The Film Booking Offices of America , or FBO , was an American production studio during the era of silent film . This company produced most of the time low budget movies. His trade began with Robertson-Cole, the US division of the British import-export company. Robertson-Cole initiated film production in 1920 ; two years later, they reorganized under the name of the FBO. In 1923 , the studio contracted with Western actor Fred Thomson , who will become one of Hollywood’s most popular actors.
The company, headquartered in a small American city, also produced romantic melodramas, action films, and comedy shorts. In 1928 , thanks to the RCA Photophone , the FBO became the second studio to release a feature film. In October 1928, RCA, which had bought FBO in Kennedy announced the merger of FBO and Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) which marks the birth of RKO Pictures .
History of the studio
Creation and identity
The company that will later become FBO begins as an American subsidiary to the British company importing, exporting and distributing films Robertson-Cole Pictures. RC Pictures arrives for the first time on the American market of film distribution and installs its headquarters in New York . In 1919, the company teamed up with Exhibitors Mutual Distributing, from Mutual Film studio . The first feature film produced by RC Pictures is The Wonder Man , directed by John G. Adolfi and with Georges Carpentier , released May 29, 1920. At the time of his debut in production, Robertson-Cole moved into a five-and-a-half-acre studio in the Colegrove district of Los Angeles , then adjacent to, but soon to be included in Hollywood . In January 1921, Robertson-Cole absorbed Hallmark Pictures who acquired Exhibitors Mutual a year earlier. The first official production shot at the new studio was released in February 1921; this is The Mistress of Shenstone by Henry King and Pauline Frederick . The same year, the British rulers of the studio began working with Joseph P. Kennedy , father of the 35 th President of the United States John F. Kennedy . Joseph Kennedy is then a broker at a New York bank, as well as the owner of Maine-New Hampshire Theaters, a small chain of movie theaters. Although he failed to make the sale that RC’s associates wanted, Kennedy’s involvement in the studio is far from over.
Kennedy takes orders
Arrival of the sound cinema
- 1926 : Going the Limit by Chester Withey