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Castle Films was a home movie distributor founded by Eugene W. Castle in 1924, primarily to handle business and advertising films. In 1936, Castle branched out into the 8mm and 16mm home movies, buying old theatrical films for home use. Castle's first home movie was a newsreel of the Hindenburg explosion. In 1937, Castle launched his ''News Parade'' series, a year in review newsreel; travelogues followed in 1938. Castle also released sports films, animal adventures, and ''old time movies.'' Castle obtained home movie rights to cartoons from several animation studios, including Terrytoons (1938), Ub Iwerks (1941), and Walter Lantz (1947). In 1947, Universal Pictures purchased a majority stake in Castle Films. Castle subsequently became a Universal subsidiary, drawing upon the studio's library of vintage films (with Abbott and Costello, W. C. Fields, Boris Karloff, James Stewart, etc.). Castle Films changed its name to Universal 8 in 1977, and the era of home video brought an end to Universal's home movie enterprise. The complete inventory of Castle Films (more than 1000 titles over 40 years) is listed in Scott MacGillivray's book Castle Films: A Hobbyist's Guide, ISBN 0-595-32491-6.
THE NEWS PARADE OF THE YEAR
EDITED BY EUGENE W. CASTLE
A CASTLE FILMS PRODUCTION
REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.
Madrid and Bilbao Bombed!
Floods Inundate U.S. Cities in South and Mid-West.
George VI Reviews Grand Fleet
450 Perish in Texas School Disaster!
Amelia Earhart Lost!
$17,000,000 Bridge Links San Francisco and Oakland, California.
Mussolini Visits Hitler!
Shanghai and Nanking Bombed!
In The Hands of These Five Men Rests The Destiny of The World
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (pictured)
Worst U.S. Floods.
Undeclared Wars (Spain)
Canada Honors U.S. President.
George VI Visits Paris.
Europe's Zero Hour.
Chamberlain Flies To Hitler.
Modern History Four Powers Sign.
Eucharistic Congress New Orleans.
(Howard) Hughes Flies 'Round The World.
Corrigan's ''Solo'' To Ireland.
Transatlantic Air Service Starts.
France's Bastile Day.
Submarine Squalus Sinks!
China's Worst Floods!
Hurricane Over Europe!
Chicago's Great Fire!
U.S. Cruisers 'Round Cape Horn.
Europe's Total War!
Nazis and French Sign Armistice At Compiegne.
Britain's Heroic Stand!
American Destroyers To Britain!
Fifty World War Vessels Are Exchanged For Naval Bases.
American Defense Begins!
Nation Rallies to Strengthen Land, Air, and Sea Might.
First Peace Time Draft!
Sixteen Million American Youths Register.
First Third Term President!
Franklin D. Roosevelt Defeats Wendell L. Wilkie In Hard Fought Election.
Roosevely - Churchill Meet!
U.S Forces in Iceland!
Nazi Torpedo Cripples U.S.S. Kearny!
Canadians Smash Spitzbergen!
Strikes Slow U.S. Defense!
Battle For Russia!
Sea War in the Baltic!