Carl Laemmle

Carl Laemmle

All of the sound films presented by Laemmle at Universal showed the cast list twice, at the beginning and at the end of the film, and when the list was shown at the end, the slogan "A good cast is worth repeating" usually appeared on the screen. One of the few exceptions was Show Boat (1936), which simply listed the cast as "The Players".

Established the renegade studio Independent Motion Picture Company of America (IMP), unaffiliated with the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC).

Father of Carl Laemmle Jr.

Great great uncle of actress Antonia Carlotta.

Great uncle of Catherine Wyler and Judy Wyler.

Great-uncle of Richard Dreyfuss.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6301 Hollywood Blvd.

Head of Universal Pictures

His son Carl Laemmle Jr. died on the 40th anniversary of his death.

In 1912, started Universal Film Manufacturing Company, which became Universal Studios.

In 1936 he sold Universal Films, the studio he founded, to a group of investors for a little over $5 million.

Laemmle inaugurated the film career of Irving Thalberg, who started as a $35/week secretary in Universal's New York office and quickly became head of its California studios. During his Universal period Thalberg had an ultimately unhappy romance with Laemmle's daughter, Rosabelle.

Ousted from Universal by a corporate takeover (due to too many film flops) just before the release of the lavishly budgeted, but very successful, Show Boat (1936).

Uncle of Carla Laemmle.

Uncle of William Wyler and Robert Wyler.

Uncle of director Ernst Laemmle.

Uncle of director Nat Ross.

Uncle of producers Max Alexander and Arthur Alexander.

Was originally hesitant to make horror movies and had to be persuaded by son Carl Laemmle Jr. to make Dracula (1931).