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Logo descriptions by codyfinke and Sagan Blob
Logo captures by Eric S., Stephen Cezar, Livin', and Supermarty-o
Editions by Martin V.B.
Video captures courtesy of dodgers729 and CTHimes01


Background: National General Corporation has its roots as "National Theatres, Inc." in 1952, when an anti-trust decree forced 20th Century-Fox to spin-off its exhibition holdings. By the early 1960s, National Theatres became a diversified company, National General Corporation. Its operations ranged from insurance to real estate. In 1965, National General signed a deal to produce for Columbia Pictures Corporation. After their original deal expired in 1967, National General signed an exclusive distribution deal with the then-new CBS motion picture production subsidiary, Cinema Center Films. When the company failed to acquire Warner Bros.-Seven Arts in 1969, the unit eventually closed, distributing films until 1973. National General sold the former Fox movie theaters to Ted Mann. Today, the in-house productions are at the hands of
Warner Bros., while the Cinema Center Films productions are now with CBS. National General Corp., out of the movie business, was sold to the American Financial Group, Inc. in 1974.


1st Logo
(1960s-1970)
National General Corp. (1968)National General


Nickname: "NGC I", "Merging Gs"

Logo: On a red background, four Gs, one moving down from the top, another moving up from the bottom, another moving right from the left, and another moving left from the right, merging into one "G". Then the letters "nc" fade inside the "G". Then "NATIONAL GENERAL CORPORATION" appears under it.

FX/SFX: The joining of the Gs.

Music/Sounds: A bombastic fanfare not unlike the 20th Century Fox jingle. Sometimes it is silent, or has the opening audio to the film.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Twisted Nerve, the drum fanfare from British Lion plays over the logo. It actually works quite well with the logo, if only it was synched properly.

Availability
: Extremely rare. Was seen on National General Releases of this period, but is sometimes plastered by the current Warner Bros logo. However it is preserved on The Stalking Moon, Charro, Twisted Nerve and Daddy's Gone a Hunting!

Scare Factor
: Low to medium. The loud fanfare may get to some.



2nd Logo
(1970-1971)
National General Corporation - CLG WikiNational General 1973

Nicknames: "NGC II", "Spinning Arrow-like Lines"

Logo: On a sky blue or red background, we see many brass lines, looking like a wheel, spinning, which zooms in. It stops zooming, a "G" appears. Then the wheel disappears, and then "nc" zoom in, located inside the "G". Then "NATIONAL GENERAL CORPORATION" appears under it.

FX/SFX: The lines spinning, the G zooming, the golden "N" and "C" forming between the G, and the text fading in.

Music/Sounds: Unlike the last logo, this one is silent or has the opening audio to the film.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the original U.S. theatrical release of Latitude Zero, it has opening tanko drums. It actually plastered over the Toho logo on this release. The Toho logo was retained on the Toyko Shock DVD while retaining the drums, possibly due to Tokyo Shock using the original japanese print.

Availability: Extremely rare. Again, like the first logo, it was seen on releases of this period and is usually plastered by any of the newer WB logos. Currently preserved on The Baby Maker, and Jaclyn Fields.

Scare Factor: Low.


3rd logo
(1972)

National General Pictures 1970s (Opening variant)National General Pictures 1970s (Ending Version)

Logo:
  • Opening: On a blue BG, we see "NATIONAL GENERAL PICTURES" with "Presents" below.
  • Closing: Same idea as the opening version, but with "Released by" above the text, and the "G" with "nc" inside it below replacing "Presents".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None for the opening variant, while the closing theme from the movie on the closing variant.

Availability: Near extinction. Was seen on GoodTimes DVD of Fists of Fury, which uses the original U.S. theatrical print of the movie.

Scare Factor: None, unless the closing theme on the closing variant may startle you.




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