the night over grueling six day weeks, no matter how much mayhem movie makers were called upon to produce, at Republic Pictures it was all in a day’s work. 

Chapters examine Republic Goes to War, The Making of a Cowboy, Ghouls, Freaks of Nature and The Walking Dead, The Amazing Lydecker Brothers, The Stuntmen, Republic's Leading Ladies...and Fade to Black, the end of the era. Includes complete filmography, endnotes, bibliography, index and more.

Always inventing, Republic brought a song to the West. It featured the West's first singing cowboy. Republic brought action, adventure, and escape to neighborhood movies houses across America. And they brought it with style. Scene from westerns such as The Three Mesquiteers and The Lawless Range gave screaming kids at the bijou a white-knuckle display of expert film making. Republic Pictures became a studio where major directors could bring their personal vision to the screen. Sometimes these were projects no other studio would touch such as The Quiet Man (which brought director John Ford an Oscar) and Macbeth.

A perfect book for anyone who likes B movies magic. It is the honest account of an extraordinary production house, one whose ability to turn out films quickly boded well for its transition into television production. Not only were its sets used for such shows as Leave it to Beaver and Gilligans Island, stock footage from Republics movies was used on such shows as Gunsmoke and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

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Item Code COWBH
Publisher Lyons Press
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781493031283
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 11x9
# Pages 252pg
Color b&w
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