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I was trying to assemble a list of contract players by studio. This is not an easy task. Why?

 

Some studio contractees did not really make it big and were quickly demoted or dropped (Lucille Bremer). And then we get into the character actors and actresses that did have lengthy contracts but were not always featured prominently (Connie Gilchrist). Plus, there are those big name stars that had contracts shared by two studios (Melvyn Douglas), or by a studio and an independent producer (Joan Bennett). Then, there are stars that reinvented themselves and had long contracts at more than one studio (Joan Crawford). And stars that quickly escaped their studio contracts and freelanced for most of their career (Fredric March).

 

Nonetheless I am going to attempt to list the most important contract players by studio, and I hope that if you are reading this thread you provide me with some assistance in case I make an honest mistake or omit someone unintentionally. I will only focus on the major studios for now-- WB, RKO, MGM, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Paramount and Universal, and I will only focus on stars under contract from 1930 to 1970 (roughly covering the precode and code eras).

 

Are you ready? Here goes...

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*Warner Brothers*

 

EVE ARDEN; GEORGE ARLISS; MARY ASTOR; ROBERT ALDA; EDDIE ALBERT; ROSS ALEXANDER

 

LAUREN BACALL; HUMPHREY BOGART; JOAN BLONDELL; GEORGE BRENT; JOE E. BROWN; DAVID BRIAN; JANE BRYAN; GERALDINE BROOKS; FAY BAINTER; RICHARD BARTHELMESS; BUGS BUNNY

 

JAMES CAGNEY; JACK CARSON; STEVE COCHRAN; JOAN CRAWFORD; RUTH CHATTERTON; BERNICE CLAIRE; JEROME COWAN; MAE CLARKE; GARY COOPER; DONALD CRISP; RICARDO CORTEZ

 

MARION DAVIES; HELMUT DANTINE; DORIS DAY; BETTE DAVIS; GLORIA DICKSON; OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND; TROY DONAHUE; ANN DVORAK; JAMES DEAN; ROBERT DOUGLAS; ROSEMARY DE CAMP; DEAD END KIDS; CLAIRE DODD; BILLIE DOVE

 

FAYE EMERSON

 

GLENDA FARRELL; ERROL FLYNN; KAY FRANCIS; DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR.; GERALDINE FITZGERALD; DICK FORAN; BETTY FIELD

 

JOHN GARFIELD; SYDNEY GREENSTREET; BONITA GRANVILLE; JAMES GARNER

 

TAB HUNTER; JOSEPHINE HUTCHINSON; ROBERT HUTTON; PAUL HENREID; MIRIAM HOPKINS; LESLIE HOWARD

 

SYBIL JASON; AL JOLSON; ALLEN JENKINS

 

GUY KIBBEE; PATRIC KNOWLES; RUBY KEELER; ANDREA KING; JACK KELLY

 

JOAN LESLIE; PRISCILLA LANE; ROSEMARY LANE; MARGARET LINDSAY; PETER LORRE; IDA LUPINO; JEFFREY LYNN; VIVECA LINDSFOR; BURT LANCASTER; ALAN LADD; FRANK LOVEJOY

 

WAYNE MORRIS; FRANK MCHUGH; DENNIS MORGAN; RAYMOND MASSEY; JAMES MELTON; PAUL MUNI; ALINE MACMAHON; BRENDA MARSHALL; VIRGINIA MAYO; JEAN MUIR; HATTIE MCDANIEL; DOROTHY MALONE; GORDON MACRAE

 

PATRICIA NEAL; LUCILLE NORMAN; GENE NELSON

 

PAT O'BRIEN

 

JANIS PAIGE; DICK POWELL; ELEANOR PARKER; JOHN PAYNE; WILLIAM POWELL; JOHN PAYNE; WALTER PIDGEON

 

GEORGE RAFT; RUTH ROMAN; RIN TIN TIN; EDWARD G. ROBINSON; RONALD REAGAN; CLAUDE RAINS; BEVERLY ROBERTS

 

ZACHARY SCOTT; S.Z. SAKALL; CONNIE STEVENS; ANN SHERIDAN; NED SPARKS; ALEXIS SMITH; BARBARA STANWYCK; KENT SMITH; WINIFRED SHAW; JAMES STEPHENSON; RANDOLPH SCOTT

 

RICHARD TODD; LYLE TALBOT; PHYLLIS THAXTER; GENEVIEVE TOBIN; FRANKIE THOMAS

 

CLINT WALKER; WARREN WILLIAM; NATALIE WOOD; JANE WYMAN; MARIE WILSON; GRANT WITHERS; MARY WICKES; MARIS WRIXON; DICK WESSON; JACK WEBB

 

LORETTA YOUNG; GIG YOUNG

 

EFREM ZIMBALIST JR.

