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Harry Cohn, who ran the company until his death in 1958, founded Columbia Pictures in 1924. Cohn was responsible for developing such stars as Rita Hayworth and the Three Stooges and for hiring director Frank Capra. In 1968 Columbia Pictures was reorganized as Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. with Columbia Pictures as a major division.

From the description of Columbia Pictures records, 1934-1974. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 46542525

American distribution and production corporation for motion pictures.

From the description of Pressbook, 1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122630401

Columbia Pictures started out as one of the small movie production companies on Hollywood’s Poverty Row. Like many other enterprises in the area, Columbia specialized in cheap B movies, thrillers, and Westerns. The studio was run successfully and autocratically by Harry Cohn until his death in 1959. The famous director Frank Capra made twenty-six films for the studio. Some of them were award winning.

Harry Cohn worked for some years in a variety of entry level jobs, until he made connections with his brother Jack and Carl Laemmle, the head of Universal studios. After starting from scratch with his brother and another partner he eventually founded the Columbia Pictures company in 1924. By the 1940’s Columbia Pictures had become a gold mine. Cohn was responsible for the development of Rita Hayworth and many other stars, including The Three Stooges. He frequently fought with his brother who tried to oust him in 1932, but failed. Cohn was noted for his ruthlessness and vulgarity, and he was one of the most feared and hated persons in Hollywood. He savored his evil reputation and was known as “Harry the Horror” and “White Fang.”

From the guide to the Columbia Pictures records, 1929-1974, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

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creatorOf Kaufman, Robert. Getting straight : screenplay, 1969 June 23 / by Robert Kaufman. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Hawks, William B. Telegram : Los Angeles, to Pare Lorentz, 1938 Mar. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Stanley Kubrick Archive, c1945-2002 University of the Arts, London
creatorOf Segal, Erich, 1937-2010. R.P.M. : screenplay, 1969 Nov. 3 / by Erich Segal. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Columbia Pictures. Pressbook, 1978. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Raines, Halsey. Halsey Raines papers, 1934-1978. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Columbia Pictures. Columbia Pictures records, 1934-1974. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hackford, Taylor, 1945-. White nights : choreographic notes used by Twyla Tharp in creating the choreography for the movie, 1985. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Sargent, Alvin. An exile : screenplay, 1969 Jan. 28 / by Alvin Sargent. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Jones, James, 1921-1977. James Jones collection, 1953-1978. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Morros, Boris, 1891-1963. Correspondence, 1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
referencedIn Biography: Melvyn Douglas, 1972-1980 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Welles, Orson, 1915-1985. Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles in The lady from Shanghai : from a novel by Sherwood King. Screenplay by Orson Welles / produced and directed by Orson Welles. Ralph M. Besse Library, Ursuline College
creatorOf Ravetch, Irving. The gay place : screenplay, 1964 Apr. 15 / by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. ; from a novel by William Brammer. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Fort Devens Film Collection, ca. 1940-1971 : Guide. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Levitt, Saul. The war lover : screenplay, 1961 Jan. 9 / by Saul Levitt. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Shavelson, Melville, 1917-2007. A shipment of tarts : screenplay, 1969 Feb. 19 / by Melville Shavelson and Mort Lachman. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Kinoy, Ernest. Buck and the preacher : screenplay, 1970 Nov. 23 / by Ernest Kinoy. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Ken Harper papers, 1972-1988 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Photographs of motion pictures and television programs, 1915-1999. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Loeb, Lee. Lee Loeb papers, 1926-1965. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Simon, Neil. Seems Like Old Times : screenplay and shooting call, 1980 April. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
referencedIn Seems Like Old Times : screenplay and shooting call, 1980 April University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf Brooks, James L.,. I'll do anything : music scores used by Twyla Tharp in creating the choreography for the movie, 1994. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Warren Skaaren Papers TXRC95-A94., 1946-1991, (bulk 1970-1990) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Ravetch, Irving. Murphy's romance / by Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Semple, Lorenzo. The Valentine estate : screenplay, 1969 Apr. 25 / by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and Larry Cohen ; based on the novel by Stanley Ellin. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Foote, Horton. The traveling lady, 1963 Aug. 24 / by Horton Foote ; producers, Alan J. Pakula, Robert Mulligan ; director, Robert Mulligan. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Niss, Stanley. Pendulum, 1968 Mar. 11 / produced by Stanley Niss ; directed by George Schaefer ; written by Stanley Niss. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Ackerman family. Papers, 1895-1971. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Columbia Pictures records, 1929-1974 Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Jones, James, 1921-1977. James Jones collection, 1953-1978. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Murder by Death : screenplay and shooting calls, 1975 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Columbia Pictures publicity photographs for Spirit of Stanford, 1942. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Link, William. The silencers : screenplay, 1965 May 24 / by William Link and Richard Levenson. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Thom, Robert, 1930-. The happening : a screenplay, [1967?] / by Robert Thom. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Milton Caniff Collection, 1805-2007, 1910-1988 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
creatorOf Friedman, Bruce Jay, 1930-. The owl and the pussycat : screenplay, [1970?] / by Bruce Jay Friedman ; based on the play by Bill Manhoff. Ohio State University Libraries
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associatedWith Hawks, William B. person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
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associatedWith Kaufman, Robert. person
associatedWith Kinoy, Ernest. person
associatedWith Kubrick, Stanley person
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associatedWith Loeb, Lee. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Milton Caniff person
associatedWith Morros, Boris, 1891-1963. person
associatedWith Niss, Stanley. person
associatedWith Raines, Halsey. person
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associatedWith Sargent, Alvin. person
associatedWith Segal, Erich, 1937-2010. person
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associatedWith Shavelson, Melville, 1917-2007. person
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correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985. person
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