Knowledge Identifier: &United_Artists
Al Lichtman - He was president of Preferred Pictures in 1923 and became sales manager at United Artists in 1927
Norma Talmadge - In 1924, Schenck had moved over to head United Artists, but Talmadge still had a distribution contract with First National
Mack Swain - He is remembered for his role as "Big Jim McKay" in the 1925 film "The Gold Rush", for United Artists, written by and starring Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin - There is evidence that Chaplin and Keaton, who both got their start in vaudeville, thought highly of one another: Keaton stated in his autobiography that Chaplin was the greatest comedian that ever lived, and the greatest comedy director, whereas Chaplin welcomed Keaton to United Artists in 1925, advised him against his disastrous move to MGM in 1928, and for his last American film, Limelight, wrote a part specifically for Keaton as his first on-screen comedy partner since 1915.
Lois Weber - In November 1926, Weber joined United Artists to direct a comedy film called "Topsy and Eva" based on a popular play of that name written by Catherine Chisholm Cushing and featuring the Duncan Sisters in blackface
Gloria Swanson - In 1927, she decided to turn down a million dollar a year contract with Paramount to join the newly-created United Artists, where she was her own boss and could make the films she wanted, with whom she wanted, and when.
Mary Nolan - She made "Sorrell and Son" for United Artists in 1927, but her film career declined afterwards
Hugo Riesenfeld - From 1928 to 1930, he was General Music Director of United Artists
Norma Talmadge - On March 29, 1929, at the bungalow of Mary Pickford, United Artists brought together Talmadge, Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore, Dolores del Río and D.W. Griffith to speak on the radio show "The Dodge Brothers Hour" to prove that Griffith could meet the challenge of talking movies
Samuel Goldwyn - Throughout the 1930s, Goldwyn released all his films through United Artists, but beginning in 1941, and continuing almost through the end of his career, Goldwyn released his films through RKO Radio Pictures
Schenck resigned in 1933 to organize a new company with Darryl F. Zanuck, Twentieth Century Pictures, which soon provided four pictures a year to UA's schedule
David O. Selznick - In 1935 he realized that goal by forming Selznick International Pictures and distributing his films through United Artists
Dead End Kids - The Kids were all signed to two-year contracts, allowing for possible future films, and began working on the 1937 United Artists' film, "Dead End"
Independent film - By the late 1940s, United Artists had virtually ceased to exist as either a producer or distributor
Carole Landis - Her breakthrough role was as the female lead in the 1940 film "One Million B.C.", with United Artists
Shirley Temple - "Miss Annie Rooney" followed for United Artists in 1942, but it too was unsuccessful
James Cagney - Cagney announced in March 1942 that he and brother William were setting up Cagney Productions to release films though United Artists.
Hal Roach - United Artists continued to release Roach's streamliners through 1943
Eleanor Powell - She danced in a giant pinball machine in "Sensations of 1945" for United Artists, but this picture was a critical and commercial disappointment
Jean Rogers - Her final appearance was a supporting role in the suspense film "The Second Woman", made in 1950 by United Artists
Cy Endfield - It was with the 1950 film noir "The Underworld Story", an independent production released through United Artists, that Endfield first came to critical and studio attention
Spyros Skouras - Spyros was a major stockholder of 20th Century Fox. In the 1950s he, together with his brothers, controlled 20th Century Fox, National Theaters, Fox West Coast Theaters, United Artists Theaters, Skouras Theaters, Magna Corp, and Todd AO
Vera Caspary - Their films were contracted to United Artists, and when United Artists went into bankruptcy and restructuring in 1950, the films of Gloria Films were tied up in litigation and the couple lost everything
Independent film - Meanwhile, in 1951, lawyers-turned-producers Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin had made a deal with the remaining stockholders of United Artists which would allow them to make an attempt to revive the company and, if the attempt was successful, buy it after five years
George Skouras - In 1952 George joined United Artists with Michael Todd and Joe Schenck, former president of Twentieth Century Fox, in order to form the Magna Theatre Corporation for production and distribution of Todd-AO films
Wesley Ruggles - An abridged version was released in the U.S. under the title "My Heart Goes Crazy" by United Artists in 1953
Warner Bros. - In the wake of United Artists successful 3D film "Bwana Devil", he decided to expand into 3D films with the studio's 1953 film "House of Wax"
Bela Lugosi - Following his treatment, Lugosi made one final film, in late 1955, "The Black Sleep", for Bel-Air Pictures, which was released in the summer of 1956 through United Artists with a promotional campaign that included several personal appearances
Independent film - The attempt was a success, and in 1955 United Artists became the first "studio" without an actual studio
Jeff Chandler (actor) - In 1957 Chandler left Universal and signed a contract with United Artists
Alan Dale (singer) - In 1957 he resumed his shuttling from one record label to another, going to ABC, MGM, and United Artists
Robert Altman - The film, titled The Delinquents, made for $60,000, was purchased by United Artists for $150,000, and released in 1957.
