SIMPP Member (1943-1957)
Edward Golden, called "Doc" by friends, was a dentist practicing in
Boston when he entered the film industry around 1912. Allegedly, when Paramount
and United Artists executive Hiram Abrams visited Golden for a tooth extraction, the
affluence of the visitor prompted the dentist to look into the film business.
Entering at the states rights level, he became established as one of the leading
New England franchise distributors following his vigorous promotion of The
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921).
Later Golden became an important manager at Monogram Pictures, where he hired
Steve Broidy, the individual who became one of the most prominent independent
Monogram Studios of Hollywood's "Poverty Row" independent
Golden joined Republic Pictures and then decided to form his own
independent production company in 1941. His Poverty Row experience compelled him
to invest in low-cost, high-yield productions. His first independent film No
Greater Sin (1941) cost $42,000, and made $150,000. Next he produced the
acclaimed anti-Nazi hit Hitler's Children (1942), released through RKO at
a negative cost of $200,000 and grossed a phenomenal $3.25 million.
Edward A. Golden: "Edward Golden, Pioneer, Dies," DV,
September 28, 1972; "Silence Is Not a Golden Trait," NYT,
October 31, 1943, sec. II, p. 3.