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Starting in Films

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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2012
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May 2012
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9780813134222
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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the fall of 1910 Ince found himself in New York hunting for a job. He had $10 in his pocket, with $8 rent due on his Harlem apartment and now also he had not only a wife but also a child to ... More


Introduction

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0001
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter begins with details surrounding Thomas Ince's death at the height of his career on November 19, 1924, which sparked a flurry of misinformation that continues to the present. ... More


Initial Distribution beyond First National, 1923

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0016
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the final two years of Thomas Ince's career, First National was to become steadily less central, only one among several distribution outlets. One of the key concessions as a result of the ... More


Epilogue

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0019
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

Upon Thomas Ince's death on November 19, 1924, the studio shut down only briefly, to ensure that employees would not suffer from being thrown out of work. However, by the end of November, eighty-five ... More


The Steady Hum of Independent Production, 1924

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0018
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

Learning from the initial experiences of distribution beyond First National with Metro and Film Booking Offices (FBO), Thomas Ince shifted further toward distribution that offered possibilities for ... More


Stage Apprenticeship

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0002
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

Thomas Ince first appeared on the stage in New York at the Stanford Theater in Seven Ages, as a second to the star (Henry Dixie) in a comedy boxing match. He then spent two years associated with ... More


The Inevitable Merger, 1921–1922

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0012
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

First National Pictures was created in April 1917 by Thomas Tally and J. D. Williams as a circuit of independent exhibitors who pooled their purchasing power to buy direct from stars and directors, ... More


At the Crossroads, 1923–1924

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0017
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

Even with the releases through Metro and Film Booking Offices, in addition to First National, keeping the lot busy on a rental basis and collecting the payments due remained Ince's primary concern. ... More


The Job of a Producer

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ince was unique among producers for his reputation in collaborating on every script, with a scenario department of only five individuals, unlike other companies employing dozens of scenarists and ... More


The Prescient Failure

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0007
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

On June 18, 1915, the New York Times reported the plan of Harry E. Aitken, president of Mutual Film, to create a chain of theaters stretching across the country devoted to presenting movies at a ... More


Case Study of a Production and Its Personnel: Her Reputation, 1922–1923

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ince's next few releases for First National were a series of contrasts that emphasized the steady progression of his career and films, culminating in his single most personally prescient production, ... More


Associated Producers, 1919–1921

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0011
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

At the beginning of 1919, United Artists had formed with three stars, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin, and a director, D. W. Griffith. On November 8 the same year, Ince ... More


Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

Brian Taves

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.001.0001
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

Thomas H. Ince (1880–1924) turned movie-making into a business enterprise. Progressing from actor to director and screenwriter, he revolutionized the motion picture industry through developing the ... More


The Studio Resumes Production, 1922–1923

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0014
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

After four months of idleness, the Ince studio was ready to begin operating again. Under the new contract, Ince's first release was in September 1922: Skin Deep. The story was inspired by the ... More


The Star Series

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0009
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

Two of Ince's stars for Triangle continued with him, Charles Ray and, most importantly, William S. Hart. Near the end of June 1917 the contract between Ince and Paramount was a key point, noting that ... More


A Fresh Start

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0008
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Film, Television and Radio, Film

On June 26, 1917, Ince signed a distribution contract with Paramount that stipulated he was to produce one to four “special features,” at least 6,000 feet in length and at least four months apart, ... More


World War I and Specials

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The conflict's impact had already been felt in a number of Ince's films for Triangle, most prominently Civilization (1916) and The Zeppelin's Last Raid (1917). These had charted the nation's ... More


War with First National, 1922

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ince was about to begin a struggle to maintain his organization against First National in 1922. The grosses of Associated Producers had halved almost immediately after the merger with First National, ... More


Establishing a Studio

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In a few short years, Ince made the transition from the stage, to motion pictures and pioneer of the new industry, to revolutionizing its structure through the creation of the continuity script and ... More


Generic Experimentation

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer

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2012
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University Press of Kentucky
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10.5810/kentucky/9780813134222.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Ince's willingness to tackle subjects usually avoided by others, and unhesitatingly to do so with skill, was noted by reviewers of the time. One reviewer remarked, “When Mr. Ince has anything to say ... More


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