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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 —

 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2012
1. World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios Marker
Inscription.
          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
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By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2012
2. World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios Marker
(1931), a Mormon religious spectacle, and several Italian-language features. African-American producer Oscar Micheaux made some of his most important films at the Metropolitan. When it caught fire in 1958, the studio was again being used by the Shuberts, this time as a theatrical warehouse.
 
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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By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2012
3. Marker in Constitution Park
on the marker, including a photo of Set builders of World preparing sets for Ziegfeld’s “Black Panther’s Club” (1921), a Glass slide of World’s production of “RASPUTIN” (1918), a Lobby card for Edgar G. Ulmer’s “MR. BROADWAY” (1933), a sketch of The original floor plan of World/Peerless Studios, and a poster for The first talking version of “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” (1931) filmed at Metropolitan.
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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By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2012
4. Constitution Park
The World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios marker is located in Constitution Park in Fort Lee.
 
 
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 502 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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