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1918 Chronokey Chronomedia index
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January 19  Technicolor Corporation completes the first two-strip film production, The Gulf Between.  
February 14  Premiere of the first film version of Tarzan of the Apes.  
February  Famous Players Lasky Corporation acquires Paramount Pictures.  
April  Australian-born British theatrical impressario Sir Oswald Stoll (1866-1942) forms Stoll Picture Productions, a public company, to work as both producer and distributor. Its first completed production is Comradeship, directed by Maurice Elvey and released in 1919. > 1920
August 15  The Sinking of the Lusitania, the first full-length feature cartoon film, is released in the US. Made by Winsor McCay, it incorporates 25,000 drawings and has taken 22 months to make.  
October 1  Lucien Lévy takes out his second patent on superheterodyne transmission.  
December 19  Robert Ripley's Believe It or Not column first appears in the New York Globe. It later transfers to other media.  
•  US replaces Britain as the main source of film imports in South America.  
•  Webb-Pomeone Act exempts US export cartels from the provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act. All other cartels, including those that are foreign controlled, remain illegal within the US. Although not officially registered as such, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA) operates arrangements to co-ordinate its members' pricing, quantities of exports and markets.  
•  By now all but one UK film studio (at Shoreham near Brighton) use artificial light sources.  
•  Film Company of Ireland makes Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn, under cover of which they make an appeal film for the 1919 Irish Republican Loan. quotation
•  First Egyptian dramatic film is Sharaf el Badawi, made by the Italo-Egyptian Cinematograph Company.  
•  Weir House studio at Teddington, west of London is leased by Master Films, which develops the site.  
•  First Indian film serial is four-part Ram Vanwas (The Exile of Shree Rama), directed by S N Patankar.  
•  Neptune Films mortgages two-thirds of its land at Borehamwood.  
•  US film exports: 84.5m feet. > 1920
•  Dr Ralph Jupp sells his Provincial Cinematograph Theatres to Sir William Jury (newly knighted for services in providing film entertainment to the war fronts).  
•  Pathé Frères becomes Pathé-Cinéma, sells off its foreign distribution interests and closes its SCAGL distribution subsidiary.  
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