The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.
In 1953 Monogram pictures formally changed the name of the whole company to that of their in-house upmarket label Allied Artists. The company created AA in 1947 to upgrade their image and had been quite successfull at it. By the mid 50s with tv eating up boxoffice, the idea of making quality films as often as possible paid off with this film and Invasion Of the Body Snatchers the same year. Also many actors and producers would not work for a Monogram picture but would if it was an AA release. So there, this is how they got William Wyler to come across town and he stayed for a year and also made Love In the Afternoon in 1957. But it was the mega success of FRIENDLY PERSUASION that brought in $10 million in worldwide RENTALS !! springboarding the company into real mini-major status. this was something stablemate Republic tried with The Quiet Man but faded as the 50s went on. AA stayed in business until 1980 and were evetually bought up by Warner bros. Not bad innings for a tiny outfit created in 1931as Monogram. In 1935 they helped create Republic, re established themselves in 1937 and 20 years later saw Republic die out.
- Feb 12, 2004
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