Welcome to The Republic Pictures Blogathon. Over the weekend, we’ll be celebrating the studio’s incredible talent roster, wonderful output and lasting legacy. This page will serve as its hub, and you’ll be able to reach all the posts here. Keep checking back.
One of my earliest movie memories, maybe the earliest, is of a 16mm print of John Ford’s Rio Grande (1950). So Republic has always been a huge part of my movie world.
It was formed by combining a number of the Poverty Row studios, and the goal of its head, Herbert J. Yates, was always commerce over art. So in a way, it’s surprising their films displayed the level of craftsmanship that they did. That craft may be what, in the end, sets them apart. After all, there were lots and lots of B Westerns and serials out there. But there’s a polish to a Republic picture — from the camerawork to the editing to those wonderful special effects to the performances to the stunts, that’s very special. It’s easy to see why their films are still so popular. If only they were readily available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Over the next few days, we have plenty to celebrate. The cowboy movies. The serials. The crime pictures. And on and on. Some great movie bloggers have saddled up or strapped on their rocket suit to be a part of this whole deal — and I really appreciate their efforts. This should be fun, folks!
Click on the images below to be linked to the appropriate blog.
Angel And The Badman (1947) – The Round Place In The Middle
Ride The Man Down (1952) – 50 Westerns From The 50s
City That Never Sleeps (1953) – Speakeasy
Radar Men From The Moon (1952) – The Hannibal 8
The Fabulous Texan (1947) – Blake Lucas at 50 Westerns From The 50s
Hoodlum Empire (1952) – Jerry Entract at The Hannibal 8
Jubilee Trail (1954) – Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings
Rock Island Trail (1950) and California Passage (1950) – The Horn Section
The Outcast (1954) – Jerry Entract at 50 Westerns From The 50s
Blackmail (1947) – John Knight at The Hannibal 8
Angel And The Badman (1947) – Thoughts All Sorts
The Red Pony (1949) – Caftan Woman
Dakota Incident (1956) – Riding The High Country