First National Exhibitor's Book (First National, 1927-28). Exhibitor's Book (9.75" X 12.5"). First National was founded in 1917 as an association of independent theater owners who, reacting to the overwhelming market dominance and control exerted by Paramount, banded together first to exhibit and distribute films, and later to actually produce them. They made the first million-dollar deals in the history of motion pictures with Mary Pickford and Charles Chaplin, and quickly became a force with which to be reckoned. By 1924, they were actively producing films, and by 1926 they built their own studios in Burbank. Warner Brothers purchased a majority interest in the studio in 1928, but it wasn't until First National formally dissolved in 1936 that the two were formally combined. From 1941 until 1958, most WB films bore the Warner Bros.-First National logo. Offered here is a marvelous exhibitors book from the 1927-28 season -- when First National was at the height of its power -- spotlighting some of their biggest stars. Within the pages of this classic can be found such important names as Norma Talmadge, Ken Maynard, Colleen Moore, Richard Barthlemess, Harry Langdon, Mary Astor, and Anna Q. Nilsson in wonderful, full-color advertisements for upcoming films. The book is in superb condition, with only the slightest surface scuffing and light overall wear keeping it from an even higher grade. Near Mint.

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