Charles Brabin

Film director Charles Brabin

Charles J. Brabin was an American film director and screenwriter. He was active during the silent era, then pursued a short-lived career in talkies. Born in Liverpool, England, he was educated at St. Francis Xavier College. Brabin sailed to New York in the early 1900s and, while holding down odd jobs there, he tried his hand as a stage actor. He joined the Edison Company around 1908, first acting then writing then directing. His last film was A Wicked Woman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934.
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Santa Monica

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DVD Extra: Pre-code madness -- 'Kongo,' 'The Letter' -- and soap - New York Post (blog)
Google News - about 7 years
The later is a terrific movie compared with Charles Brabin's unintentionally hilarious "Day of Reckoning'' (1933), a pre-Code oddity recently disinterred by WAC. MGM borrowed RKO stalwart Richard Dix (Warners wanted more than MGM was willing to pay for
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DVD Extra: Sony's MOD -- Madman, madwoman, musical remakes - New York Post (blog)
Google News - over 7 years
Charles Vidor, who broke into Hollywood features by taking over direction of "The Mask of Fu Manchu'' (1932) without credit from Charles Brabin, bounced around from studio to studio for several years until his breakthrough feature at Columbia,
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Cranky Hanke's Screening Room: The mythbusting of 1939 - Mountain Xpress
Google News - over 7 years
It also gave us Robert Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue, Karl Freund's The Mummy, Michael Curtiz's Doctor X, Erle C. Kenton's Island of Lost Souls, Charles Brabin's The Mask of Fu Machu, and Victor Halperin's White Zombie
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - almost 12 years
With only 15 shopping days left until Halloween, the DVD distributors have been cranking up their output of horror films, including everything from a special ''Gruesome Edition'' of the campy 1986 splatter film ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2'' (MGM, $19.98, not rated) to some intriguing box sets. Hollywood's Legends of Horror Collection The best
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THE WEEK AHEAD: Jan. 29-Feb. 4; FILM
NYTimes - over 12 years
If BORIS KARLOFF had played no other role in his life than the nameless monster in James Whale's 1931 ''Frankenstein,'' his place in film history would still be assured. Karloff's lumbering creature, played on platform shoes and from beneath layers of rigid, painful makeup, is at once a murderous nonhuman and one of the most sympathetic characters
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MOVIE GUIDE
NYTimes - over 17 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy movies and film series playing this weekend in New York City. * denotes a highly recommended film or series. The ratings and running times are in parentheses. An index of reviews of films opening today appears on Page 10. Now Playing * ''BEFORE NIGHT FALLS,'' starring Javier Bardem
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Critic's Notebook; A No-Apologies Woman for the 90's: Harlow
NYTimes - almost 25 years
JEAN HARLOW represented everything that straitlaced 1930's America was supposed to despise. She played platinum-haired prostitutes, gold diggers and other trashy types with no apologies. In "Red-Headed Woman," she strategically places a picture of her rich, married boss under her garter and says, "It'll get me more there than it will hanging on the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Brabin
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 75
    Died on November 3, 1957.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1934
    Age 52
    His last film was A Wicked Woman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934. Brabin wed silent-film "vamp" star Theda Bara in 1921, remaining married to her until her death from abdominal cancer in April 1955 and becoming one of the rare long-lasting Hollywood marriages.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1908
    Age 26
    He joined the Edison Company around 1908, first acting then writing then directing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1882
    Age 0
    Born on April 17, 1882.
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