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  Essanay Studios - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company was a motion picture studio founded in Chicago, Illinois by George K. Spoor and Broncho Billy Anderson under the name Essanay ("S and A").
Allan Dwan was hired by Essanay Studios as a screenwriter and went on to be a famous Hollywood Director.
The Chicago studio, as well as the new Niles studio, continued to produce films for another five years, reaching a total of well over 1,400 Essanay titles during their ten year history.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Essanay Studios   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Essanay Studios was a motion picture company founded in Chicago, Illinois by George K. Spoor and Bronco Billy Anderson under the name Essanay ("S and A").
When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the MPPC (Motion Picture Patents Company), the Essanay company collapsed and was sold after only ten years in business.
Essanay Studios was a motion picture company founded in Chicago, Illinois by George K. Spoor and Gilbert Anderson (Broncho Billy) under the name Essanay (S and A).
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 Essanay Pictures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Essanay Studios was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1907 by George K. Spoor and Gilbert A. "Bronco Billy" Anderson (billed as the first western movie star).
The MPPC was formed by Edison, Biograph, Essanay, Kalem, Kleine, Lubin, Melies, Pathe, Selig and Vitagraph.
Essanay produced an average of 2 - 15 minute reels a week and their staff grew to 80.
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 Lubin Studios - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lubin Studios, formally incorporated as the Lubin Manufacturing Company, was an American motion picture production company formed in 1902 and incorporated in 1909 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Siegmund Lubin.
In 1912, Lubin purchased a 350 acre estate in Betzwood, in what was then rural countryside in the northwest outskirts of Philadelphia and converted the property into a studio and film lot.
Not being as adroit as its competitors in shifting to quality feature-length films plus a disastrous fire at its main studio in June of 1914 that destroyed the negatives for a number of unreleased new films, severely hurt the business.
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 "Broncho Billy" Anderson (1880–1971) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas
The two of them established Essanay Studios in 1907, the name being derived from a phonetic spelling of their initials, S and A. Anderson married Molly Louise Schabbleman in 1908, and the couple had one child, Maxine.
Anderson established a studio at Niles, California, in 1912, where he turned out a two-reel Broncho Billy story approximately every two weeks.
Spoor was shocked by the salary, and Chaplin was not happy with either the Chicago or Niles studios and their regimented way of mass-producing films.
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 Main Section Layout   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Studios like Essanay were pumping out dozens upon dozens of "photo plays" to a movie-mad public.
Sounds of Silents (The Essanay Years) chronicles the birth of movies, the particular place of Chicago in that birth, and the stories of so many famous silent screen actors, now long gone but whose stories cry out to be told.
One who was yet to attain such status, a 15-year-old girl who stumbled onto the lot with her aunt and was signed to a contract, was Gloria Swanson.
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 Broncho Billy Anderson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1907, he and George K. Spoor founded Essanay Studios (S for spoor, A for anderson), one of the predominant early movie studios.
In 1916, Anderson sold his ownership in Essanay and retired from acting.
Conflicts with the studio, Metro, led him to retire again after 1920.
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 New York State Writers Institute - Charlie Chaplin's Shorts from Essanay Studios, Vol 2, Film Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The shorts he made for Keystone, Essanay, Mutual, and First National studios were jammed into just a few years, 1914 to 1922, with Chaplin producing more than 65 of these miniature masterpieces in what may be the most sustained epic of creativity the movies have ever witnessed.
Chaplin's Essanay career was brief; he made films there during 1915 and part of 1916, a total of 14 films, before he jumped to still more money -- $10,000 a week and a $150,000 bonus, an astronomical sum -- at Mutual.
Unlike the Mutual comedies, the films he produced at Essanay are rarely studied in film schools— with the exception of "The Tramp," the one unqualified gem in Chaplin’s work at Essanay.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Ben Turpin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Turpin was convinced that the crossed eyes were essential to his comic career; his co-workers recalled that after he received any blow to the head he made a point of looking himself in the mirror to assure himself that they had not become uncrossed.
Ben Turpin first appeared on film in 1907 for Essanay Studios in Chicago in various small parts and comic bits; in addition to his on-screen work Turpin worked as a janitor for Essanay.
Ben Turpin died in 1940 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
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 Essanay studios - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
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 Essanay Studios I - Multimedia Collection
