carl laemmle jr

A current MoMA Film series celebrates the visionary behind the early years of Universal Pictures. Carl Laemmle, Jr., son of the studio’s founder, was known condescendingly as “Junior” Laemmle and was the butt of endless Hollywood jokes (“the son also rises”). The younger Laemmle was in fact a sophisticated, ambitious, risk-taking producer, who gambled the studio’s finances on a series of challenging projects—and eventually lost. See restorations and rediscoveries from the Laemmle, Jr. era through June 15 at MoMA Film. 

[Carl Laemmle, Jr. Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive]