PRC THROUGH THE YEARS

 

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PRC (PRODUCERS RELEASING CORPORATION), along with Monogram, was one of the very few ‘Poverty  Row’ studios which lasted more than a few years.

PRC was active from 1939 to 1947 and was run  by brothers Sam and  Sigmund Neufeld. (Sam directed many of their titles.)

The company managed to find a market for their low budget films. They never threatened the big studios and therefore were probably ignored by them.

It is PRC  we have to thank for that memorable noir DETOUR.

Director  Edgar  G Ulmer started with PRC.

Douglas Sirk got his chance there, with HITLER’s MADMAN. And I rate CLUB HAVANA, BURY ME DEAD and RAILROADED.

To rival the Bowery Boys, PRC had the GAS HOUSE KIDS .( I hadn’t heard of these kids)

They did 6 Michael Shaynes with Hugh Beaumont and a couple of Philo Vances.

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I’d like to see The  Enchanted Forest which PRC made in Cinecolor.

 

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Well it has been 6 years since MGM’s The Philadelphia Story, but still……

 

 

 

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Would like to see this one.

 

 

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THE CONTENDER. (1944)

 

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Another PRC I’d like to see.

 

 

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I’m not aware that PRC had anyone under contract, but there was still a reasonable pool of players not tied to the big Studios.

 

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I liked CLUB HAVANA , one of the many films Edgar G Ulmer directed for PRC. It deserves a DVD release.

It looks like a musical from this poster but it isn’t, it’s a good melodrama.

 

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It’s not surprising that titles like FOG ISLAND and DEAD MEN WALK were popular, a George Zucco double bill!

 

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Being a Douglas Fowley fan, I enjoyed his starring role in this one.

 

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Anthony Mann directs at PRC.

 

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He became a star at Paramount so PRC reissued Paper Bullets and put Alan  Ladd’s name prominently on the poster.

 

The big little studio

The big little studio

 

 

 

 

 

4 responses »

  1. Enjoyable post! My understanding is that PRC and other small, cheap outfits would sell their pictures as B features, to be shown as part of a two-film bill (plus newsreels, etc.), so there was no competition as such.

  2. Good point. I hadn’t realised that’s how their distribution would work. Of course the big studios had their own B film units.

  3. Another sensational gallery…wonderful post.
    Love that ad for THE WIFE OF MONTE CRISTO.
    Wonder who owns the rights to these PRC films?

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