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Lions and Tigers and Colonel Selig

This post is part of an ongoing silent film in Chicago series written by Janelle Vreeland for Classic Movie Hub. Check out the excerpt below and then visit CMH for the entire article.


In the early days of silent cinema, Chicago was responsible for 20% of the total output of the US film industry. One of the biggest contributors to this staggering statistic was Chicago’s own Selig Polyscope Company. What was the reason for the company’s success? Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

Read the entire article here.