B maker earned high A’s

Los Angeles Times - - At The Movies - Su­san King

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.

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