Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios
Lewis Street • Fort Lee, NJ.
—Film History Was Made Here —
Jules Brulatour, who had earned a fortune as the agent for George Eastman’s motion picture film, built the Peerless studio on Lewis Street in 1914. It was the original home of the World Film Corporation, which Brulatour formed with William Brady and the Shubert brothers, Broadway impresarios interested in the new concept of feature length films.
They installed Lewis J. Selznick as general manager, and took over most of the technical staff that had been working next door at the old Éclair studio, notably directors Maurice Tourneur and Emile Chautard. Films made here included Tourneur’s “The Wishing Ring” (1914) with Vivian Martin, as well as “Wildfire” (1915) with Lillian Russell and Lionel Barrymore, and “Camille” (1915) with Clara Kimball Young, directed by Albert Capellani. The studio was leased to independent producers after World ceased production in 1919.
Later known as Fort Lee Studios, it was renamed Metropolitan Sound Studios after talkies arrived. Various ethnic, racial, and religious groups, ignored by Hollywood, produced films of their own here in the early days of sound, including “Uncle Moses” (1932), starring Maurice Schwartz, “Corianton”
Location. 40° 51.35′ N, 73° 58.431′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Lewis Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Constitution Park in Fort Lee. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (within shouting distance of this marker); F. F. Fred Cavaliere (within shouting distance of this marker); American Éclair Studios (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willat/Fox & Triangle Studios (about 400 feet away); Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Solax Studios (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
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Along the bottom of the marker are a series of pictures featuring Faces of World & Metropolitan Studios. These include Lewis J. Selznick (General Manager), Alice Brady (Actress), Maurice Tourneur (Director), Lionel Barrymore (Actor), Madge Evans (Actress), Oscar Micheaux (Producer/Director), Maurice Schwartz (Actor), and Clara Kimball Young (Actress).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.