~Charles Brabin~

Born: April 17, 1882 in Liverpool, England, UK
Died: November 3, 1957 in Santa Monica, CA, USA
~Promotional photograph of Director Charles Brabin
with Writer June Mathis - Preproduction meeting for
Ben-Hur~
~Silent Filmography~
British-born director Charles J. Brabin came to the States as a stage actor, switching to films at the
Edison Studios in New Jersey in 1908. Making the transition to director, Brabin guided such
well-received productions as The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914) and The Raven (1914). Brabin
gave a leg-up to the career of fellow director Rex Ingram, who was his assistant in several important
films. In 1919, Brabin directed two of the last films of exotic actress Theda Bara, who married him in
1921. Gaining critical adulation for his independently produced Driven (1923), Brabin was assigned to
MGM's mammoth Ben-Hur. Despite the support of the film's scenarist June Mathis, who regarded his
technique as "perfect," Brabin was replaced for working too slow for the tastes of the studio's new
administration (one close friend allowed that Brabin was better at describing a beautiful scene than
actually filming it). Brabin responded by suing the studio for damages, but returned to the MGM fold
in 1930 as a contract director. His early talkies The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) and Beast of the City
(1932) are masterpieces of gloomy morbidity, leading MGM to believe that Brabin could handle the
melancholy aspects of the studio's Rasputin and the Empress (1933). Again, however, Brabin's work
failed to impress the higher-ups, and again he was replaced, this time never to return to MGM. He
spent the last quarter century of his life in retirement with his first and only bride, Theda Bara. In her
declining years, Ms. Bara began affecting the high-toned British accent of her husband -- itself an
affectation, since Brabin was born in Liverpool. Theda Bara died in 1955; Charles Brabin passed away
two years later.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Biography~
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