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History

Around 1918, during the heyday of the Model T, and the beginning of the film boom, Jesse D. Hampton built a simple film studio at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

Little did he know that his small studio would be passed to some of the greatest influences in film.

1920s

Mary Pickford and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, purchase Jesse Hampton Studios and establish Pickford-Fairbanks Studios (‘22), later to be renamed United Artists (‘27).

Pollyanna

1920

When Pollyanna is orphaned, she is sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly. Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her aunt. But Pollyanna's incurable optimism - exemplified by her "glad game," in which she looks for the bright side of every situation - bring a change to the staid old community.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Wharton James, Katherine Griffith, Helen Jerome Eddy

Director: Paul Powell

Genre: Family, Comedy, Drama

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Robin Hood

1922

Amid big-budget medieval pageantry, King Richard goes on the Crusades leaving his brother Prince John as regent, who promptly emerges as a cruel, grasping, treacherous tyrant. Apprised of England's peril by message from his lady-love Marian, the dashing Earl of Huntingdon endangers his life and honor by returning to oppose John, but finds himself and his friends outlawed, and Marian apparently dead. Enter Robin Hood, acrobatic champion of the oppressed, laboring to set things right through swash buckling feats and cliffhanging perils!

Starring: Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett

Director: Allan Dwan

Genre: Adventure, Romance, Family

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Rosita

1923

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Starring: Mary Pickford, Holbrook Blinn, Irene Rich, George Walsh

Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Raoul Walsh

Genre: Romance, Comedy

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The Thief of Bagdad

1924

A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Julanne Johnston

Director: Raoul Walsh

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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Coquette

1929

A flirtatious southern belle is compromised with one of her beaus.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis

Director: Sam Taylor

Genre: Drama, Romance

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The Taming of the Shrew

1929

In sixteenth century Padua, Hortensio loves Bianca, the youngest daughter of Baptista. But Baptista will not allow the two to get married until his eldest daughter, the extremely headstrong Katherine, is betrothed. This task seems impossible because of Katherine's shrewish demeanor. They believe their prayers have been answered with the arrival from Verona of the lusty Petruchio, whose father has just passed, leaving him to travel the world and marry. Having not yet met her, Petruchio agrees to court Katherine when he is told of her beauty and wit. Petruchio is even more excited at the prospect of marrying this wildcat of a woman after meeting her. Katherine will have none of it, even if it means her sister's spinsterhood, but has no choice but to marry him. Beyond the fact of the marriage itself, Katherine is even more irked by Petruchio's less than conventional behavior at the ceremony and post ceremony bridal feast. Each starts to play what they consider sly games of oneupsmanship with each other to gain the upper hand in the marriage.

Starring: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Edwin Maxwell, Joseph Cawthorn

Director: Sam Taylor

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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