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Stoll Picture Productions

Production Company

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A major British theatrical impresario, Sir Oswald Stoll (b. Melbourne, Australia, 1866; d. London, 1942), knighted in 1919, took over the London Coliseum in 1904 and quickly gained a controlling interest in theatres throughout Britain. In April 1918, he founded the Stoll film company as both a distributor and producer (its first film was Comradeship, 1919, directed by Maurice Elvey), and the company was to remain a major player in British cinema through the 1930s. The Stoll company's silent output included more than two dozen directed by Elvey from 1919 to 1924, among them such titles as The Hound of the Baskervilles (1921), starring Eille Norwood, and The Passionate Friends (1922), starring Milton Rosmer.

In 1920, it acquired a converted aeroplane factory at Cricklewood as its studio, ownership of which Stoll retained until 1938. In the '30s, the studio, which had been slow to adopt sound, was mainly used by independent producers and mainly for short films, but late in the decade it was used by Butcher's to make Old Mother Riley (d. Oswald Mitchell, 1937) and John Baxter made several films there from the mid '30s. Stoll himself, a cold and formal individual, was, however, an enthusiastic supporter of the British film industry, if never a creative producer in the American mould.

Anthony Slide, Encyclopedia of British Film

Selected credits

Thumbnail image of At the Villa Rose (1920)At the Villa Rose (1920)

Sumptuous Monte Carlo-set murder mystery

Thumbnail image of Comradeship (1919)Comradeship (1919)

Early post-Armistice drama of cross-class alliances forged in wartime

Thumbnail image of Nionga (1925)Nionga (1925)

Unusually early drama of tribal life in Central Africa

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Thumbnail image of Elvey, Maurice (1887-1967)Elvey, Maurice (1887-1967)

Director, Producer, Writer

Thumbnail image of Stoll, Sir OswaldStoll, Sir Oswald

Producer, Executive

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