Andrea Kalas, head archivist for Paramount Pictures, presents this compilation of clips from newly preserved movies from the Republic Pictures library, now owned by Paramount. Founded in 1935 as a “Poverty Row” studio (though it made the occasional A picture, like The Quiet Man), Republic is best known for its steady flow of B Westerns and action-packed serials, but it also made musicals, thrillers, comedies, war pictures, and “Quota Quickies” (specifically for the British market) – many rarely seen here since their original release. This program includes astounding excerpts from such Republic gems as Yokel Boy (1942), Rendezvous with Annie (1946), Singing Guns (1950), Born to be Wild (1938) and Man of Conquest (1939), spotlighting rare early work by John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Nathanael West, Allan Dwan and Anthony Mann – and Republic’s two-person special effects team, the Lydecker Brothers. Plus a complete chapter from the Republic serial Tiger Woman. Approx. 90 min.
Andrea is currently serving as President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, a professional organization dedicated to preserving and making discoverable moving images on film, video, and file. She is also experienced in these areas having worked as Vice President of Archives at Paramount Pictures, Head of Preservation at the British Film Institute, Digital Studio Director for Discovery Communications, Archivist for Dreamworks SKG and preservationist and research database expert at UCLA Film and Television Archive. In July of this year she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.