Selig Polyscope Company

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The Selig Polyscope Company was an American motion picture company that was founded in 1896 by William Selig in Chicago.wikipedia
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William Nicholas Selig

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The Selig Polyscope Company was an American motion picture company that was founded in 1896 by William Selig in Chicago.
In 1896 he created one of the first film production companies, Selig Polyscope Company of Chicago.

Tom Mix

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The company produced hundreds of early, widely distributed commercial moving pictures, including the first films starring Tom Mix, Harold Lloyd, Colleen Moore, and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
Mix began his film career as a supporting cast member with the Selig Polyscope Company.

Roscoe Arbuckle

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The company produced hundreds of early, widely distributed commercial moving pictures, including the first films starring Tom Mix, Harold Lloyd, Colleen Moore, and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he eventually moved to Keystone Studios, where he worked with Mabel Normand and Harold Lloyd.

Colleen Moore

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The company produced hundreds of early, widely distributed commercial moving pictures, including the first films starring Tom Mix, Harold Lloyd, Colleen Moore, and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
With a reel of her performance in Hands Up! under her arm, Colin Campbell arranged for her to get a contract with Selig Polyscope.

The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays

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In 1908 Selig Polyscope was involved in the production of The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, a touring "multimedia" attempt to bring L. Frank Baum's Oz books to a wider public (which played to full houses but was nonetheless a financial disaster for Baum).
After First National acquired Selig, the film was re-released in September 24, 1925.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910 film)

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In 1910 Selig Polyscope produced a wholly new filmed version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a 1910 American silent fantasy film and the earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, made by the Selig Polyscope Company without Baum's direct input.

Motion Picture Patents Company

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Effectively a cartel, Motion Picture Patents Company dominated the industry for a few years until the Supreme Court (in 1913 and 1915) ruled the firm was an illegal monopoly.
The Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC, also known as the Edison Trust), founded in December 1908 and terminated seven years later in 1915 after conflicts within the industry, was a trust of all the major US film companies and local foreign-branches (Edison, Biograph, Vitagraph, Essanay, Selig Polyscope, Lubin Manufacturing, Kalem Company, Star Film Paris, American Pathé), the leading film distributor (George Kleine) and the biggest supplier of raw film stock, Eastman Kodak.

Edendale, Los Angeles

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Selig Polyscope is noted for establishing Southern California's first permanent movie studio, in the historic Edendale district of Los Angeles. Attracted by Southern California's mild, dry climate, varied geography for location shooting and isolation from Edison's legal representatives on the east coast, Selig set up his studio in Edendale in 1909 with director Francis Boggs, who began the facility in a rented bungalow and quickly expanded, designing the studio's front entrance after Mission San Gabriel.
In 1909, the Selig-Polyscope Company established the first permanent Los Angeles motion picture studio at the northeast corner of Clifford and Allesandro in Edendale.

Francis Boggs

Attracted by Southern California's mild, dry climate, varied geography for location shooting and isolation from Edison's legal representatives on the east coast, Selig set up his studio in Edendale in 1909 with director Francis Boggs, who began the facility in a rented bungalow and quickly expanded, designing the studio's front entrance after Mission San Gabriel.
There, he met William Nicholas Selig and in 1907 became involved with the making of motion pictures at Selig's Polyscope studios in Chicago.

Kathlyn Williams

A combination of wild animals, clever dramatic action and Kathlyn Williams' screen presence resulted in significant success.
Williams began her career with Selig Polyscope Company in Chicago, Illinois and made her first film in 1908 under the direction of Francis Boggs.

The Adventures of Kathlyn

the father of movie serial motion pictures
In 1913, through a collaborative partnership with the Chicago Tribune, Selig produced The Adventures of Kathlyn, introducing a dramatic serial plot device which came to be known as the cliffhanger.
The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913) is an American motion picture serial released on December 29, 1913 by the Selig Polyscope Company.

Vitagraph Studios

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In 1915, Selig entered into an agreement with Vitagraph Studios, Lubin Manufacturing Company, and Essanay Studios to form a film distribution partnership known as V-L-S-E, Incorporated.
In 1915, Chicago distributor George Kleine orchestrated a four-way film distribution partnership, V-L-S-E, Incorporated, for the Vitagraph, Lubin, Selig, and Essanay companies, Albert Smith served as president.

Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles

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By 1913 Selig had gathered a large collection of animals for his films and spent substantial funds acquiring and developing 32 acre of land in Lincoln Heights northeast of downtown Los Angeles, where he opened a large public zoo.
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Briton and Boer

Briton and Boer (1909)
Briton and Boer is a 1909 silent film produced and distributed by Selig Polyscope Company.

Lubin Manufacturing Company

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In 1915, Selig entered into an agreement with Vitagraph Studios, Lubin Manufacturing Company, and Essanay Studios to form a film distribution partnership known as V-L-S-E, Incorporated.
In 1915, the Lubin company entered into an agreement to form a film distribution partnership, with Vitagraph Studios, Selig Polyscope Company, and Essanay Studios, known as V-L-S-E, Incorporated.

Essanay Studios

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In 1915, Selig entered into an agreement with Vitagraph Studios, Lubin Manufacturing Company, and Essanay Studios to form a film distribution partnership known as V-L-S-E, Incorporated.
In 1915, the Essanay entered into an agreement, in a last-ditch effort to save the studio, with Vitagraph Studios, Lubin Manufacturing Company, and Selig Polyscope Company to form a film distribution partnership known as V-L-S-E, Incorporated.

Something Good – Negro Kiss

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Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)
Selig distributed the Selig Polyscope Company film through the Sears & Roebuck mail order catalog.

Wamba A Child of the Jungle

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Wamba A Child of the Jungle (1913)
Wamba A Child of the Jungle is a 1913 silent short 2 reel film directed by Colin Campbell and released by the Selig Polyscope Company.

The Man from Texas

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The Man from Texas (1915)
It was shot near Prescott, Arizona by William Selig of the Selig Polyscope Company.

Louis B. Mayer

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In 1920 Louis B. Mayer rented his first studio space for Mayer Pictures at the site.
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Little Orphant Annie (1918 film)

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Little Orphant Annie (1918)
That footage had been filmed by Selig Polyscope Company for an earlier commissioned work by Inter-state Historical Pictures Corporation for a film about Indiana.

The Sergeant (1910 film)

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The Sergeant (1910) (survives)

The Spoilers (1914 film)

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The Spoilers (1914) (survives)