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Background[]

International Pictures, Inc. (also known as International Pictures Corporation) was an independent production company founded in 1944 by businessmen William Goetz & Leo Spitz (some sources also say that actor Gary Cooper and screenwriter Nunally Johnson were also partners). Its films were initially distributed by RKO, but in late 1945, plans were for Universal Pictures to take a 50% stake in International and have its films released through "United World Pictures", a Rank/Universal joint venture that never took off. In 1946, Universal acquired International, thus the former company was renamed "Universal-International", and Goetz became head of production there. The library, however, now belongs to MGM through United Artists.

(1944-1946)[]

Logo: On an aqua blue background, a large medal compass in brass is seen in the center of the screen. In its inscriptions are a globe circled by the beveled white text "INTERNATIONAL PICTURES, INC." alongside two stars separating the words.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, "PICTURES CORPORATION" is used in place of "PICTURES, INC."
  • A black and white variant exists on black and white films. Here, the medal's appearance is altered to stand out better, and the blue background is replaced by static light rays.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Church bells ring throughout the logo's duration. This would later be reused for the Universal-International logo.

Availability: Extremely rare due to the company's short pre-merger lifespan and later plastering by Universal or MGM logos. The color version was spotted on It's a Pleasure, while the black and white version was seen on The Dark Mirror and the Kino Classics release of The Stranger.

Editor's Note: The medal somewhat resembles an eye, which can be off-putting to newer viewers.

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