Ninety years ago today, three of Hollywood’s leading actors, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., joined up with influential director D.W. Griffith to found a new film company, United Artists (UA). By forming their own production company, the foursome would exercise control over the making and distribution of their movies. Exactly 17 years later, on February 5, 1936, Chaplin’s Modern Times was released through the studio. The film also starred Paulette Goddard, Chaplin’s wife at the time. UA has changed hands a few times since then, and is currently a subsidiary of MGM Studios.
In glorious black and white.