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Gainsborough Pictures

Gainsborough Pictures was a film studio based in Islington, London, active between 1924 and 1951. Their studios — which were purchased from Famous Players-Lasky when the American company withdrew from producing films in Britain — were demolished in 2002 and replaced by three blocks of upmarket apartments in 2004.

Gainsborough was founded in 1924 by Michael Balcon and was a sister company to the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation from 1927, with Balcon as Director of Production for both studios. Whilst Gaumont-British, based at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd's Bush produced the 'quality' films, Gainsborough mainly produced 'B' movies and melodramas.


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