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*RKO*

 

FRED ASTAIRE; DESI ARNAZ

 

LEX BARKER; LUCILLE BALL; CONSTANCE BENNETT; BOBBY BREEN; INGRID BERGMAN (courtesy David Selznick); CARLA BALENDA; WENDY BARRIE; JOHN BEAL; RALPH BYRD; HELEN BRODERICK; JOHN BARRYMORE; STEVE BRODIE

 

TOM CONWAY; CARNEY & BROWN; MORGAN CONWAY; EDDIE CANTOR

 

JOAN DIXON; FAITH DOMERGUE; STEFFI DUNA; MELVYN DOUGLAS

 

FIBBER MCGEE & MOLLY

 

GILDERSLEEVE; CARY GRANT; GLORIA GRAHAME; JANE GREER; JAMES GLEASON

 

BARBARA HALE; ARTHUR HUNNICUTT; ANN HARDING; JEAN HERSHOLT

 

IRENE DUNNE; RICHARD DIX

 

RALPH EDWARDS

 

JOAN FONTAINE; ANNE JEFFREYS

 

KATHARINE HEPBURN; TIM HOLT; LINDA HAYES

 

KAY KYSER; DANNY KAYE (courtesy Sam Goldwyn); PATSY KELLY (courtesy Hal Roach)

 

CHARLES LAUGHTON; ALLAN LANE; MYRNA LOY; CHARLES MCGRAW

 

ANN MILLER; ROBERT MITCHUM; JOEL MCCREA; CHESTER MORRIS; MICKEY MOUSE (courtesy Walt Disney); MARGO; VICTOR MOORE

 

ANNA NEAGLE

 

GEORGE O'BRIEN; MAUREEN O'HARA; PAT O'BRIEN; EDNA MAY OLIVER

 

VINCENT PRICE; DICK POWELL; JOE PENNER

 

GENE RAYMOND; JANE RUSSELL; ROBERT RYAN; GINGER ROGERS; GILBERT ROLAND; GEORGE RAFT; ROSALIND RUSSELL; JANE RANDOLPH

 

ANNE SHIRLEY; KENT SMITH; BARBARA STANWYCK; RANDOLPH SCOTT; ANN SOTHERN; SIMONE SIMON; GEORGE SANDERS; JEAN SIMMONS

 

HELEN TWELVETREES; LEE TRACY

 

VIRGINIA VALE; LUPE VELEZ

 

ORSON WELLES; WHEELER & WOOLSEY; BILL WILLIAMS; RUTH WARRICK; JOHNNY WEISSMULLER; JOHN WAYNE; FAY WRAY

 

ROBERT YOUNG

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*20th Century Fox*

 

DON AMECHE; DANA ANDREWS (courtesy Sam Goldwyn); ANNABELLA; ELIZABETH ALLEN

 

RICHARD BASEHART; ANNE BAXTER; VIVIAN BLAINE; LYNN BARI; STEPHEN BOYD; RICHARD BURTON; BARBARA BATES; ANNE BANCROFT; JOAN BENNETT (courtesy Walter Wanger); RICHARD BOONE; MARLON BRANDO; MILTON BERLE; SMITH BALLEW; WARNER BAXTER; CLARA BOW; VANESSA BROWN; PHYLLIS BROOKS; J. EDWARD BROMBERG; DORRIS BOWDEN; WALTER BRENNAN; BINNIE BARNES; TALLULAH BANKHEAD; CHARLES BICKFORD; MAY BRITT; SPRING BYINGTON; PAT BOONE

 

LAIRD CREGAR; JOAN COLLINS; JEANNE CRAIN; RICHARD CONTE; PERRY COMO; RORY CALHOUN; PEGGY CUMMINS; JOYCE COMPTON; CORINNE CALVET; JOHN CARRADINE; IRVING COBB; MACDONALD CAREY; CHARLES COBURN; JOSEPH COTTEN (courtesy David Selznick)

