Republic Studios

Beyond Poverty Row and the Majors


The Hollywood studios of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s were rarely concerned with film as an art form; this was especially true of those specializing in the B film. Of these, Republic Pictures Corporation was the finest. Their quality B action pictures and serials influenced the industry and the moviegoing public, resulting in greater public acceptance. The Republic's roster of talent included John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry, and the serials it produced featured such iconic figures as Dick Tracy, Captain America, Zorro, and The Lone Ranger.

In Republic Studios: Between Poverty Row and the Majors, author Richard Hurst documents the influence and significance of this major B studio. Originally published in 1979, this book provides a brief overview of the studio's economic structure and charts its output. Hurst examines the various genres represented by the studio, including the comedies of Judy Canova and westerns featuring Autry, Rogers, and The Three Mesquiteers. The book addresses the non-series B films Republic produced, as well as rare A films such as Wake of the Red Witch, Sands of Iwo Jima, and John Ford's The Quiet Man, all of which starred John Wayne.

This new edition of Republic Studios, with two additional expanded chapters on serials, a new introduction, and an epilogue, brings the Republic story up to date. This fascinating look at Republic chronicles the impact the studio had on American cultural history from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s and examines the studio's role in Hollywood history and its demise in the late '50s.
  • Scarecrow Press; March 2007
  • ISBN 9781461731702
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  • Title: Republic Studios
  • Author: Richard M. Hurst
  • Imprint: Scarecrow Press

In The Press

With a talent roster that included John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry, Republic Pictures Corporation was the leader among B movie studios of its era. In this accessible narrative, historian and folklorist Hurst charts the company's output from its founding in 1935 through its demise in the late 1950s and considers its impact on American culture. This revised edition of a work originally published in 1979 contains a new introduction and epilogue and features the addition of two chapters on serials.

About The Author

Richard M. Hurst holds four degrees in history and folklore and was a museum administrator for over forty years before retiring in 2002.