Ted Berkman - He wrote two more screenplays during the decade including United Artists "Edge of Fury" in 1958 and "Girl in the Night" for Warner Brothers in 1960
Don Costa - It was at this time in late 1959 that Costa, along with Lawrence and Gorme, left ABC to join the United Artists label as A&R Director
In 1960, United Artists purchased Ziv Television Programs and, using the idea of financial backing for television, UA's television division was responsible for shows such as CBS's "Gilligan's Island" and three ABC programs, "The Fugitive" with David Janssen, "Outer Limits", a science fiction series, and "The Patty Duke Show" with Patty Duke and William Schallert
Ziv Television Programs - In 1960 the company was purchased by United Artists and merged with UA's own television company to become Ziv-United Artists
Bob Peak - United Artists studio hired Peak in 1961 to design the poster images for the film "West Side Story"
Ziv Television Programs - In 1962, the name reverted to United Artists Television after UA phased out the name Ziv Productions
Rex Reason - The film began as a WB project, but was completed as an independent film, and was released by United Artists in 1962
In 1963 United Artists released two Stanley Kramer films, the epic comedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and the drama "A Child is Waiting"
Jack Sahakian - Being a hairdresser to the stars, such as Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, this led to small roles in a couple movies, Billy Wilder's "Irma la Douce" starring Jack Lemmon and MacLaine for United Artists and "Move Over, Darling" starring Doris Day and James Garner for 20th Century Fox, both released in 1963
In 1964 UA released the controversial Billy Wilder American-made film "Kiss Me, Stupid" under the Lopert name
Samantha Jones (singer) - In 1964, with the help of producer Charles Blackwell, Owen embarked on a solo career and signed with the international record label United Artists, who gave her the stage name Samantha Jones
Juggy Murray - In 1968 Murray sold his Sue masters and publishing houses, Saturn and Sagittarius, to United Artists
The Secret of Santa Vittoria - "'The Secret of Santa Vittoria"' is a 1969 film , and distributed by United Artists
Independent film - Until his so-called "retirement" as a director in 1971 he would produce up to seven movies a year, matching and often exceeding the five-per-year schedule that the executives at United Artists had once thought impossible
The Manchurian Candidate (1962 film) - Sinatra's representatives acquired rights to the film in 1972 after the initial contract with United Artists expired, but he later stated that he was unaware of the transaction at the time
Charlie L. Russell - Russell later adapted the play into a film, which was released by United Artists in 1973
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - With the decline in output, Kerkorian closed MGM's sales and distribution offices in 1973 and outsourced those functions to United Artists
Mike Medavoy - In 1974, United Artists brought Medavoy in as senior vice president of production
Apocalypse Now - Coppola spent the last few months of 1975 revising Milius' script and negotiating with United Artists to secure financing for the production
Bobby Womack - Womack continued to record albums with United Artists through 1975 and 1976 but with less success than previous albums
The Hobbit - In 1976 United Artists sold the rights to Saul Zaentz Company, who trade as Tolkien Enterprises
Carrie (1976 film) - The soundtrack album was originally released on vinyl in 1976 under the United Artists label
In 1977, Gaylord Entertainment Company acquired WUAB.