 

DOROTHY DANDRIDGE; LINDA DARNELL; BELLA DARVI; JANE DARWELL; PAUL DOUGLAS; JAMES DUNN; JOAN DAVIS; DIONNE QUINTUPLETS; CATHY DOWNS; DOLORES DEL RIO; BRADFORD DILLMAN; DAN DAILEY; BETTE DAVIS

 

RICHARD EGAN; WILLIAM EYTHE; BUDDY EBSEN; TOM EWELL; SALLY EILERS; BARBARA EDEN

 

CHARLES FARRELL; ALICE FAYE; HENRY FONDA; ANNE FRANCIS; PRESTON FOSTER

 

JANET GAYNOR; MITZI GAYNOR; RICHARD GREENE; EDMUND GWENN; BETTY GRABLE; NANCY GUILD; PEGGY ANN GARNER; COLLEEN GRAY; VIRGINIA GILMORE (shared with Sam Goldwyn); CHARLOTTE GREENWOOD; JULIETTE GRECO; CHARLEY GRAPEWIN

 

JUNE HAVER; REX HARRISON; CELESTE HOLM; SONJA HENIE; MARY BETH HUGHES; JEFFREY HUNTER; JACK HALEY; SUSAN HAYWARD; ROCHELLE HUDSON; RICHARD HAYDN; MARY HEALY; JOHN HARVEY; PHIL HARRIS; JOHN HODIAK; JEAN HERSHOLT; DICK HAYMES

 

HARRY JAMES; BRENDA JOYCE; JENNIFER JONES (courtesy David Selznick); AL JOLSON

 

JEAN KENT; NANCY KELLY; BETTY LOU KEIM

 

FRANK LATIMORE; CAROLE LANDIS; LAUREL & HARDY; KENNETH MORE; BETTY LYNN; JUNE LANG; ELISSA LANDI; HOPE LANGE; BARBARA LAWRENCE; VIRGINIA LEITH; WILLIAM LUNDIGAN; GLENN LANGAN; ROBERT LOWERY

 

VICTOR MATURE; JAYNE MANSFIELD; GARY MERRILL; MARILYN MONROE; GEORGE MONTGOMERY; DOLORES MICHAELS; LON MCALLISTER; CRIS-PIN MARTIN; DON MURRAY; RODDY MCDOWALL; CARMEN MIRANDA; HENRY 'HARRY' MORGAN; TERRY MOORE; GLENN MILLER; FRED MACMURRAY; FAYE MARLOWE; TONY MARTIN; CAMERON MITCHELL; DOROTHY MCGUIRE (courtesy David Selznick); ADOLPHE MENJOU; ELSA MAXWELL; HUGH MARLOWE; ETHEL MERMAN

 

LLOYD NOLAN; SHEREE NORTH; MARIAN NIXON; HILDEGARDE NEFF; PATRICIA NEAL

 

MAUREEN O'HARA; WARNER OLAND; GEORGE O'BRIEN; JACK OAKIE

 

DEBRA PAGET; JOHN PAYNE; TYRONE POWER; VINCENT PRICE; JED PROUTY; JEAN PETERS; GREGORY PECK (courtesy David Selznick); MICHELINE PRESLE; ELVIS PRESLEY; SUZY PARKER

 

ANTHONY QUINN

 

RITZ BROTHERS; MICHAEL RENNIE; WILL ROGERS; CESAR ROMERO; SHEILA RYAN; ANNE REVERE; THELMA RITTER; LEE REMICK; GREGORY RATOFF; DALE ROBERTSON; TONY RANDALL

 

CONSTANCE SMITH; SIMONE SIMON; MARK STEVENS; GLORIA STUART; PHIL SILVERS; MICHAEL SHEA; GEORGE SANDERS; JOHN SHEPPARD; JOHN SUTTON; SLIM SUMMERVILLE; DEAN STOCKWELL

 

GENE TIERNEY; CLAIRE TREVOR; SPENCER TRACY; COLLEEN TOWNSEND; SHIRLEY TEMPLE

 

DIANE VARSI

 

