It sounds like one of those ubiquitous distribution companies that picked up old films on the cheap for TV and other play later. I don't know if it was associated with Monogram or its remnants, but Monogram was definitely the studio of the Mr. Wong films. Motion Pictures for TV was apparently based in NYC. I came across a reference to one of their publicists, Michael O'Shea, at
Monogram eventually became Allied Artists, which moved to New York in 1963. Allied in turn had its assets picked up by Lorimar, which is now part of the Time Warner etc. multiverse.
You might try the Billy Rose library or a similar source in New York for more info.
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Donald F. Larsson
English Dept., AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Ron Leming
Sent: Sun 12/7/2003 11:26 AM
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Subject: looking for info
Does anyone have any info on a production company called Motion Pictures
for TV? All I know about them is that they seem to have been a division
of Monogram Pictures, and they produced the Boris Karloff series of Mr
Wong movies. Were these actually produced for TV? Since these movies
were made in the 30s, I'm not sure where the whole TV thing came in.
Several of the movies, though, do look as if they were made using
television production techniques. Either that or some of them were very
low budget Bs.
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