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.
Though not the first film studio to be built and based in Chicago, Essanay grew to be one of the largest and most popular of the Chicago-based studios. The sheer number of photoplayers, directors and screenwriters that it discovered, nurtured and propelled to stardom makes it one of the most important studios of the period. Although its time at the top was short-lived, its legacy lives on.
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