Sono Art-World Wide Pictures

Sono Art-World Wide Pictures was an American film distribution and production company that operated from 1927 to 1933.[1] Their first feature film was The Rainbow Man (1929), while one of their most prominent was The Great Gabbo (1929) starring Erich von Stroheim and directed by James Cruze for James Cruze Productions, Inc.[2] One of the last films distributed by the company was A Study in Scarlet (1933) starring Reginald Owen as Sherlock Holmes.

For the Billy Graham film production company, see World Wide Pictures. For the UK company, see World Wide Pictures (UK).

Sono Art was also the original U.S. distributor for four Alfred Hitchcock films, Downhill (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), The Manxman (1929), and Blackmail (1929), as well as the British Anna May Wong vehicle Piccadilly (1929).


In 1933, Sono-Art merged with Rayart Pictures to form Monogram Pictures. The original Monogram (including its library) merged into Republic Pictures in 1935; that library is now owned by Paramount Pictures (through Republic), although all Sono Art-World Wide productions have fallen into the public domain.



  1. Slide, Anthony (25 February 2014). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Taylor & Francis. p. 384. ISBN 978-1-135-92561-1.
  2. Pitts, Michael R. (25 July 2005). Poverty Row Studios, 1929–1940. McFarland. pp. 339–358. ISBN 978-1-4766-1036-8.
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