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

Background: National General Corporation origins as a studio started as "National Theatres, Inc." in 1952, when an anti-trust decree forced 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation to spin-off its exhibition holdings. By the early 1960s, National Theatres became a diversified company, National General Corporation, whose operations included insurance and real estate. In 1965, National General signed a deal to produce films for Columbia Pictures. After their original deal expired in 1967, National General signed an exclusive distribution deal with the CBS-owned film production subsidiary, Cinema Center Films. When the company failed to acquire Warner Bros.-Seven Arts in 1969, the film production unit eventually closed, distributing films until 1973. National General sold the former 20th Century-Fox theaters to Ted Mann. Today, the in-house productions are owned by
Warner Bros. Pictures, while the Cinema Center films are owned by successor CBS Films (although Cinema Center does retain the copyright). National General, out of the film industry, was sold to the American Financial Group, Inc. in 1974.

1st Logo
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 similar to the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation fanfare. Sometimes, it is silent or has the opening them/audio to the film.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Twisted Nerve, the drum fanfare from the 1963 British Lion Films logo plays over this logo. It actually works quite well with the logo, if only it was synched better.

: Extremely rare. Was seen on National General films of this time period, but is sometimes plastered by the 1984 or 1998 Warner Bros. Pictures logos. It is preserved on The Stalking Moon, Charro, Twisted Nerve and Daddy's Gone a Hunting! Films produced by Cinema Center Films will go straight to that studio's 1968 logo on current prints, although it is possible that the next logo was the only one from this company used on Cinema Center films.

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

2nd Logo
(August 7, 1968?-August 9, 1972?)
Cinema Center / National General Release

Logo: It is just a credit that says "A CINEMA CENTER FILMS PRESENTATION" with "A NATIONAL GENERAL RELEASE" below it on a blue background.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme.

: Extremely rare. Was seen on films produced by Cinema Center Films, but is usually removed from current prints, although it is preserved on A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Me Natalie used the closing logo from the 1972 logo.

Scare Factor

3rd Logo
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.

Variant: There is a version where the logo says "NATIONAL GENERAL".

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

Music/Sounds: Silent or the opening theme/audio to the film.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the original American theatrical release of Latitude Zero, it has opening tanko drums. It actually plastered over the 1950 Toho Co., Ltd. logo. The Toho logo was retained on the Toyko Shock DVD release while retaining the drums, possibly due to Tokyo Shock using the original Japanese print.

Availability: Extremely rare. Like the first logo, it was seen on films of this period and is usually plastered by the 1984 or 1998 Warner Bros. Pictures logos. Currently preserved on The Baby Maker.

Scare Factor: Low.

4th Logo
National General Pictures 1970s (Opening variant)National General Pictures 1970s (Ending Version)

Logo:On a blue background, we see "NATIONAL GENERAL PICTURES" with "Presents" below.

Closing Logo: Same 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 film on the closing variant.

Availability: Near extinction. Was seen on the 2000 GoodTimes Entertainment DVD release of The Big Boss (originally and also known as Fists of Fury), which uses the original American theatrical print of the film.

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

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