B maker earned high A’s
Back in 1935, Herbert J. Yates founded Republic Pictures, an indie film production-distribution company with its own studio facilities located where CBS/Radford Studios now stands in Studio City. Republic produced mostly B-movies, including westerns with a young John Wayne and such serials as “The Adventures of Captain Marvel” and such classic Wayne films as 1949’s
“Sands of Iwo Jima” and 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” for which John Ford won his fourth directing Oscar.
On Saturday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a free celebration of Republic’s movies at the former lot. Festivities will include screenings of Republic films. Several former Republic stars — including Theodore Bikel, Jane Kean, Joan Leslie, Anne Jeffreys and Jane Withers, among others — will be on hand. www.republicpictures75th.com/home.html
USMC: Republic’s “Iwo Jima,” with John Wayne.