Ralph Bakshi - Viewing "The Lord of the Rings" as a holiday film, United Artists pressured Bakshi to complete it on schedule for its intended November 15, 1978, release
Samantha Sang - Her third album, "From Dance to Love" was released by United Artists in 1979
Kirk Kerkorian - In 1979, Kerkorian issued a statement claiming that MGM was now primarily a hotel company; however, he managed to expand the overall film library and production system with the purchase of United Artists from Transamerica in 1981, becoming MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Apocalypse Now - He convinced United Artists executives to delay the premiere from May 1979 to October 1978
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - The company hit a symbolic low point in 1980 when David Begelman, earlier let go by Columbia following the discovery of his acts of forgery and embezzlement, was installed as MGM's President and CEO. Kerkorian did, however, commit to increased production and an expanded film library when he bought United Artists in 1981
Friz Freleng - "The Pink Panther" and the other original DePatie-Freleng series would remain in production through 1980, with new cartoons produced for simultaneous Saturday morning broadcast and United Artists theatrical release
Heaven's Gate (film) - On June 26, 1980, Cimino previewed a work print for executives at United Artists that reportedly ran a staggering five hours and twenty-five minutes , which Cimino said was "about 15 minutes longer than the final cut would be
The Right Stuff (film) - Eventually Goldman quit the project in August 1980 and United Artists pulled out
Some Like It Hot - In 1981, after the worldwide success of the French drag comedy "La Cage aux Folles", United Artists re-released "Some Like It Hot" to theatres
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - MGM proceeded to get back into theatrical distribution in 1981 with its purchase of United Artists, as UA's parent company Transamerica Corporation decided to let go of the studio following the failure of "Heaven's Gate"
Orion Pictures - In 1983, Orion Pictures introduced art-house division Orion Classics with executives who had previously run United Artists Classics
Anthony Heinsbergen - High profile work of this type includes murals for the Wiltern Theatre, the Oakland Paramount Theater, the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California, and the United Artists flagship theatre in downtown Los Angeles , plus the vaulted ceiling of the city's Park Plaza Hotel which can be seen in the opening sequences of the 1990 David Lynch film "Wild at Heart"
David Heyman - In the late 80's, he became Vice President of United Artists and subsequently embarked on an independent producing career with his first film, "Juice" in 1992, followed by the cult "stoner" film "The Stoned Age" and others
MGM was sold by Credit Lyonnais in 1996, again to Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda, resulting in the departure of Calley as UA president
In 1999, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola attempted to buy UA from Kerkorian
UA hired Bingham Ray, who previously founded October Films, to run the company in September 2001, and under his supervision produced and distributed many "art-house" films, among them Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine"; 2002's "Nicholas Nickleby" and the winner of that year's Academy award for Best Foreign Language Film, "No Man's Land"; and 2004's "Undertow", directed by David Gordon Green, and Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda", a co-production of UA and Lions Gate Entertainment
Lionsgate Films - And in 2004, for the first time ever, Lions Gate joined forces with independent rival United Artists in producing "Hotel Rwanda"
On August 14, 2008, MGM announced Paula Wagner will leave United Artists to produce films independently
Raging Bull - In July 2012, MGM, owners of United Artists, filed a lawsuit against LaMotta and the producers of "Raging Bull II" to keep the new film from being released
By August 2018, MGM relaunched the United Artists brand as a digital production and distribution company aimed at creating original motion pictures, television programs, short-form content and digital series as well as building upon MGM's existing IP for distribution across digital platforms