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Description
The Charles Brabin papers span the years 1904-1940 and encompass 1.1 linear feet. The collection consists primarily of script material. There is a scrapbook, diary, and critiques (not by Brabin) of several 1913 Edison films. There is no material on Theda Bara other than a poem (not by Brabin) inscribed to her.
Background
Charles J. Brabin was a British-born director, screenwriter, and producer whose film career spanned 1908 to the mid-1930s. He came to New York in the early 1900s. Brabin joined the Edison Company around 1908, acting first and then directing. Brabin directed Theda Bara in KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN (1919) and LA BELLE RUSSE (1919), and the two were married in 1921. DRIVEN (1923), STELLA MARIS (1925), and THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932) were among the films directed and occasionally scripted by Brabin.
Extent
1.1 linear feet of papers.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.