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Republic Pictures cutting continuity scripts, 1936-1959
PFA.MSS.010  
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Description
61 cutting continuity scripts for Republic Pictures films (primarily Westerns) produced between 1936 and 1959. These scripts would have been prepared after each film was finished and describe each shot in a film, generally noting the footage mark and frame number at each shot change.
Background
Republic Pictures was a small production company based in Los Angeles, California, that specialized in "B" genre films (especially Western and crime films), film serials, comedies, and other low-budget films. It was one of the "Poverty Row" studios in Hollywood churning out mass-market films from the 1920s through the 1950s, but was noted for the quality of much of its output given the limited resources available and the occasional participation of higher profile directors (Frank Borzage and John Ford among others) and actors (including Joan Crawford and John Wayne). Herbert Yates, who owned the prominent film processing laboratory, Consolidated Film Industries, founded Republic Pictures after purchasing a handful of smaller production companies. Republic was also responsible for technical innovations including a color film process in the 1930s that was cheaper to produce than Technicolor and an in-house widescreen format in the 1950s. By the 1950s when Republic ceased production, the company still owned distribution and television broadcast rights to its library of hundreds of films, and Republic titles were frequently rebroadcast on television even as the studio itself ceased operations.
Extent
2 cartons 2.5 linear feet
Availability
The collection is open for research use.