Astra Film Corp

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Astra Film Corp was an American film production company that produced silent films.[1] Louis J. Gasnier was the company's president. George B. Seitz co-founded it. It was making films by 1916. It became Louis J. Gasnier Productions after Seitz left.[2]

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Astra Film Corp
IndustrySilent films
Founded1916; 107 years ago (1916) in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
DefunctMarch 1920 (March 1920)
FateThe company became Louis J. Gasnier Productions from 1920-1940, then Monogram Pictures acquired the studio in 1941.
    • Louis J. Gasnier Productions (1920-1940)
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The studio operated in Jersey City, New Jersey before expanding to Fort Lee, New Jersey.[3]

The Fort Lee studio site at 1 Congress Street was acquired from Pathé in 1916.[4] The company distributed its films with Pathé. Rolin Studio in Los Angeles also worked with Pathé.[5]

The company's Hands Up serial included a storyline featuring the Inca.[6]

The studio produced Pathé's photoplay films including Stranded in Arcady. It was an adaptation of a story by Francis Lynde and starred Irene Castle. It was directed by Frank Hall Crane.[5]

The company also produced The Fatal Ring and The Seven Pearls serials.[5]

Arthur Miller worked for the company.[when?] Grace Darmond left Selig to work for the company.[when?]

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