Anglo-Amalgamated Films (UK)

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Background: Anglo-Amalgamated was founded by Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy in 1945. It produced and distributed many B movies, but also musicals, horror films, and the famous Carry On films, as well as several films from the output of American International Pictures. Anglo-Amalgamated was later bought by EMI in 1971.


1st Logo (1945?-1960?) Anglo-Amalgamated first logoAnglo Amalgamated Film Distributors

Nickname: "Atlas"

Logo: On a cloudy background, we can see a man holding a frame of a globe on his shoulders (possibly that of Greek God Atlas), ascending some stairs. "ANGLO AMALGAMATED" is written in a curved, shadowy style above the globe, and "FILM DISTRIBUTORS LTD" on the globe, while "PRESENTS" is written under the man. The man is naked except for a small piece of cloth hiding the "naughty bits". The logo is in black and white.

Variant: Sometimes, "PRESENTS" is missing from the logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: A majestic horn fanfare. Sometimes, it is silent or has the opening theme of any given film.

Availability: Seen on films of the period, like the early Carry On films andPeeping Tom.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (1961?-1962?) Anglo-Amalgamated second logo

Nickname: "Atlas II"

Logo: Similar to the first one, except Atlas is on the right side. On the left, we see:

ANGLO------------------------------------- AMALGAMATED--------- FILM DISTRIBUTORS LIMITED


On the horizontal axis of the globe, we see "Nat Cohen & Stuart Levy" in script font.

FX/SFX: None; it's a still logo.

Music/Sounds: A majestic fanfare, completely different than the previous one. Like the above logo, sometimes it is silent or has the opening theme of any given film.

Availability: Rare. Seen on some films of this period like Carry On Regardless.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (1962?-1971) Anglo-Amalgamated third logo

Nicknames: "Atlas III", "Golden Globe"

Logo: We see a close-up of the golden frame of a globe on a blue background. On the horizontal axis of the globe, we see "NAT COHEN & STUART LEVY". The camera pulls back and reveals Atlas, holding the globe on his shoulders, half-kneeling. The name of the company appears in red fonts and "Presents" appears in white script font under it.

Variants:

   There is also a still variant of the logo.
   On some films, instead of "Presents", "Film Distributors Limited" appears in the same font.
   On Other films, the text reads "An Anglo Amalgamated Presentation"
   The logo has appeared in B&W.


FX/SFX: The camera pulling back.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo. Though on some films, such as Dentist on the Job, an alternate fanfare (which was used for the next logo) is heard. Again, sometimes it is silent or has the opening theme of any given film.

Availability: Seen on the films of the period, like Carry On Cleo. It also appears in Dentist on the Job, and the 2001/2004 Columbia TriStar DVDs of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (in which the first few minutes of Dentist is played as a gag).

Editor's Note: None.



4th Logo (1967?-1969?)


Nicknames: "Atlas IV", "Atlas Drawing"

Logo: We see two boxes against a bright yellow background. The top black box has a blue drawing of Atlas carrying the globe frame. The words "NAT COHEN PRESENTS" later fade in next to the right of it. In between the two boxes are the words "ANGLO AMALGAMATED FILM DISTRIBUTORS LTD". The bottom orange box features nothing.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The same alternate fanfare from the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variant: On a Russian-dubbed print of Shalako, it uses the last half of the ABC International Pictures fanfare (with the first half being heard on the Palomar Pictures logo). This is likely due to a sloppy plaster job.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on some foreign prints of Shalako, and an Australian TV airing of The Vengence of Fu Manchu.

Editor's Note: None.