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ROACH, Hal. B. Elmira. N.Y. Jan. 19,

1892. Married; 2 children.

When seventeen years of age was working in Alaska in the trucking business. Motion picture career began with Universal as a cowboy at twenty-five dollars a week. During the course of his work met Harold Lloyd, and the two raised enough money to make a picture which later sold at a considerable profit. The next step was the acquisition of the Roach Studios, which began their activities at Glendale. Then they went to Santa Monica, where the famous Lonesome Luke Comedies were produced.

From Santa Monica they moved to their present quarters at Culver City, where a big plant was installed in 1919. Hal Roach productions are now released through M.G.M.

ROGELL, Albert. B. Oklahoma, Aug.

21, 1901. Brown hair, blue eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 10J in. Wt. 12 st. 2 lb.

Ed. High School, Spokane, Wash. ;

Washington State College. M. Marion


Unlike many Hollywood directors, he began his career in motion pictures as an apprentice camera-man, with the fixed idea of learning the whole business. Was promoted to camera-man and later to assistant-director, 1921. Received bis first directorial opportunities with F.B.O. (now Radio), broadening his experiences soon after with other companies. Иолу producing under his own name for Tiffany


Chairman, R.C.A. Victor Company, Inc., and president Radio Corporation of America. Director, R.K.O., Radio Pictures, and R.K.O. Corporation.

SCHENCK, Joseph M. B. Russia, Dec.

25, 1882. M. Norma Talmadge.

In 1908 he began running amusements parks. He and his brother Nicholas still own the Palisades Park, New Jersey. His first screen venture was to film a magazine story, starring Jose Collins, under Roland West’s direction. In 1918 he produced Panthea, featuring Norma Talmadge and later became producer for Constance Talmadge, followed by Buster Keaton. In 1924 Schenck was elected chairman of United Artists Corporation, and in 1927 became president of the company.

SCHENCK, Nicholas M.

President, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation and Loews, Inc. (See J. M. Schenck.)

SCHULBERG, В. P. B. Bridgeport, Conn.

Jan. 19, 1892. Ed. High School, New

York City ; College of the City of New


Began his career as a reporter on the New York Evening Mail. His next position was associate-editor of the magazine, Film Reports, organized in the interests of Independent Producers and Exhibitors. In this capacity he was given the opportunity of making friendships that a year later enabled him to become actively interested in the motion picture industry, becoming at first

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publicity-director and scenario writer with Rex Pictures Corporation, New York City. A year later, when Adolf Zukor launched his Famous-Players Company, be was transferred to this firm (1912) and was partly responsible for the release of the first feature length motion picture sold in America, Queen Elizabeth, with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. One of the earliest films produced by his company was The Prisoner of Zenda. When Zukor’s Famous-Players company combined with Jesse L. Lasky in 1915 to become the Paramount Corporation, Schulberg retained his post and it was not until several years later that he decided to try his hand at independent production. Is credited with having discovered Clara Bow and to have given her her first opportunity.

SELZNICK, David О. B. Pittsburg, Pa.

Son of Lewis J. Selznick, founder of

Selznick Pictures. Ed. New7 York

public schools ; Columbia University.

M. Irene Mayer Selznick.

Was trained from early childhood to become an executive in the motion picture business. Was at one time associate producer at M.G.M. and then joined Paramount as executive assistant to В. P. Schulberg, v7ho was then general manager of West Coast productions for Paramount.

SENNETT, Mack. B. Denville, Quebec,


Began his career on the stage, in dancing roles in a touring company. First screen appearance was with the old Biograph Company, under D. W. Griffith. With two others he formed the Keystone Company, 1912, one of his first discoveries being Charlie Chaplin, whom he trained into the quaint little figure that will always be remembered as " Charlie ”—in spite of his graduation to “ Mr. Chaplin.” Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Gloria Swanson and Harry Langdon are among those who owe their early «training to Mack Sennett. His studio, has been christened “ The Sennett School of Film Acting,” so numerous are the successful stars who started with Uncle Mack. With the gradual disappearance of “ custard-pie ” comedy, Sennett faded into the obscurity of a provider of rather insignificant shorts. But, with the coming of sound pictures, he re-established himself as a maker of films. His one effort at deeper craftsmanship was Susanna (1923), with Mabel Normand, but it is for his slapstick humour that he is best known.

Also Produced : Good-bye Kiss,

Midnight Daddies, The Lion's Roar, Hollywood Theme Song, Dance-Hall Marge.

SHORTT, Rt. Hon. Edward, K.C. B. Mar. 10, 1862. Ed. Durham School and University. M. Isabella Stewart, 1890; Three daughters.

President, British Board of Film Censors since 1929. Recorder of Sunderland, 1907-18 ; M.P., W. Newcastle,

1910-22 ; Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1918-19 ; Home Secretary, 1919-22. Occupies in Britain the position which in America is held by Will Hays, and is the final censor of all films intended for exhibition in this country.

