Sunday, December 11, 2005
* Known For: European sophistication
* In Charge: Adolph Zukor, Barney Balaban
* Directors: Cecil B. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Josef von Sternberg, Rouben Mamoulian, Mitchell Leisen, Dorothy Arzner, Billie Wilder
* Actresses: Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Claudette Colbert, Sylvia Sidney, Mar Pickford
* Actors: Maurice Chevalier, Marx Bros, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Ray Milland, George Raft
Typical Films: Trouble in Paradise, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Death Takes a Holiday, Easy Living,Phyco ,It’s a wonderfel life, Sunset Blvd.,Vertigo, Rear Window
Dubbed the most “European” and “sophisticated” of the American studios in the 1930s and '40s, Paramount became known for its exotic foreign imports.... Under contract to the studio were the likes of Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, and many others. One of Paramount's precursors, the Feature Play Company, made the first feature ever filmed in Hollywood, a Western called The Squaw Man (1914).
Paramount Pictures celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2002, and traces its beginnings to July 12, 1912, when Adolph Zukor founded the production company Famous Players Film Corp. After producing over 3,000 films, Paramount remains committed to the company's original slogan: "If it's a Paramount Picture, it's the best show in town."
...Wings, the studio's 1928 release, received the very first Academy Award® for Best Picture from the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciene
Paramount debuted its wide-screen VistaVision in 1954 to compete with Fox's CinemaScope.... Popular stars and well-known directors made the Paramount logo very familiar to moviegoers.... A bitter takeover struggle between QVC and Viacom in 1993 ended with Paramount becoming part of the Viacom Corporation in 1994. In 2002 the studio celebrated its 90th anniversary. Today it is the only major Hollywood studio actually located in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles.Today, Paramount Pictures, together with Paramount Television, CBS Television, Simon & Schuster Publishing, MTV Networks, Showtime Networks, Infinity, BET, UPN, Paramount Parks and Blockbuster Entertainment comprise the entertainment leader, Viacom Inc.
Paramount Pictures is the only major motion picture studio located in Hollywood. It is an expansive, self-contained state-of-the-art production center and business community.