Allied Artists Pictures Corporation started life as a subsidiary of Monogram Pictures in 1946 as an outlet for films with bigger names and higher budgets than Monogram could boast. Monogram continued to produce "B" movies through 1952, while the studio's special attractions were released as "Allied Artists Productions".
In 1953, Allied Artists dropped the Monogram name and functioned as a single entity, Allied Artists Pictures. Allied Artists did make a few noteworthy films in the fifties (Friendly Persuasion, Al Capone) but apart from the popular "B" comedies with The Bowery Boys, most of the studio's output consisted of exploitation pictures, filmed quickly to cash in on current trends and events (Operation Eichmann, The Naked Kiss).
One of the few mainstream attractions released by the studio in the 1960s was Tickle Me starring Elvis Presley (1965). For better or for worse, one of its better known films today is Mitchell (1975) which was spoofed in a very popular episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Although the corporation produced and/or distributed major films such as Papillon, Cabaret and The Man Who Would Be King, it met with financial catastrophe and filed for bankruptcy in 1979. Sean Connery stated "I am happy to say that I sued Allied Artists for cosmetic bookkeeping and they're bankrupt.
Lorimar Productions purchased the former Allied Artists Pictures Corporation film library during the 1980 bankruptcy proceeding that resulted in the company's demise. With Time Warner purchasing Lorimar in 1988, most of the Allied Artists library is controlled by Time Warner subsidiary, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Allied Artists Records, which was a separate entity at the time of the Allied Artists Pictures Corporation bankruptcy, was left standing with the only remaining rights to the "Allied Artists" name, although those rights had up to that point been limited to motion picture soundtracks, records and music publishing.
Following the 1980 bankruptcy and dissolution of Allied Artists Pictures Corporation, Allied Artists Records sought to expand its trademark and service mark rights to include all forms of entertainment, including those previously held by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation.
Allied Artists Records ultimately filed for and received federal trademark protection for "Production and distribution of entertainment services, namely, phonograph records, motion picture films, video tapes, DVDs, and radio and television programs" in International Class 041.
In 2007, given the length of time Allied Artists International, Inc. had exercised control over the name, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Allied Artists International, Inc. (Allied Artists Records' successor) a Notice of Acceptance under Section 8 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 1058(a)(1) and Section 15 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 1065, which deems Allied Artists International, Inc's right to the federal trademarks for "Allied Artists" incontestable.
Allied Artists International, Inc. is presently producing and distributing entertainment products that include motion pictures, television productions, DVDs, music CD's, entertainment software, music publishing and a myriad of other entertainment related activities. Allied Artists International, Inc. maintains a website at www.alliedartists.net