ROBERT WAGNER; JANE WITHERS; CLIFTON WEBB; DANA WYNTER; RAQUEL WELCH; CORNEL WILDE; RICHARD WIDMARK; HENRY WILCOXON; MARJORIE WEAVER; MICHAEL WHALEN; ARLEEN WHELAN; DAVID WAYNE; JOANNE WOODWARD; HELEN WESTLEY; STUART WHITMAN; GEORGE WINSLOW

 

LORETTA YOUNG; ALAN YOUNG

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*MGM*

 

JUNE ALLYSON; MARY ASTOR; LEON AMES; LEW AYRES; PIER ANGELI; FRED ASTAIRE; EDWARD ARNOLD

 

FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEW; WALLACE BEERY; LUCILLE BALL; ANN BLYTH; SPRING BYINGTON; LIONEL BARRYMORE; JOHN BARRYMORE; ETHEL BARRYMORE (courtesy David Selznick); LUCILLE BREMER; VIRGINIA BRUCE; BILLIE BURKE; FAY BAINTER; JOHN MACK BROWN

 

CARLETON CARPENTER; CYD CHARISSE; JACKIE COOPER; JOAN CRAWFORD; XAVIER CUGAT; JAMES CRAIG; LOUIS CALHERN; WENDELL COREY; JOHN CARROLL (shared with Herbert Yates); DONNA CORCORAN; RICHARD CARLSON

 

LARAINE DAY; ARLENE DAHL; GLORIA DE HAVEN; MELVYN DOUGLAS (shared with Harry Cohn); MARIE DRESSLER; TOM DRAKE; MARION DAVIES; JIMMY DURANTE; NANCY DAVIS; DENISE DARCEL

 

NELSON EDDY; VERA-ELLEN; MADGE EVANS

 

GLENN FORD; SALLY FORREST; BOB FOSSE; ANNE FRANCIS; JANE FONDA

 

CLARK GABLE; GRETA GARBO; JUDY GARLAND; GREER GARSON; JOHN GILBERT; KATHRYN GRAYSON; CONNIE GILCHRIST; FRANCES GIFFORD; BETTY GARRETT; AVA GARDNER; STEWART GRANGER; VIRGINIA GREY

 

HELEN HAYES; SARA HADEN; JEAN HAGEN; WILLIAM HAINES; IAN HUNTER; JEAN HARLOW; RICHARD HART; VAN HEFLIN; KATHARINE HEPBURN; JOHN HODIAK; FAY HOLDEN; LENA HORNE; RUTH HUSSEY; ANN HARDING; MARGARET HAMILTON; MARSHA HUNT; LAURENCE HARVEY

 

JOSE ITURBI

 

CLAUDE JARMAN JR.; JACKIE 'BUTCH' JENKINS; VAN JOHNSON; RITA JOHNSON

 

HOWARD KEEL; BUSTER KEATON; GENE KELLY; GRACE KELLY; DEBORAH KERR; GUY KIBBEE; KURT KASZNAR

 

LASSIE; BERT LAHR; HEDY LAMARR; FERNANDO LAMAS; MARIO LANZA; MYRNA LOY; ANGELA LANSBURY; PETER LAWFORD; KEYE LUKE; JANET LEIGH; LAUREL & HARDY

 

ANN MILLER; JEANETTE MACDONALD; RICARDO MONTALBAN; JAMES MITCHELL; LAURITZ MELCHIOR; AGNES MOOREHEAD; SHIRLEY MACLAINE; FRANK MORGAN; ROBERT MONTGOMERY; KAREN MORLEY; MARJORIE MAIN; MARX BROTHERS; MARILYN MAXWELL; POLLY MORAN; UNA MERKEL; CHESTER MORRIS; GEORGE MURPHY; RALPH MEEKER; ALINE MACMAHON; DONALD MEEK; CATHERINE MCLEOD; RAY MCDONALD; DOUGLASS MONTGOMERY

 

RAMON NOVARRO; RICHARD NEY

 

VIRGINIA O'BRIEN; MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN; MARGARET O'BRIEN

 

ANITA PAGE; CECILIA PARKER; SUSAN PETERS; JEAN PARKER; WALTER PIDGEON; ELEANOR POWELL; EDMUND PURDOM; WILLIAM POWELL; JANE POWELL; ELVIS PRESLEY; JANIS PAIGE; ELEANOR PARKER; MARIE PREVOST

