In February 1955, Chaplin sold his share in United Artists for $1.1 million to Krim and Benjamin, while a year later, Pickford sold her own 25 per cent of the stock for $3 million.35 Five years after taking over the company's management, Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin had become its sole owners and had succeeded in attracting large numbers of top independent producers. Table 3.1 contains the number of independent production companies that released films through United Artists and the number of films the company distributed between 1951 and 1967 (the figures from 1959 onwards include the releases of Lopert, a United Artists' subsidiary of films produced outside the US, which I shall discuss later).36

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