Metro Pictures

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Metro Pictures Corporation was a motion picture production company founded in early 1915 in the United States.wikipedia
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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It was a forerunner of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A few years later in 1924, Loew merged it with his recently acquired Goldwyn Pictures and shortly Louis B. Mayer Productions then renamed the new entity Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925 with Mayer in charge.
MGM was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Pictures.

Richard A. Rowland

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Metro Pictures was founded as a film distribution company in February 1915 by a number of "exchange men" with Richard A. Rowland as president, George Grombacker as vice-president and Louis B. Mayer as secretary.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rowland was the head of Metro Pictures Corporation from 1915 to 1920, a studio he founded in 1915 along with Louis B. Mayer.

Francis X. Bushman

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Metro's biggest stars during the World War I period were the romantic teams of Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne and Harold Lockwood and May Allison.
He also worked for the Vitagraph studio before signing with Metro in 1915.

Beverly Bayne

Metro's biggest stars during the World War I period were the romantic teams of Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne and Harold Lockwood and May Allison.
Bayne and Bushman left Essanay and made films for Metro Pictures from 1916–1918 and are credited as the first romantic team in film.

Alco Films

Rowland had been an investor in Alco Films which was a distribution company for a coalition of production companies.
It entered bankruptcy proceedings in 1915 after internal strife, but the shareholders reorganized as Metro Pictures in January 1915.

Viola Dana

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Also in top echelons of importance were actresses Mae Murray and Viola Dana and from the stage Lionel and Ethel Barrymore, Emmy Wehlen and Emily Stevens.
Dana's success in Collins's Edison features such as Children of Eve (1915) and The Cossack Whip (1916) encouraged producer B. A. Rolfe to offer the couple lucrative contracts with his company, Rolfe Photoplays, which released through Metro Pictures Corporation.

Rolfe Photoplays

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Metro had Rolfe Photoplays, Inc. and Popular Plays and Players moving over from Alco to Metro.
Its films were distributed through an agreement with Louis B. Mayer's Metro Pictures Corporation.

Marcus Loew

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In 1919, the company was purchased by Marcus Loew as a supplier of product for his theater chain.
In 1920, Loew purchased Metro Pictures Corporation.

Lionel Barrymore

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Also in top echelons of importance were actresses Mae Murray and Viola Dana and from the stage Lionel and Ethel Barrymore, Emmy Wehlen and Emily Stevens.
The last silent film he directed, Life's Whirlpool (Metro Pictures 1917), starred his sister, Ethel.

Goldwyn Pictures

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A few years later in 1924, Loew merged it with his recently acquired Goldwyn Pictures and shortly Louis B. Mayer Productions then renamed the new entity Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925 with Mayer in charge.
Goldwyn began looking to follow other film companies, like Loews Theaters/Metro Pictures and First National, into vertical integration.

Red Studios Hollywood

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It became Ren-Mar Studios in 1974.
It was first built in 1915 as Metro Pictures Back Lot #3, and has been used for a wide variety of film and television production, and the studio has been known by many different names.

Ethel Barrymore

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Also in top echelons of importance were actresses Mae Murray and Viola Dana and from the stage Lionel and Ethel Barrymore, Emmy Wehlen and Emily Stevens.
She made 15 silent pictures between 1914 and 1919, most of them for the Metro Pictures studio.

Louis B. Mayer

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Metro Pictures was founded as a film distribution company in February 1915 by a number of "exchange men" with Richard A. Rowland as president, George Grombacker as vice-president and Louis B. Mayer as secretary.
Mayer partnered with Richard A. Rowland in 1916 to create Metro Pictures Corporation, a talent booking agency, in New York City.

1965 MGM vault fire

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A 1965 fire in an MGM Archive #7 storage facility destroyed original negatives and prints, including the best-quality copies of every Metro picture and Louis B. Mayer Picture produced prior to 1924; over half of MGM's feature films from before 1930 are completely lost.
Unlike most major studios, MGM sought to preserve its early productions, that of its predecessors Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions, and prints of films purchased for remake value.

The Eternal Question

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It was produced by the production company known as Popular Plays and Players and released through the newly formed Metro Pictures.

The Divorcee (1919 film)

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The film was produced and distributed by the Metro Pictures company.

Film

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Metro Pictures Corporation was a motion picture production company founded in early 1915 in the United States.

Fort Lee, New Jersey

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The company produced its films in New York, Los Angeles, and sometimes at leased facilities in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

New Jersey

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The company produced its films in New York, Los Angeles, and sometimes at leased facilities in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Paramount Pictures

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Mayer convinced Rowland to set up Metro to replace Alco to avoid being picked up by Paramount, Mutual Film, or Universal.

Mutual Film

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Mayer convinced Rowland to set up Metro to replace Alco to avoid being picked up by Paramount, Mutual Film, or Universal.

Universal Pictures

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Mayer convinced Rowland to set up Metro to replace Alco to avoid being picked up by Paramount, Mutual Film, or Universal.

Columbia Pictures

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Additional production companies working with Metro were Columbia (1915–1917 [not the current Columbia], subsequently CBC Sales until 1918), Quality Picture Corporation, and Dreyda.

Backlot

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In 1915, Metro established its back lot in Hollywood on N. Cahuenga Boulevard between Willoughby Avenue and Waring Avenue bound by Lillian Way on the east.

Harold Lockwood

Metro's biggest stars during the World War I period were the romantic teams of Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne and Harold Lockwood and May Allison.