Shelly, Leon Curtis

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Shelly, Leon Curtis

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Leon C. Shelly was a Canadian motion picture producer who operated in Vancouver and Toronto. In 1936-37, he assumed control of two Vancouver film companies, Motion Skreenadz and Vancouver Motion Pictures Ltd. Shelly introduced professional colour film production to B.C. in the form of Cinecolor, a bi-pack subtractive colour process. Shelly’s Vancouver companies produced sponsored films for B.C. Packers, the B.C. Government Travel Bureau, B.C. Tree Fruits, Kelly Douglas, and the National Film Board of Canada. The companies also provided service functions such as film processing, titling and sound work, and produced “coming attractions” trailers. Shelly drew on the expertise of local technicians and filmmakers, including Oscar Burritt, Marguerite Goulding (later Roozeboom), Wally Hamilton, Ernie Kirkpatrick, Don Lytle, Lew Parry, and Ed Taylor. In 1945, Shelly opened a “branch plant” in Toronto, and in October 1946 he announced that the entire operation would re-locate there, where it operated as Shelly Films. In 1956, he discontinued most film production to concentrate on the film lab business, including release printing of Hollywood films.


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DDuffy, 2015-09-23




CNAF; Dennis J. Duffy, “Camera West”, pp. 11-12; T3920:0001-0003, Leon Shelly interview.

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