Chesterfield Pictures

Chesterfield Motion Pictures Corporation, generally shortened to Chesterfield Pictures, was an American film production company of the 1920s and 1930s. Its low-budget films were intended as second features, which played on the lower-half of a double bill. The company was headed by George R. Batcheller, and worked in tandem with its sister studio, Invincible, which was led by Maury Cohen.[1] The production company never owned its own studio and so rented space at a variety of other studios, primarily Universal Pictures and RKO.[2]

It was one of a number of Poverty Row studios taken over by Herbert Yates in 1935 and merged into his newly formed Republic Pictures in an attempt to create a dominant low-budget producer with enough power to take on the major studios.[3] Republic was more or less successful in achieving this over the next twenty years.

See also


  1. Conlan, Mark Gabrish (April 16, 2012). "Forgotten (Chesterfield/Invincible/Universal, 1933)". Movie Magg. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  2. Pitts p.83
  3. Balio p.322


  • Balio Tino. Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Entertprise 1930-1939. University of California Press, 1995.
  • Pitts, Michael R. Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland & Company, 2005.

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