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One of the most short-lived early home video companies, Allied Artists Video was set up in 1978 as a joint venture between ailing Hollywood veteran Allied Artists and Bell & Howell Video Systems. The company had some successes from its launch in October, including Papillon, The Man Who Would Be King, The Betsy, The Story of O, and The Wild Geese, but its parent company's financial troubles would soon catch up to them, eventually resulting in its 1979 bankruptcy and purchase by Lorimar. Lorimar shut down the company the next year, knocking the entire library out of print overnight. Even today, some titles that had been released on video by Allied Artists are still hard to find. The last videocassette releases by Allied Artists was the complete Rathbone-Bruce series of Sherlock Holmes films.

Each feature was color-coded according to genre:

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  • Red for Entertainment
  • Green for Action/Adventure
  • Blue for Blockbusters
  • Cyan for Adult and Family Entertainment
  • Purple for Horror/Sci-Fi and Westerns
  • Dark purple for Crime Classics
  • Brown for the Sherlock Holmes Series

Incomplete list of titles:

  • 01001: Papillon (1973)
    Genre: Blockbusters
    Note: Split between a 60-minute tape and a 120-minute tape
    Note: Re-released on VHS and Betamax in 1981 by MGM/CBS Home Video.
  • 01002: The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
    Genre: Blockbusters
    Note: Sped up by just over 7% to 2h1m12s (as opposed to the original running time of 2h9m55s) to fit a 120-minute tape
  • 01004: The Betsy (1978)
    Genre: Blockbusters
    Note: Sped up by just under 5% to 1h59m12s (as opposed to the original running time of 2h5m7s) to fit a 120-minute tape
  • 02008: The Next Man (1976)
    Genre: Action/Adventure
  • 01009: The Story of O (1975)
    Genre: Adult
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  • 01011: The Wild Geese (1978)
    Genre: Blockbusters
  • 02012: Conduct Unbecoming (1975)
    Genre: Entertainment
  • 02013: Gold (1974)
    Genre: Action/Adventure
  • 03018: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
  • 03026: Shinbone Alley (1970)
    Note: Re-released on VHS and Betamax in 1981 by Video Gems.
  • 02027: Zorro (1975)
  • 03072: Charlie Chan Double Feature
    Note: Contains the features Shadows Over Chinatown and The Trap
  • 03073: Charlie Chan Double Feature
    Note: Contains the features Dark Alibi and The Red Dragon
  • 03077: Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
    Note: Retains the Motion Pictures for Television end credit from the first television broadcasts
    Note: Issued under license from Leo A. Gutman, Inc.
  • 03080: The Pearl of Death (1944)
    Note: Issued under license from Leo A. Gutman, Inc.
  • 03084: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
    Note: Allied Artists Video logo only appears at the start of the program
    Note: Issued under license from Leo A. Gutman, Inc.
  • 03087: The Woman in Green (1945)
    Note: Allied Artists Video logo only appears at the start of the program
    Note: Public domain
    Note: The video program was copyrighted in 1979 by Leo A. Gutman, Inc.
  • 03088: Terror By Night (1946)
    Note: Public domain
    Note: The video program was copyrighted in 1979 by Leo A. Gutman, Inc.
  • 03090: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
    Note: Issued under license from Leo A. Gutman, Inc.

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