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Columbia Pictures Stills and Key books, 1947-1989, bulk 1950-1986
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The collection consists of Columia Pictures' stills and key books, documenting produced films from the early 1950s to late-1980s. Included are prints, proof sheets, negatives, slides, and transparencies that depict scenes, as well as off-camera photographs showing various aspects of production filming, and publicity portraits. Among the 500-plus films represented in the collection are The Bridge on the River Kwai, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Born Free (1966), Born Yesterday (1950), Butterflies are Free (1972), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), The Cardinal (1963), Cat Ballou (1965), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Easy Rider (1969), From Here to Eternity (1953), Funny Girl (1968), Georgy Girl (1966), Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (1967), The Guns of Navaron (1961), I Never Sang for My Father (1970), King Rat (1965), A Man For All Seasons, Oliver! (1968), Picnic (1955), On the Waterfront (1954), Ship of Fools(1965), Stripes (1981), Taxi Driver (1976), and The Way We Were (1973), among many others.
Columbia Pictures history can be traced back to 1918 when brothers Harry and Jack Cohn formed a partnership with their associate Joe Brandt, to produce low-budget short films and featurettes; the three were former employees of Carl Laemmle. They called the company CBC Film Sales (Cohn-Brandt-Cohn). Incorporated in 1924, CBC became Columbia Pictures Corporation; films were created on Hollywood's Poverty Row, an area housing small production companies that churned out a large volume of low-budget westerns and B pictures. Columbia developed into to a major Hollywood studio by the 1930s due in part to the leadership of Harry Cohn and the talent of director Frank Capra. Capra contributed to a number of "firsts" for the studio including Columbia’s first Academy Award for Best Picture of 1934 for It Happened One Night.
250.0 linear ft. (575 boxes)
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
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