 

RICHARD QUINE

 

FRANCES RAFFERTY; RAGS RAGLAND; LUISE RAINER; ROSALIND RUSSELL; MICKEY ROONEY; DEBBIE REYNOLDS; DONNA REED; PAULA RAYMOND; ANN RICHARDS; ANN RUTHERFORD

 

NORMA SHEARER; FRANK SINATRA; JAMES STEWART; ROBERT STERLING; RED SKELTON; BARRY SULLIVAN; ANN SOTHERN; LEWIS STONE; MARGARET SULLAVAN; BARBARA STANWYCK; GINNY SIMMS; JOHN SHELTON; SIR C. AUBREY SMITH; ETHEL SMITH

 

RUSS TAMBLYN; ELIZABETH TAYLOR; ROBERT TAYLOR; MARSHALL THOMPSON; AUDREY TOTTER; FRANCHOT TONE; SPENCER TRACY; LANA TURNER; LAWRENCE TIBBETT; PHYLLIS THAXTER; ROD TAYLOR; LEE TRACY

 

LUPE VELEZ

 

KEENAN WYNN; ROBERT WALKER; JOHNNY WEISSMULLER; VIRGINIA WEIDLER; MAY WHITTY; ESTHER WILLIAMS; JAMES WHITMORE; MICHAEL WILDING

 

ROBERT YOUNG; GIG YOUNG

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*Paramount*

 

GRACE ALLEN; ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI

 

GEORGE BURNS; MARY BOLAND; BOB BURNS; EDDIE BRACKEN; WILLIAM BENDIX; JOAN BENNETT; TALLULAH BANKHEAD; JACK BENNY; SHIRLEY BOOTH

 

BING CROSBY; MACDONALD CAREY; JOAN CAULFIELD; MAURICE CHEVALIER; CLAUDETTE COLBERT; GARY COOPER; BUSTER CRABBE; MADELEINE CARROLL; ROBERT CUMMINGS; ROSEMARY CLOONEY; PAT CROWLEY; WENDELL COREY; KITTY CARLISLE

 

MARLENE DIETRICH; ELLEN DREW; BRIAN DONLEVY; JOHN DEREK; PAUL DOUGLAS; CASS DALEY; OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND; DON DE FORE; FRANCES DEE; WILLIAM DEMAREST; KIRK DOUGLAS; RICHARD DENNING

 

LEIF ERICKSON

 

W.C. FIELDS; FRANCES FARMER; MONA FREEMAN; BARRY FITZGERALD; KAY FRANCIS; HENRY FONDA; JOAN FONTAINE; RHONDA FLEMING

 

PAULETTE GODDARD; CARY GRANT; BETTY GRABLE; TITO GUIZAR; WYNNE GIBSON

 

STERLING HAYDEN; BOB HOPE; AUDREY HEPBURN; WILLIAM HOLDEN; MIRIAM HOPKINS; CHARLTON HESTON; BETTY HUTTON; WANDA HENDRIX; SUSAN HAYWARD; HENRY WILCOXON

 

ALAN LADD; VERONICA LAKE; JERRY LEWIS; DOROTHY LAMOUR; CAROLE LOMBARD; DIANA LYNN; SOPHIA LOREN; JOHN LUND; CHARLES LAUGHTON; BURT LANCASTER; GIL LAMB

 

FRED MACMURRAY; MARY MARTIN; MARX BROTHERS; DEAN MARTIN; JOEL MCCREA; RAY MILLAND; SHIRLEY MACLAINE; KRISTINE MILLER; ETHEL MERMAN; JEANETTE MACDONALD

 

JACK OAKIE

 

WILLIAM POWELL; ROBERT PAIGE; ROBERT PRESTON

 

MARTHA RAYE; LILLIAN ROTH; GEORGE RAFT; SHIRLEY ROSS; CHARLES RUGGLES

 

LIZABETH SCOTT; BARBARA STANWYCK; ALISON SKIPWORTH; SYLVIA SIDNEY; SIR GUY STANDING

 

SONNY TUFTS

 

MAE WEST; ANNA MAY WONG; VIRGINIA WEIDLER; MARIE WILSON

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