King of the “B” Movies

Republic Studios was called “King of the B Movies” because of its cheap, quickly filmed productions such as the 1954 theatrical release (later a syndicated television series) COMMANDO CODY, SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE/NBC/1955 starring Judd Holdren.


Other serials cranked out by Republic: King of the Rockets (1949), Radar Men from the Moon (1952) and Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) featuring an early screen role of STAR TREK’s Leonard Nimoy as a space zombie.

Note: Founded by Herbert J. Yates, Republic Pictures Corporation operated from 1935 through 1959 in Los Angeles area, having studio facilities in Studio City and a movie ranch in Encino, California. Western stars John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers filmed many of their serial “B” films at Republic Pictures.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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