I am a little confused by the advertisements for the celebration of Paramount's 100 year anniversary.
©Paramount Pictures and © Vanity Fair - <-Click for larger image
While doing research on this issue, I read that Paramount SOLD OFF most of their pre-1948 filmography to MCA (Which merged with Universal in 1958) for Tv-right profits in 1955. they kept a handful of silents and a few Sturges films, but apparently none of the studios thought these nitrate-based stocks were worth anything and those that weren't trashed or torched were left to rot in warehouses. Oh, the humanity.
© Paramount PicturesOn this poster there are only 9 films portrayed pre-1960 (you can find the whole list and bigger pic here). Is it the rights issue? Surely there could've been a deal worked out with Universal for this event. Or is it they think no one is interested in older films? It seems more and more of my peers are becoming interested in classic films due to the lack of substance in current releases. Someone's not paying attention.