Columbia Pictures Corporation

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Item# 82pu


Stock Certificate, issued/canceled
American Bank Note Company
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Columbia Pictures was founded in 1920 by Harry & Jack Cohn, and gave us a mixture of B-movies (like the Three Stooges movies) and such classic feature films as Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" (1939) and his "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1934).

Other Columbia gems included "Born Yesterday" (1950), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "On The Waterfront" (1954), "The Caine Mutiny" (1954), "Picnic" (1955) "Bell, Book & Candle" (1958), "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963), "Dr. Strangelove," and "Fail Safe" (1964). In later years, they brought us "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), "Oliver! " (1968), "Funny Girl" (1968). The stars of those films included Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Holiday, William Holden, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Henry Fonda, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Barbra Streisand.

Unlike M-G-M, which was a star's studio, Columbia borrowed most of its stars from other studios. When M-G-M wanted to punish their actors, they used to loan their stars to Columbia. In one instance, the honchos at M-G-M thought they were "punishing" a young Clark Gable when they exiled him to Columbia to make a "minor picture" called "It Happened One Night" - the hit movie that made Gable a star.

The studio was also deep into television production. Classic 60's TV shows formerly taped at the Sunset-Gower lot include "I Dream of Jeannie" (with Barbara Eden), "Bewitched" (with Elizabeth Montgomery) and "The Flying Nun" (with Sally Field).

In 1972, Columbia left its Hollywood studios at Sunset & Gower (to save money) and moved over the hill to the San Fernando Valley, where they shared "Burbank Studios" with Warner Brothers.

In their new Burbank location, Columbia made "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "The Way We Were" (1973), "Shampoo (1975), "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), "The China Syndrome" (1979), "The Blue Lagoon" (1980), "Tootsie" (1982), and "The Karate Kid" (1988). The new stars there included Cybill Shepherd, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, and Brooke Shields.

Eventually, Columbia was bought by Sony Entertainment of Japan.

The famous “Columbia Lady” logo first appeared in 1924, and though multiple models have come forward over the years and claimed to have posed as the original lady, Columbia Pictures themselves says they have no records or documentation to verify any of the claims.

Various version of the “Columbia Lady” adorned the logo until 1975, when the Columbia Lady was dropped altogether and replaced with a simple sunburst representing the beams from her torch. She returned in 1989 however, smoother in appearance and with much less detail. "Columbia" became "Columbia Pictures" on either side of the base of her pedestal, and in a less conspicuous rounded font. Some even described the lady's smoother body shape as resembling a Coke bottle. (Coca-Cola had bought the studio in 1982.)

2000: Acquired by Viacom.

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