Knowledge Identifier: +Marshall_Neilan
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1891.
Countries: United States (78%), California (17%), (6%)
Linked to: American Film Manufacturing Company, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, Kalem Company, Motion Picture Directors Association
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", "Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley", "M'Liss" in 1918, and "Daddy-Long-Legs" in 1919
Actor - The pervading presence of stage actors in film was the cause of this outburst from director Marshall Neilan in 1917: "The sooner the stage people who have come into pictures get out, the better for the pictures
Neilan's marriage to Bambrick ended in 1921 and a year later he married actress Blanche Sweet whom he directed on several occasions
A talented screenwriter, in 1927 he wrote the original story for the Howard Hughes film, "Hell's Angels"
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
Neilan died in Los Angeles in 1958 of throat cancer