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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.
Charles J. Brabin (1882-1957) was born in Liverpool, England, and educated at St. Francis Xavier College. He came to New York in the early 1900s and, while holding down odd jobs, tried his hand as a stage actor. Brabin joined the Edison Company around 1908, acting first and then directing. He later directed for Essanay, Vitagraph, Metro, Fox, First National, and MGM. 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. His last film was A WICKED WOMAN (1934). Brabin retired in the mid-1930s.
1.1 linear ft. of papers
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