Paramount Pictures a centennial tribute

As I readied for the last couple of weeks of 2012 I intended to revisit and re-share a tribute to Paramount Pictures that I’d previously posted.  The great studio celebrated its centennial this year and its legacy deserves attention from movie fans as so much of what they gave us is awesome.   There was one minor problem, however, with my sharing that previous tribute – it didn’t exist, except in my mind.  Although I did post an entry to a blogathon in the studio’s honor, Sunset Blvd…It IS Big, it wasn’t an all-out tribute just an entry dedicated to one of the greatest films ever made, a Paramount Picture.  So I scrambled a bit and here it is a tribute to Paramount…in earnest and in a fashion I use fairly often as I love those posters!

Following is a theatrical poster gallery (for the most part) – a rather random array representing the wonderful films Paramount gave us to enjoy through the years, from the Silent era through the 1950s.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do – they are art.  Mostly of the gorgeous variety.

1912

From July 12, Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth (The Loves of Queen Elizabeth) - Paramount’s first film.

sarah

1914

Cinderella_1914_poster

1916

swmcprgm

1919

don't change your husband 1

Don’t Change Your Husband

1920

1920

jekyll

1921

brewsters-millions-1921-1a4

1922

MoranofLadyLetty

1923

Commandments-1923

1924

lobby

Paramount’s first all-Technicolor feature…

wanderer

1925

madame

1927

Underworld_poster_1927

Winner of the first “Best Picture” Academy Award…

wings

1928

interference

inter

1929

Paramounts last silent film…

four_feathers

1930

Paramount’s first all-Technicolor talkie…

vaga

animal_crackers

1931

dr_jekyll_mr_hyde_poster

1932

one_hour_with_you

farewell

shanghai express_poster1

1933

she_done_him_wrong

1934

cleo

1935

lancer

scrooge

1937

gen

1938

union

1939

The Fleischer brothers’ first animated feature film…

gullivers-travels-poster

1940

First of the Road pictures…

RoadToSingapore_1940

1941

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The Fleischer’s final animated feature film…

691

sullivans-travels-movie-poster-1941-1020417305

1942

holidayinnonesheet

1943

bell

1944

going

double

1945

lost-weekend

1946

blue_dahlia_ver4

1948

foreign

Sorry-Wrong-Number-One-Sheet-Movie-Poster

1949

la_heredera_1949_2

sam

1950

creps

1951

images (23)

images (24)

whenworlds

1952

great

stooge

1953

ShanePoster

war

roman

1954

Paramount’s first film released in “VistaVision,” the studio’s wide-screen film format…

White-Christmas

1955

to-catch-a-thief-poster

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

1956

ten

1958

blob

There you have it – an outstanding collection and an extraordinary legacy for which I am thankful to Paramount Pictures – the laughter, the awe, the stars and the stories.  The studio started 2012 as the top-ranked U.S. studio 100 years after Adolph Zukor founded Paramount Pictures as Famous Players Film Company in 1912, testament to its continued commitment to excellence in entertainment and to its audience.  Congratulations on 100 of quality.  We wouldn’t be the same without you.

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16 replies

  1. Looking forward to ‘Paramount Day’(s) during the 2013 TCM 31 days of Oscar!

  2. This is such a fun, beautiful post. I could stare at these all day, Aurora. Like you said, they are such art. I love seeing so many in one place, this is my kind of gallery :)

  3. A horde of gold. Just watched THE HEIRESS again–better than ever.

  4. These are stunning! I think the posters from the silent era are my faves, although I love the Sunset Boulevard poster you selected, too.

    • Glad you liked this and I loved looking for the silents – a few, sadly, are no longer available as is the case with the films. Many lost forever. I could wallpaper my entire apartment with that Sunset Blvd. (Spanish) poster. Just gorgeous!

      Aurora

  5. These ARE art! How beautiful. It’s especially fun to see the silent movie posters and the ones from other countries. A lot of these films are on TCM this month – especially the Barbara Stanwyck and Ernest Lubitsch ones. Great post!

  6. I t doesn’t sound very ladylike, but, like you, I am also salivating all over my keyboard! Gorgeous, just gorgeous! I want every one of them to hang all over my house! I love the way movie posters exaggerate so much. You know, Aurora, I might just KILL to be able to see Sarah Bernhardt’s Queen Elizabeth. I used to read about her all the time, since I loved stories about old Broadway and the plays. My Dad always called me Sarah Bernhardt because I was of a rather dramatic nature, to put it lightly. Thanks for a beautiful post!

    • Nothing ladylike about my drooling either, Ms. Bernhardt! They’re really amazing. My favorites are the Noir posters for just the reason you mention, the exaggeration. I’m so glad you liked this. I can look at them forever.

      Aurora

  7. Wow, what a fantastic tribute, Aurora! You selected a perfect compilation of posters that pays homage to the wide variety of Paramount pictures. They are also some of the best posters ever created. What a marvelous idea for a post.

    • Thanks so much, Rick. I sometimes feel like a cheat with these types of posts but the posters are just so amazing. And a much truer tribute than anything I can ever write. I’m glad you liked these.

      Aurora

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