Astor Pictures Corporation

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Compiled by Eric S.

Video captures courtesy of simblos

Background: Astor Pictures was founded by Robert M. Savini in 1930 as a distributor of film re-releases and other films. Among their re-releases were films from RKO, Grand National, Monogram and Educational Pictures, but it also distributed early Hammer Films releases. In the early 50's Astor started a TV subsidiary called Atlantic Television. After Savini's death the two companies were acquired by George M. Foley and Franklin Bruder, but it went out of business around 1960.

1st Logo

(1939-1947)

Nickname: "The Triangle"

Logo: On a black background, we see zooming up three rows of words: "ASTOR" on a fancy font; "PICTURES" and "CORP.", with a dot below the letters. The last two words are in a triangular frame.

FX/SFX: The zoom-up.

Music/Sounds: A bombastic sixteen note fanfare.

Availability: Seen at some Astor re-releases from another studios.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo

(1947-195?)

Nicknames: "The Bodybuilder", "The Man with the Logo"
Logo: On a black background, a still frame of a bodybuilder holding the APC logo fades in and zooms up to the distance. The logo consists of three rows of words: "ASTOR", "PICTURES" and "CORP.", with a star below the letters, in a triangular frame. We zoom up closer to the letters that the man holds, with "ASTOR" in a 3-D font and the T extended over the rest of the letters.
FX/SFX: The zoom in.
Music/Sounds: A bombastic sixteen note fanfare.
Availability: At some public domain movies. Seen on a 1947 re-release of Li'l Abner (1940), which plasters over the RKO logo. You can check those tapes for this logo first.
Editor's Note: None.