Monday, February 10, 2014

Paramount biography of Louise Brooks, circa 1927

I recently had the chance to see a scarce document, Biographies of the stars, featured players and directors who are appearing in Paramount pictures, by the Famous Players-Lasky Corp. Department of Foreign Publicity and Advertising. The document is dated 1927.

As is shown, Brooks was classified as a "Featured Player." This typescript-like document also contained biographical sketches of a number of other individuals associated with Brooks' time at Paramount, such as W.C. Fields (Star), Mary Brian (Featured Player), Lawrence Gray (Featured Player), Neil Hamilton (Featured Player), Percy Marmont (Featured Player), Adolphe Menjou (Featured Player), Esther Ralston (Star), Ford Sterling (Featured Player), and Lois Wilson (Featured Player). Each of their entries mention a film in which Louise Brooks appeared, as do the entries on directors Malcolm St. Clair and Frank Tuttle.

There are also entries on a few individuals who were yet to work with Brooks, including Richard Arlen (Featured Player), James Hall (Featured Player), and Thomas Meighan (Star).

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