And then there's the lawsuit...
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:01am

...perpetrated by one "Tony Romano", whom a brief Associated Press article described only as "a singer".

The announcement -- published in The San Mateo Times (California) on Wednesday, February 4, 1953 -- notes he filed the $600,000 lawsuit against United Artists, Associated Players and Producers, Inc., and Edward Small for depicting Romano "as a murderer, thug, gangster and convicted felon" in KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL.

According to the American Film Institute, "the disposition of the suit is not known."

Small, like many independent Producers, created a number of companies through which he created his many films -- some of which went on to become at least Cult classics (KCC among them, of course).

It's entirely possible -- even likely -- that Romano's litigation caused APP to founder and collapse. (Either thru the legal fees' burden, shutting up shop due to the negative publicity, or related issues.)

In any case, KCC lapsed into Public Domain, which -- tho bad for Edward Small and his heirs -- was a boon for Van Cleef fans everywhere. ;)


  • Edward SmallBob O, Sat Mar 17 4:57pm
    Associated Players and Producers was one of 10 film subsidiaries owned by prolific film producer Edward Small. Another was Imperial Pictures. He was involved with United Artists off and on for years... more
    • And then there's the lawsuit... — DCG, Sun Mar 18 7:01am
      • Small know Tony? Bob O, Sun Mar 18 2:42pm
        If Small knew Tony Romano or admitted they used his name without permission, then Romano may have had a case. But if they made up the name....there must be hundreds of Anthony or Tony Romano's in... more
        • If I were to voyage into...DCG, Sun Mar 18 4:51pm
          ...Speculation, vs Fact (as I don't have any hard evidence that Edward Small had ever encountered the "singer" Tony Romano, prior to the litigation brought by the latter...nor have I seen a photo of... more
          • HmmmmBob 0, Thu Mar 22 9:01am
            Yes the disclaimer is there and I can now remember seeing it in the past. I doubt the singer Tony Romano prevailed in court but don't know with certainty. Lee and Jack Elam were handed some good... more
            • Hi BobODoc, Fri Mar 23 6:00am
              I believe I've commented on this before but it's worth repeating. Lee, Jack Elam and Neville Brand were said to be three of the nicest off-screen personalities, bar none. So incongruous with their... more
              • I'd really like to hear some...DCG, Fri Mar 23 12:54pm
                ...suggestions to answer your great question, Doc, so please: anyone who can think of any, chime in! ;) But at this moment, none occur to me, either. However, I can attest -- thru... more
                • I love your theory.Doc, Fri Mar 23 9:27pm
                  Best one I've heard so far. Whorelywood should definitely be trademarked! Get on that right away :-)
                  • Thanx, Doc...DCG, Fri Mar 23 10:36pm
                    ...you an' I have had a Mutual Admiration Society goin' for some time, now. ;) Along with bobO an' a few others, who know who they are...hell, it's most of the crew here, actually! ;P Anyway, yeah -- ... more
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