Rex Motion Picture Company

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


The Rex Motion Picture Company was founded in 1905 in the United States after the failure of Edwin S. Porter's Defender Film Company. Edwin S. Porter, Joseph Engel, and William Swanson were the founders of Rex, which produced many films from 1910 to 1917 and was based in New York City. The company had a crown emblem. Lois Weber made a name for herself in the film industry while working at Rex. In 1912, Rex acquired the film properties of the Gem Motion Picture Company and released them under its own name. Rex would later merge with several other film companies into the Universal Film Manufacturing Company.

Logo (February 1-November 21, 1912)

Visuals: There is a radiant crown over a black background, with the rays of the crown extending into a sunburst. "REX" in a Blackletter font is arched above the crown. The film's title is superimposed over the crown.

Variant: On Leaves in the Storm, a notice for the Universal Film Manufacturing Company is visible.

Technique: A still, printed image filmed by a cameraman.

Audio: None or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Seen on Fine Feathers, Leaves in the Storm, and The Debt.

Rex Motion Picture Company
Universal Film Manufacturing Company