Liberty Pictures

Liberty Pictures was an American film production company of the 1930s. Part of Poverty Row, the company produced low-budget B pictures. It was one of two companies controlled by the producer M.H. Hoffman along with Allied Pictures.

The company produced its first film in 1930 Ex-Flame, loosely based on the Victorian novel East Lynne. In 1935 the company was taken over by the larger Republic Pictures.[1] When absorbing the company, Republic adopted the symbolic motif of Liberty Pictures - the Liberty Bell ringing in Philadelphia. This merger constituted an attempt by Herbert Yates to rationalize Poverty Row and create a ninth major studio.

It should not be confused with the later Liberty Films founded by the director Frank Capra.



  1. Pitts p.216


  • 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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