In 1915, Charlie Chaplin left Keystone Studios (where he had started his film career a year earlier) and signed a contract with Essanay Studios.
At Essanay, Chaplin continued to develop his style, introducing elements of pathos, satire and irony into the broad farce and slapstick that marked his earlier work.
This collection of Chaplin's early Essanay films spotlights the emergence of the distinctive comedic genius that would catapult Chaplin to cinematic greatness and glory.
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 Gloria Swanson Essanay Studios Uptown Chicago - Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads
Essanay was named after its founders, James K. Spoor and Gilbert Anderson, using their last names’ initials, S and A. Today, the entrance to the old studio, which is now St. Augustine College, remains intact, adorned with the original Terra Cotta design that includes two colorful Indian faces flanking the Essanay name.
While at the studio, Gloria asked if she could be an extra in a crowd scene “just for the heck of it.” A director who saw her thought the 16-year-old girl was vibrant and pretty and expanded a role for her in the short film At the End of a Perfect Day.
Chaplin commuted to Essanay while he lived in the beautiful Brewster Apartments at Diversey Parkway and Pine Grove with its elaborate grillwork elevators and frosted glass block floors in the atrium balconies.
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 Chaplin at Essanay Studios 1 : Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
It is not always the case, but "Chaplin´s Essanay Comedies, Volume 1" actually has the first four two-reel comedies that Charlie Chaplin did when he signed with the Essanay Company after first coming to American and making comedies for Mack Sennett at Keystone.
The Essanay comedy "A Night Out" (Released February 15, 1915) has the distinction of being Chaplin´s first comedy with the then 19-year-old Edna Purviance, who would be his leading lady from 1915 to 1923.
Edna Purviance, who costars in all subsequent Essanay shorts, joins Chaplin with "The Champion," where a hidden horseshoe in a boxing glove promotes the tramp from sparring partner ("This gink wants his face kalsomined," reads one particularly rich title) to challenger to the boxing title.
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 Essanay Studios   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Essanay Studios was a motion picture company founded in Chicago Illinois by George K. Spoor and Gilbert (Broncho Billy) under the name Essanay (S A).
Eventually they followed the rest of the and opened the Essanay-West studio in Niles California.
When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the MPPC (Motion Picture Patents Company) the Essanay collapsed and was sold after only ten in business.
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 Chaplin\'s Essanay Comedies Volume 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Rating 4/5 After breaking in with Mack Sennett's Keystone studio in 1914, the following year Charlie Chaplin signed with the Essanay studio to produce a series of two-reel comedies for a $10,000 signing bonus and an unheard of salary of $1,250 a week.
While neither as polished nor as popular as the work he would do with Mutual, where Chaplin had total control of the work he was producing, these Essanay comedies are important in terms of Chaplin developing his blend of comedy and pathos personified by the character of the Tramp.
If there is one thing that these Essanay comedies emphasize over Chaplin's initial work with Keystone, it would be the way the subtle humor is starting to become superior to the broad slapstick.
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 Essanay Studios Chicago Uptown Neighborhood Sounds of Silents Paul Peditto - Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads
Then I started researching it...and researching...and...to make a long story short, the story of Essanay, the famous characters in and around the studio, in fact the whole silent movie-making process was fascinating.
Cast: 11 characters [with 2 actors doubling.] Sounds of Silents is a celebration of the birth of movies and the early days of the famous Essanay silent film studio, whose illustrious celluloid stars included Wallace Beery, Gloria Swanson, and Charlie Chaplin.
But with success come problems, including jealousies from original Essanay actors left behind in the throes of “Chaplinitis.” A rift forms between Spoor and Anderson which grows more serious when it is found out that Chaplin is looking to get out of his contract.
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Spoor, a moving picture exhibitor, and Anderson, a film actor, founded the company in 1907 and built a studio in Uptown on Argyle Street in 1908.
According to legend, Hollywood studios sent their toughest negotiators to the Chicago market, where audiences often produced large grosses for the studios.
Balaban and Katz affiliated with the Paramount studio to form one of the most powerful companies of the studio era, which ended after prolonged antitrust litigation forced studios to divest their theaters.
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 Niles Walking Tour   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
It was the finest studio in the West, costing around $500,000.
It was one of the first film comedies with emotional overtones, and unveiled two Chaplin signatures, the dejected tramp with a spiritly cane, and his final fade out scene, which he walks hopefully toward a better tomorrow.
The Studio Cottages were built by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company for their stars and executives making silent films in Niles during the 1912-1915.
www.niles.org /walkT1.htm   (386 words)

