John R. Freuler

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John Rudolph Freuler

(1872-11-17)November 17, 1872
Monroe, Wisconsin, USA
DiedDecember 19, 1958(1958-12-19) (aged 86)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materSpencerian Business College
  • Businessman
  • Film producer
Spouse(s)Augusta J. Golz

John Rudolph Freuler (November 17, 1872 - 1958) was a businessman in the film industry who owned theaters, film exchanges, and film studios.[1][2][3] He signed Charlie Chaplin to a lucrative contract at Mutual Film. Later in his career he owned Monach Films studio. The Chicago History Museum has a collection of his papers.[4]

Freuler was born im Wisconsin. His father immigrated from Switzerland. Freuler studied at Spencerian Business College. Early in his career he worked in the real estate business. In 1912 he helped organize Muttual Film Company.[5]

He opened a theater in 1905. After he sold it he opened a film exchange.[5][6]

He married Augusta J. Golz and had two daughters.

A photographer memorialized him with Charlie Chaplin and his brother Sydney Chaplin signing the Mutual Film contract. In the 1930s he established film production company Freuler Film Associates.The compamy produced westerns starring Tomy Tyler.[7]


  • Beyond the Rio Grande (1930), presenter[8]

Freuler film associates

  • The Fighting Gentleman (1932)


  1. "The Magazine of Business". A. W. Shaw Company Division of the McGraw Hill Publishing Company. May 1, 1918 – via Google Books.
  2. "Motography". May 1, 1918 – via Google Books.
  3. "FREULER, John R."
  4. "John R. Freuler papers".
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bruce, William George (May 1, 1922). "History of Milwaukee, City and County". S. J. Clarke Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  6. Ramsaye, Terry (November 12, 2012). "A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture". Routledge – via Google Books.
  7. Pitts, Michael R. (July 25, 2005). "Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each". McFarland – via Google Books.
  8. "John R. Freuler". BFI.

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