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The Inevitable Merger, 1921–1922

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0012
 The Inevitable Merger, 1921–1922

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First National Pictures was created in April 1917 by Thomas Tally and J. D. Williams as a circuit of independent exhibitors who pooled their purchasing power to buy direct from stars and directors, apportioning the price to franchise holders according to the value of their territories. In this way, they hoped to avoid the high rental costs, block booking, and often inferior prints forced on them by producers. Soon the company was becoming involved in production. On August 31, 1921, Associated Producers signed a contract to merge with First National. The relationship between Ince and First National was one of suspicion from the outset, resulting in such a long, complex document that it even required an index.

Keywords: Thomas Ince; First National Pictures; Associated Producers Inc; Thomas Tally; J. D. Williams

Chapter.  4086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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