Marshall Neilan
Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Marshall Neilan
Marshall Ambrose Neilan was an American motion picture actor, screenwriter, film director, and producer.
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Proto-Hollywood: 100 Melodramas Were Made In La Mesa 100 Years Ago -
Google News - over 5 years
This claim of hired guards was later echoed by one of his early actors, Marshall Neilan. With his charge to add director to his screenwriting duties, Dwan gathered up the company and moved south toward San Diego. He recalled that in these nomadic days
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Daddy-Long-Legs - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
“Little Mary's” favorite—-and best—-director was the star silent filmmaker-actor Marshall Neilan, who has haunted me for years. Howard Hawks, no less, first mentioned him to me in 1962 as a major influence on his work: “Marshall Neilan had this great
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Mary Pickford's M'LISS Screening at Pickford Institute - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Directed by Marshall Neilan, M'Liss stars Pickford as her usual bratty self, and features future 1920s megastar Thomas Meighan and popular supporting player Theodore Roberts. Special guest Joseph Yranski, senior film and video historian emeritus for
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America's Sweetheart
NYTimes - over 17 years
MARY PICKFORD REDISCOVERED Rare Pictures of a Hollywood Legend. By Kevin Brownlow. Illustrated. 256 pp. New York: Harry N. Abrams in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. $39.95. IT is indisputable that Mary Pickford was ''the most popular, powerful, prominent and influential woman in the history of cinema,'' as Robert
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NYTimes - over 30 years
Blanche Sweet, one of the earliest motion-picture stars, died of a stroke yesterday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90 years old. Miss Sweet, who became famous acting in D.W. Griffith films, portrayed strong, determined heroines and sometimes unsympathetic characters - unlike other Griffith stars, such as her friend, Lillian Gish, who played
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NYTimes - over 31 years
To the Editor: George Cukor, who directed the first and third versions of ''A Star Is Born,'' confirmed in my interviews with him during his last years that John Gilbert was not the source of the character of the fading star in that story, a point which Leatrice Gilbert Fountain makes in ''Dark Star,'' her biography of her father, but about which
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AT THE MOVIES; A loving look at the films of a pioneer.
NYTimes - about 34 years
ANYBODY in New York who's interested in film history can head down to the James Agee Room of the Bleecker Street Cinema through next Tuesday and take a look at an hourlong documentary called ''Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter.'' ''Before the Nickelodeon,'' which was first seen one night last October at the New York Film
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marshall Neilan
  • 1958
    Age 66
    Neilan died in Los Angeles in 1958 of throat cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred in Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.
  • 1940
    Age 48
    In recognition of his contribution to the motion picture industry, in 1940 the Directors Guild of America conferred on him an "Honorary Life Member Award."
    More Details Hide Details He later received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6233 Hollywood Blvd.
  • 1930
    Age 38
    He was then hired by Hal Roach Studios, for whom he directed a few films in 1930, and he made his final directorial effort in 1937.
    More Details Hide Details Having battled alcoholism for a large part of his adult life, twenty years after he made his last film, Neilan returned to acting on the screen in a small role portraying an aging and less than enlightened United States Senator in the Elia Kazan film, A Face in the Crowd. In 1955, Neilan was awarded The George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.
  • 1927
    Age 35
    Early in his career Neilan had done as most others in the pioneering days of film and helped out in many areas of filmmaking through performing, directing, and writing. A talented screenwriter, in 1927 he wrote the original story for the Howard Hughes film, Hell's Angels.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, he had also been hired as the film's director, back when it was still a silent, but Hughes' overbearing style forced him to drop out, and he was replaced a few weeks into production by a more pliable director, Edmund Goulding; due to massive reshoots (as well as the recasting of the lead role with Jean Harlow), none of the footage Neilan shot made it into the final film.
  • 1921
    Age 29
    Neilan's marriage to Bambrick ended in 1921. A year later he married actress Blanche Sweet, whom he directed on several occasions. They divorced in 1929.
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  • 1920
    Age 28
    Having all but given up acting, Neilan's directing successes led to him creating his own production company and between 1920 and 1926, Marshall Neilan Productions made eleven feature-length films almost all of which were distributed through First National Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details He received critical acclaim for directing and producing such films as Bits of Life and The Lotus Eater. In 1929, he was hired by RKO Radio Pictures; although he reputedly had difficulty adapting to directing the new talkies, that year he successfully directed Rudy Vallee and Marie Dressler in the "all-talking" The Vagabond Lover. Contrary to the legend that the film was a commercial and critical failure (except for Dressler's highly praised performance), the film was a hit. making a profit of $335,000, and was one of four top hits for RKO in 1929.
  • 1916
    Age 24
    At the end of 1916, Neilan was hired by Mary Pickford Films where he directed Pickford in several productions including Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and The Little Princess in 1917, plus Stella Maris in 1918, Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley, M'Liss in 1918, and Daddy-Long-Legs in 1919.
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  • 1915
    Age 23
    In 1915, Neilan was one of the founding members of the Motion Picture Directors Association along with directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Allan Dwan, and William Desmond Taylor.
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  • 1913
    Age 21
    Marshall Neilan had married actress Gertrude Bambrick in 1913 with whom he would have a son, Marshall Neilan, Jr..
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  • 1910
    Age 18
    As a teenager, he began acting in bit parts in live theatre, and in 1910 he got a job chauffeur driving Biograph Studios executives around Los Angeles there to determine the suitability of the West Coast as a place for a permanent studio.
    More Details Hide Details Neilan made his film debut as part of the acting cast on the American Film Manufacturing Company Western The Stranger at Coyote (1912). Hired by Kalem Studios for their Western film production facility in Santa Monica, Neilan was first cast opposite Ruth Roland. Described as confident, but egotistical at times, Neilan's talent saw him directing films within a year of joining Kalem. After acting in more than seventy silent film shorts for Kalem and directing more than thirty others, Neilan was hired by the Selig Polyscope Company then Bison Motion Pictures and Famous Players-Lasky Corporation.
  • 1891
    Born on April 11, 1891.
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