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Logo description by Logoboy95
Logo captures by Logoboy95, Eric S., and V of Doom
Editions by V of Doom, Shadeed A. Kelly, and betamaxtheflyer
Video capture courtesy of Eric S.


Background: The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Inc. was an independent film company founded in 1979 by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., the son of the famous Hollywood mogul, Samuel Goldwyn, Sr., producing and distributing independent films. In 1991, SGC merged with Heritage Entertainment and was later reincorporated as "Samuel Goldwyn Entertainment". In 1996, SGE and its library were acquired by Metromedia and merged with Orion Pictures Corporation, and was later sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer under the Tracinda Corporation in 1997, who currently handles most of the SGE in-house productions.However, films SGE merely distributed are now in different hands: The Chipmunk Adventure (a Bagdasarian production) is now released by Paramount Home Entertainment; Oklahoma! and South Pacific are owned by the Rodgers & Hammerstein estate through 20th Century Fox; and all of the Samuel Goldwyn, Sr.-produced films are owned by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. via the Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Family Trust and licensed to Warner Bros. for US distribution and Miramax Films for international distribution. Two years later, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. founded Samuel Goldwyn Films as his new film company, which he ran up until his death on January 9, 2015. His son Tony now co-runs the company. Goldwyn did not have an animated logo until 1979.


(November 9, 1979-1997, 1999)




Nickname: "The Signature"

Logo: On a blue background, we see the words "Samuel Goldwyn" writing themselves in a script font, with a line drawing itself underneath the name. The text "THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN COMPANY" flies up from the bottom of the screen and positions itself below the "Samuel Goldwyn" signature. Otherwise, the name fades in.

Variants:


·         The early variant has the words "A" and "RELEASE" appearing above and below Goldwyn's name, respectively.

·         A black & white variant of this logo appeared at the beginning of classic Goldwyn movies by Samuel Goldwyn Productions (example is the 1941 Samuel Goldwyn movie The Little Foxes).

·         The closing variant has the text "DISTRIBUTED BY" above the logo. A cable print of South Pacific inserts this variation in the opening credits.

·         The logo often appeared on a black background and was seen on a re-release print of Oklahoma!


FX/SFX: The "Samuel Goldwyn" name writing itself, the line drawing. None for the early variant. For the closing variant, depends on the movie.

Music/Sounds: Usually silent, or uses the opening audio/music of the film. On some 90s films, a dramatic fanfare (that is currently used for the Samuel Goldwyn Films logo) is used.


Music/Sounds Variant:

·         On the Trimark DVD of La Femme Nikita, it uses the Gaumont fanfare (there is 7 seconds of a black screen then the logo fades in at the middle half of the fanfare).

·         On older prints The Care Bears Movie, the logo has a whimsical, synthesized version of the first few notes of the movie's theme song, "Care-A-Lot".


Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on films released by this company such as Mystic PizzaGregory's GirlOleanna, and American Buffalo, among others. On most films put out by MGM DVD, this is retained with the MGM lion and/or the 1996 Orion Pictures logos preceding it. On some films, such asHenry V and The Madness Of King George, this is plastered by the 1996 Orion Pictures logo; while on some DVDs, such Eat Drink Man WomanLove Is All There IsRock-a-Doodle, and The Care Bears Movie, it is replaced with the 2001 MGM lion. On some of their output released through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with examples being the Spanish films Matador and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, it is plastered with the Sony Pictures Classics logo. This was seen on the original VHS release of The Chipmunk Adventure, but most current releases (including the 2007 Paramount & 2014 Bagdasarian DVD & BD) omit this logo and go into the opening scene. This was also seen on earlier international prints of Two Moon Junction, and makes an appearance on MST3K broadcast of Laserblast when the MST3K gang are entering the theater. The black & white variant of this logo can be found onThe Little Foxes and other black & white films of the era. It can be also seen on re-issues of Oklahoma! and South Pacific (the latter features the logo for Samuel Goldwyn Films on recent TV airings). 

Scare Factor: Low, mainly due to the fanfare. Minimal for the silent variant.

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