Hiram Abrams

Hiram Abrams (22 February 1878 – 15 November 1926) was an early American movie mogul and one of the first presidents of Paramount Pictures.wikipedia
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United Artists

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He was also the first managing director of United Artists. Abrams and his new partner, Ben Schulberg, convinced Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith to break with their studios and form an independent distributing company; the result was United Artists, set up on 5 February 1919.
Hiram Abrams was its first managing director, and the company established its headquarters at 729 Seventh Avenue in New York City.

Daniel H. Coakley

Daniel H. Coakley, a notoriously crooked Boston lawyer, threatened arrest on morals charges.
In 1917, he, James Curley, Corcoran, and District Attorney of the Northern District of Massachusetts Nathan A. Tufts extorted large sums of money from Paramount Studio executives (including Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky, and Hiram Abrams) who attended a party at Mishawum Manor, a Woburn, Massachusetts brothel.

Paramount Pictures

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Hiram Abrams (22 February 1878 – 15 November 1926) was an early American movie mogul and one of the first presidents of Paramount Pictures. Through the motion picture industry, Abrams became acquainted with W. W. Hodkinson and when Hodkinson founded Paramount Pictures in 1914, Abrams began serving on the five man board-of-directors.

Portland, Maine

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Hiram was born in Portland, Maine, the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant who became a real estate broker.

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Hiram was born in Portland, Maine, the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant who became a real estate broker.

William Wadsworth Hodkinson

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Through the motion picture industry, Abrams became acquainted with W. W. Hodkinson and when Hodkinson founded Paramount Pictures in 1914, Abrams began serving on the five man board-of-directors.

Adolph Zukor

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When Hodkinson denied Paramount partners Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky more of the profits, Zukor - in a Machiavellian plot - devised a coup.

Jesse L. Lasky

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When Hodkinson denied Paramount partners Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky more of the profits, Zukor - in a Machiavellian plot - devised a coup.

Niccolò Machiavelli

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When Hodkinson denied Paramount partners Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky more of the profits, Zukor - in a Machiavellian plot - devised a coup.

Film rights

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Zukor and Lasky sold Hodkinson more of their film rights and, using that money, they purchased Paramount stock to, by 1916, gain a majority of it. Then with Abrams, Steele and Sherry they used this majority to vote Hodkinson out.

Roscoe Arbuckle

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In 1917, Abrams, while in Boston, organized a party for Fatty Arbuckle, Zukor, Lansky, and several others.

Badger game

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A few days later it became evident the moguls had been caught in a badger game.

B. P. Schulberg

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Abrams and his new partner, Ben Schulberg, convinced Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith to break with their studios and form an independent distributing company; the result was United Artists, set up on 5 February 1919.

Mary Pickford

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Abrams and his new partner, Ben Schulberg, convinced Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith to break with their studios and form an independent distributing company; the result was United Artists, set up on 5 February 1919.

Douglas Fairbanks

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Abrams and his new partner, Ben Schulberg, convinced Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith to break with their studios and form an independent distributing company; the result was United Artists, set up on 5 February 1919.

Charlie Chaplin

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Abrams and his new partner, Ben Schulberg, convinced Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith to break with their studios and form an independent distributing company; the result was United Artists, set up on 5 February 1919.

D. W. Griffith

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Abrams and his new partner, Ben Schulberg, convinced Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith to break with their studios and form an independent distributing company; the result was United Artists, set up on 5 February 1919.

Chief executive officer

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Abrams was appointed its managing director.

Joseph M. Schenck

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These distribution problems were not solved until Joseph Schenck, Abrams' successor, took over.

Way Down East

His film version
During Abrams' tenure, however, United Artists did release Griffith's Way Down East (1921) and Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925).

The Gold Rush

Gold Rush
During Abrams' tenure, however, United Artists did release Griffith's Way Down East (1921) and Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925).

Manhattan

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Abram's involvement in United Artists, and his life, ended in Manhattan on 15 November 1926, from a sudden cardiac incident, aged 48.

World War II

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His biggest success, Hitler's Children (1942), came during World War II; the film was a sensational quickie based on Gregor Ziemer's book, Education for Death (1941).

Gregor Ziemer

His biggest success, Hitler's Children (1942), came during World War II; the film was a sensational quickie based on Gregor Ziemer's book, Education for Death (1941).