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us: Vitagraph Company of America


  • [The Vitagraph Company of America, originating as American Vitagraph, was one of the most important of the early American film companies. It was the first to build up a stable of stars, the first to experiment successfully with animated and trick films, and the first to use the motion picture for propaganda purposes. Many early Vitagraph films were distributed by Thomas Edison. In 1898, Vitagraph produced films in its studio on the roof of the Morse Building in New York City, then opened a studio in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn in 1905. In 1913, Vitagraph established a West Coast Studio in California. In 1925, when it was sold to Warner Bros., Vitagraph still had the studio in Brooklyn, as well as a large laboratory and 20-acre studio in Hollywood.]
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    • us: Vitagraph Co. of America
    • us: Vitagraph Company
    • us: Vitagraph (Firm)
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    • us: American Vitagraph Company
    • us: Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)
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    • found: Slide, A. The Big V, 1987: CIP t.p. (Vitagraph Company) galley (Vitagraph)
    • found: LC data base, 4/17/87 (hdg.: Vitagraph Company of America; usage [in imprint]: Vitagraph; [in copr. regis.]: Vitagraph Co. of America) LC man. cat. (usage [in imprint]: Vitagraph Co. of America)
    • found: Film encyc., 1979 (Vitagraph)
    • found: Silent Era WWW site, viewed February 1, 2016 Progressive Silent Film List, production and distribution companies (Vitagraph Company of America; film production and distribution company; established on February 15, 1900 by J. Stuart Blackton, Albert E. Smith and William T. "Pop" Rock; prior to February 15, 1900, the company had been known as the American Vitagraph Company; sold to Warner Bros. in 1925)
    • found: Slide, A. The new historical dictionary of the American film industry, 2001: p. 222-223 (On April 20, 1925, an agreement was signed with Warner Bros. for the purchase of the Vitagraph Company; the Vitagraph name continued to be used as a trademark by Warner Bros. through the 1950s)
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    • [The Vitagraph Company of America, originating as American Vitagraph, was one of the most important of the early American film companies. It was the first to build up a stable of stars, the first to experiment successfully with animated and trick films, and the first to use the motion picture for propaganda purposes. Many early Vitagraph films were distributed by Thomas Edison. In 1898, Vitagraph produced films in its studio on the roof of the Morse Building in New York City, then opened a studio in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn in 1905. In 1913, Vitagraph established a West Coast Studio in California. In 1925, when it was sold to Warner Bros., Vitagraph still had the studio in Brooklyn, as well as a large laboratory and 20-acre studio in Hollywood.]
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    • 1987-04-20: new
    • 2016-10-18: revised
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