Associated Producers, 1919–1921

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134222
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135939 | DOI:
 Associated Producers, 1919–1921

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At the beginning of 1919, United Artists had formed with three stars, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin, and a director, D. W. Griffith. On November 8 the same year, Ince announced the formation of Associated Producers Inc. to handle his films along with those of Allan Dwan, Marshall Neilan, J. Parker Read, Maurice Tourneur, George Loane Tucker, and Mack Sennett. Associated Producers became known in the press as the “Big Six.” The contracts followed the pattern of United Artists, with the various individuals involved with Associated Producers waiting for the expiration of their contracts elsewhere before beginning their company, and each individual binding himself by saying that withdrawal would cause a hardship to the company with liability. The difference between United Artists and Associated Producers was precisely in the naming and the members of the respective companies: a group united for film “art,” consisting for the most part of stars who were also producers, versus a loose alliance of producers and directors.

Keywords: Thomas Ince; United Artists; Associated Producers Inc; Mary Pickford; Douglas Fairbanks; Charlie Chaplin

Chapter.  5419 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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