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us: Lesser, Sol, 1890-1980

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    • Birth Place

        (naf) Spokane (Wash.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Sol Lesser Productions
        • Affiliation Start: 1945
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) RKO Radio Pictures
        • Affiliation Start: 1941
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers
        • Affiliation Start: 1942
        • Affiliation End: 1958
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) West Coast Theatres
        • Affiliation Start: 1920
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Principal Pictures Corporation
        • Organization: (naf) Principal Distributing Corporation
        • Organization: (naf) First National Pictures, Inc.
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        (lcsh) Motion pictures
          (lcsh) Motion picture industry
            (lcsh) Motion pictures--Production and direction
              (lcsh) Motion pictures--Distribution
                (lcsh) Motion picture theaters
                  (lcsh) Western films
                    (lcsh) Low budget films
                      (lcsh) Tarzan films
                        (lcsh) Film serials
                          (lcsh) Feature films
                            (lcsh) Silent films
                          • Occupation

                              (lcsh) Motion picture producers and directors
                                (lcsh) Motion picture theater owners
                            • Additonal Related Forms

                              • us: West Coast Theatres
                            • Sources

                              • found: The Border patrolman [MP] 1936: credits (produced by Sol Lesser)
                              • found: Ernst Lubitsch's That uncertain feeling, ©2007: title frame (Sol Lesser presents) opening credits (a Lubitsch-Lesser production)
                              • found: Performing arts biog. master index, 1981 (Sol Lesser; b. 1890 d. 1980)
                              • found: Katz, E. The film encyclopedia, ©2008: page 857 (Sol Lesser; producer; born February 17, 1890, Spokane, Washington; died 1980; he went into production in the 30s; produced many serials, low-budget Westerns, and Tarzan pictures, as well as occasional quality films; in 1941 he joined RKO as an executive in charge of feature production but resigned soon after to set up his own production company)
                              • found: Halliwell's filmgoer's and video viewer's companion, ©1993: page 473 (Sol Lesser, 1890-1980; American pioneer exhibitor of silent days, later producer; many Tarzan films)
                              • found: Quigley, M.S. First century of film, ©1995: pages 179-180 (Sol Lesser; producer; entered motion picture industry as circuit operator, founding Fox West Coast Theatres; formed Principal Theatres Corp., Principal Pictures Corp.; turned to film production in the early 1930's; in 1941 joined RKO Radio as executive in charge of feature production; resigned to organize and serve as president of Sol Lesser Productions, Inc., 1945)
                              • found: IMDb, April 15, 2015 (Sol Lesser, 1890-1980; producer, director; born February 17, 1890 in Spokane, Washington; died September 19, 1980 in Hollywood, California; went into film production full-time in the 1930s with his own company, Principal Pictures Corp., concentrating on mainly on low-budget westerns and Tarzan pictures; joined RKO in 1941 as executive in charge of feature production)
                              • found: New York times, via WWW, April 15, 2015: movies & TV (Sol Lesser, exhibitor, producer, movie chain owner; Lesser followed in his father's footsteps, eventually running his own theatre chain and distribution center; produced silent-era films)
                              • found: Hollywood renegades archives, via WWW, April 15, 2015: Sol Lesser (SIMPP member, 1942-1958; experience in all three branches of the film industry; became a vertically-integrated mainstay at First National; founded the West Coast Theatres in 1920; independent producer with his own company called Principle Pictures; purchased a small Los Angeles theater that became the start of his Principle Theatres chain; formed the Principle Distributing Corporation, and later created his own financing operation, the Principle Securities Corporation; joined SIMPP in 1942)
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                              • 1988-08-16: new
                              • 2015-05-12: revised
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