First National Pictures

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Compiled by Eric S.
Logo Pictures by Eric S.

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Background: First National was an association of independent theater owners in the United States that expanded from exhibiting movies to distributing them, and eventually to producing them as a movie studio. It later merged with Warner Bros. In July 1936, stockholders of First National Pictures, Inc. (primarily Warner Bros.) voted to dissolve the corporation and distribute its assets among the stockholders, in line with a new tax law which provided for tax-free consolidations between corporations. From 1941 to 1958, most Warner Bros. films bore the combined trademarks "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture". In 2002, Warner Bros. sold the name's rights to Ryan Kugler of Distribution Video & Audio (DV&A), a company specializing in acquiring excess inventory and close-out properties.

1st Logo

Nickname: "The Silent Chained World"

Logo: We see, on a black/dark brown background, the words "The End" in yellowish-white, and below it is the First National Pictures logo, consisting of a chained globe. Underneath is the words "A FIRST NATIONAL ATTRACTION", also in yellowish-white.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Beyond rare.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo
First National Pictures (1927, RARE?)First National Pictures (1925)
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: "The Chained Globe", "First National Chains", "Looks Like Earth's Trapped"

Logo: On a dark gold background, we see a dark yellow chained globe design (featuring North America), and over it is the words "THE END" in an ugly light gold Copperplate font. Then the words "THE END" fades to "A FIRST NATIONAL PICTURE" in a light gold Times New Roman font.

Variant: Later on, there is a version of the logo in grayscale. The chained globe looks like a model, with the text FIRST NATIONAL PICTURES on it. The words A First National Picture are above it.

FX/SFX: The words "THE END" fading into the company name.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on The Lost World (1925) and cartoon Stomach Problems (1927).

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo

Nickname: "The Chained World", "Vitaphone Chains"

Logo: The words "FIRST NATIONAL PICTURES, INC." appear, and below that "& THE VITAPHONE CORP." appears in a much smaller font, with the "VITAPHONE" using "electric" style letters. Below that is a very small silhouette of North America surrounded with a circle of chains, and inside the continent is "FIRST NATIONAL PICTURES", very small; and in script, "Present". Behind it there is the drawing of a flag, "waving" so it looks like it is in 3 sections. On the first one, "FIRST NATIONAL" Appears, followed by the electric-letter "VITAPHONE" logo and on section 3, "PICTURES".

Closing Title: The closing variation has "The End" instead of "Present".

Trivia: The same logo was used by Warner Bros.

FX/SFX: None.

: The opening of the movie.

: Very rare. Seen rarely on TCM.

Editor's Note
: None.

4th Logo

First National
Nicknames: "Zooming F-N Shield"

Logo: Same as the 1935 Warner Bros. logo, but the inside of the shield contains the jagged letters "F-N".

FX/SFX: Same as the 1935 Warner Bros. logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1935 Warner Bros. logo.

: It's seen on films from the period and occasionally seen on TCM.

Editor's Note

Warner Bros.-First National

1st logo
Warner Bros.-First National

Nicknames: "The British Shield"

Logo: TBA!

FX/SFX: None, it's an still logo.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the movie.

: It's seen on films from the period and occasionally seen on TCM.

Editor's Note: None.