 What is info on Essanay Studios
I lived down the block from the Studios on Argyle St. Having spent the greater part of my life on Argyle St. from the 20's thru the 80's, I am quite knowledgeable about the street thru this period.
In answer to the question about cinematographers at Essanay the only one I know of was George Spoor's (the "S" in Essanay) brother Major Spoor.
The name Essanay and the logo were later taken by a film production company.
www.faqfarm.com /Q/Essanay_Studios   (911 words)

 Chaplin\'s Essanay Comedies Volume 4   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Charlie Chaplin is at the top of his form in the three excellent shorts (plus a faux Chaplin) offered in The Chaplin Essanay Comedies Vol.
Producer David Shepard's reconstruction of Chaplin's original two-reel version of "Burlesque of 'Carmen'" (expanded by Essanay to four reels with outtakes and new footage) brings the sprawling parody back down to the concentrated, cohesive, and very funny comedy Chaplin originally created.
The final short, "Triple Trouble," was constructed by Essanay in 1918 from an unfinished feature called "Life" and outtakes from "Police" and "Work." While it lacks the narrative cohesion that Chaplin brought to his late Essanay films, it nonetheless features some excellent comic moments.
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 Charlie Chaplin - The Essanay Films Vol 2 - DVDs & VHS - MovieMail UK
Chaplin’s year with the Essanay company was a productive interlude between his first year of energetic experiment at Keystone (1914) and his extraordinary flowering with the Mutual films of 1916-17.
His first picture for his new employers, made in Essanay’s Chicago studio and aptly named His New Job, was a comedy about the hazards of work in a film studio.
He quickly moved west to Essanay’s Californian studio at Niles: the lot can be glimpsed as the background to The Champion, with its virtuoso 6-minute boxing sequence revealing the 26-year-old Chaplin’s unique balletic approach to physical comedy.
www.moviemail-online.co.uk /films/12448   (664 words)

 Gloria Swanson childhood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Gloria was 15 and she and her mother had moved back to Chicago when Gloria's aunt suggested that they make a trip to Essanay Studios.
Essanay was a film studio in Chicago which also had studios in California.
Gloria was immediately fascinated with filmmaking but she thought that movies themselves were crude and vulgar (the most famous films at the time were slapstick comedies).
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 Learn more about our neighborhood and local lore...
Essanay Studios, a very famous Uptown movie studio on Argyle Street, was started in 1907 by George K. Spoor, who was a movie pioneer who led in the development one of the very first movie projectors, and Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, the worlds first movie star.
By the time Essanay built their studios in California in 1912, they had produced over 200 films.
This studio, which filmed mostly "B" westerns, did some work in-house at their Uptown studio, but most of the filming took place at Trem Carr Ranch in Placerita Canyon, California.
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 Silent Era : DVD : Chaplin's Essanay Comedies, Volume 2 (1915) Review
While a southern California studio was being prepared, Chaplin and company shot a one-reel film at a public boardwalk beach, identified as Crystal Pier, near Los Angeles.
Charlie causes a messy commotion in an upscale house as a paperhanger’s apprentice.
A very-good 35mm print (an original, though incomplete, Essanay print held by Lobster Films in Paris) was utilized as the main material for the new video transfer, in fl and white, with orange and blue toning for night scenes.
www.silentera.com /DVD/chaplinEssanay2DVD.html   (2431 words)

 Jewish cowboy | www.somethingjewish.co.uk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Though little of the Essanay complex remains, there are still those that remember Niles’ — and Anderson’s — enduring contributions to film history.
Anderson’s Essanay studio launched several silent-film stars in addition to Chaplin, including Ben Turpin, Edna Purviance and Gloria Swanson.
The company dissolved in 1918, and much of the Essanay film stock was destroyed when the talkies came about.
www.somethingjewish.co.uk /articles/634_jewish_cowboy.htm   (736 words)

 KCET Online - About - Station History
Prior to the purchase of the property in 1970 by KCET's parent company, Community Television of Southern California, the land that now houses the TV station was for many years a movie studio.
Essanay was known best for its slapstick comedies (what one critic referred to as the "breaking-up-a-houseful-of-furniture-and-chase-through-the-street" type).
Essanay's tenure was short here, however; they left in April 1913 after only making 20 of the one-reel Westerns.
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