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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.

1950s

After a decades-long legal dispute between Pickford and Goldwyn, they are unable to effect a settlement and a judge decrees the studio to be sold at auction. Goldwyn prevails and United Artists becomes Samuel Goldwyn Studios (‘55). A great fire consumes Stage 8, along with the elaborate sets and costumes for “Porgy & Bess” (‘58).

Calamity Jane

1953

Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is largely the abode of men, where Indian scout Calamity Jane is as hard-riding, boastful, and handy with a gun as any; quite an overpowering personality. But the army lieutenant she favors doesn't really appreciate her finer qualities. One of Jane's boasts brings her to Chicago to recruit an actress for the Golden Garter stage. Arrived, the lady in question appears (at first) to be a more feminine rival for the favors of Jane's male friends...including her friendly enemy Wild Bill Hickock.

Starring: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey

Director: David Butler

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

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Lassie: Pilot Episode

1954

Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 24, 1973.

Starring: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart

Guys And Dolls

1955

In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance

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The Frank Sinatra Show

1957

The Frank Sinatra Show is an ABC variety and drama series, starring Frank Sinatra, premiering on October 18, 1957, and last airing on June 27, 1958.

Starring: Frank Sinatra

Genre: Drama, Music

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The Roy Rogers Show

1957

The Double R Ranch featured "The King of the Cowboys" Roy, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "Queen of the West" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet, and even Pat's jeep, Nellybelle.

Starring: Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, Trigger, Pat Brady

Genre: Western

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Sweet Smell of Success

1957

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Genre: Drama, Film-Noir

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Witness for the Prosecution

1957

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Director: Billy Wilder

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Porgy And Bess

1959

In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Director: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

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Some Like It Hot

1959

When two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Director: Billy Wilder

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance

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The Alamo

1960

A small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Starring: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Director: John Wayne

Genre: Adventure, Drama, History

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The Loretta Young Show

1961

A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the seres, she played the lead in various episodes.

Starring: Loretta Young

Genre: Drama

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