Benedict Pictures Corporation

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Benedict Pictures Corporation
Type Film production company
Status Defunct
Led by
Also known as Benedict Productions[2]
Parent company Henry G. Saperstein Enterprises[2]
Succeeded by United Productions of America[3]

Benedict Pictures Corporation, also called Benedict Productions[2] (ベネディクト・プロ,   Benedikuto Puro, lit. "Benedict Pro."),[1] was an American film company operated by Henry G. Saperstein Enterprises.[2] Most famously, it collaborated with Toho in planning and financing Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), and The War of the Gargantuas (1966), as well as producing Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), which repurposed footage from Toho's A Keg of Powder (1964) and Key of Keys (1965).

By the year 2000, Henry G. Saperstein's United Productions of America had become the successor-in-interest to Benedict Pictures,[3] but went out of business later that year.

Selected filmography


  • Benedict is not acknowledged in the Japanese versions of any of its three kaiju films with Toho. Moreover, Frankenstein vs. Baragon is the only one whose domestic poster mentions the company.
    • Toho's international export trailer for Invasion of Astro-Monster features a card reading "Produced by TOHO CO., LTD. IN COOPERATION WITH BENEDICT PICTURES."[4] The export cut of The War of the Gargantuas, meanwhile, included the text "Co-produced by Toho Company, Limited & Benedict Pictures Corporation" in its opening credits.[5]
    • Frankenstein Conquers the World (the U.S. theatrical version of Frankenstein vs. Baragon) and its poster both refer to the film as a co-production with Benedict's parent company, Henry G. Saperstein Enterprises. That is also the company credited on the end card for the TV version of Frankenstein Conquers the World. However, Benedict itself is given a copyright attribution on the title cards of all U.S. versions of Invasion of Astro-Monster and The War of the Gargantuas.

External links


This is a list of references for Benedict Pictures Corporation. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ishikawa, Eugene; Hirai, Yutaro, eds. (28 September 2012). Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. villagebooks. p. 142. ISBN 4-864-91013-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "SELMUR AND TOHO CO-PRODUCTION DEAL". Boxoffice. Vol. 89 no. 7. Associated Publications, Inc. 6 June 1966. p. 7 – via Yumpu.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "What's up, Tiger Lily :a.k.a. Woody Allen what's up, Tiger Lily?motion picture. Based on the film entitled Key of Keys /PA 20-794". U.S. Copyright Public Records System. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  4. SpaceHunterM (26 September 2014). "Invasion of (the) Astro-Monster(s) - English Trailer". Daily Motion.
  5. SpaceHunterM (2 September 2017). "The War of the Gargantuas (1966) - English Export Credits". YouTube.


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