STARR, Herman.

Vice-President, Warner Bi others

Pictures, Inc.

THALBERG, Irving. Full name, Irving Grant Thalberg. B. Brooklyn, N.Y., May 30, 1899. Ed. Brooklyn. M. Norma Shearer ; one son.

Began his motion picture career with Universal as secretary, later becoming private secretary to Carl Laemmle, Senr., a position which he retained for two years before becoming general manager and director for the same company. Later joined Louis B. Mayer as production head and, when the latter became affiliated with Metro-Goldwyn, he was promoted to production manager for the new organization.

WARNER, Albert.

Vice-President, Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., and Director of First National Pictures, Inc. One of the famous Warner brothers. (See Jack Warner.)

WARNER, Harry.

President, Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., and senior of the three brothers who formed this firm. (See Jack Warner.)

WARNER, Jack. B. London, Ont., Canada. Ed. Baltimore schools.

On completing his education joined his brothers, Harry and Albert, in a bicycle shop at Youngstown, Ohio. Being the youngest of the three, it was not unnatural that he should play the part of errand boy, clerk and general handyman. Later, the brothers turned their attention to the entertainment world and, with the purchase of their first theatre at Newcastle, Pa., their active interest in this direction began. Here young Warner was given the opportuuity of utilizing his tenor voice and used to sing illustrated songs. When the Warner brothers began

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renting films he inspected the pictures that were being considered, and it was on his judgment that decisions were made. Ill-fortune came to the famous brothers in time, compelling them to separate, thus it was that Jack paid his first visit to Hollywood in search of a new career. Having learnt the essentials of the motion picture business, he began producing a series of A1 St. John and Monty Banks comedies. After a time the brothers joined again and presented the world with My Four Years in Germany. It was due to Jack Warner’s artistic and productive abilities that this film became a great success and laid the foundation of the Warner Brothers' present position in the motion picture industry. Having found that direction was his true vocation, he thereafter took an interest in all subsequent productions. Having established themselves, the Warner Brothers opened a studio on the West Coast of America, which was again mainly under the control of the youngest brother. He was later called to Hollywood to participate in the development of the Vitaphone Company which was inaugurated at the time when talkies were causing a revolution in the motion picture industry. It is due to his guidance that the interests of this company have been promoted tp their present influential position in the motion picture world.

WEST, Roland. B. Cleveland, Ohio, 18S7. M. Jewel Carmen.

The motion picture business had not even been remotely heard of when Roland West turned his attention to theatricals. He began as an actor and achieved a certain amount of success in this direction. Before he was to produce his first picture—■ Lost Souls, with Joseph Schenck—he was to be playwright, director and producer of stage plays. With Joseph Schenck he chose to make himself responsible for the creative side of the business rather than take an interest in finance. During those days he made many successful films, among them De Luxe Annie, with Norma Talmadge. Left the motion-picture business for a period of two years to produce The Unknown Purple on the legitimate stage. On his return to Hollywood was offered the post of associate producer by United Artists. Among his more successful and recent productions are The Monster, The Bat, The Dove and Alibi.

WILCOX, Herbert. B. Cork, Ireland. 1892. Ed. Brighton. Dark hair, blue eyes.

After demobilization from the Army in 1919 began to take an active interest in the British motion picture industry. Was at first secretary and director of Astra films and is now a director and one of the most active personalities in British and Dominion Film Corporation Limited, which has its studios (one of the most up-to-date in Europe) at Elstree. One of his greatest productions, Good Night Vienna (B. & D.), starring Jack Buchanan, met with world-wide success. Other films directed by him include Chit Chin Chow, Nell Gwyn, Pompadour, Dawn, and Carnival (B. & D.).


Associated with the Ostrer Brothers in their film ventures First took an active interest in this country’s motion picture industry in 1919, when, as a partner in W. & F. Film Service, Ltd., he was successful with his exploitation of Harold Lloyd comedies. Is one of the men to whom great credit is due for the progress made by British films since the War. Is now deputy chairman and joint managing director of Gaumont-British Picture Corporation, Ltd., and managing director of W. & F. Film Service, Ltd.

ZANUCK, Darryl. B. Wahoo, Neb.

Brown hair, blue-grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft.

7¾ in. Wt. 9 st. 4 lb. Ed. Oakdale,

Neb. High School. M. Virginia Fox ;

one daughter, b. Aug. 28, 1931.

During his career has been associate executive in charge of Warner Bros, pictures, general production chief, and chief executive in charge of all productions also for the same company. Among the many successful films which have come under his supervision are Singing Fool, Noah’s Ark and My Man.

ZUKOR, Adolph. B. Hungary, about

1874. Grey hair. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in.

Married ; one son.

Journeyed to the United States when fifteen years of age and there began his business career in the fur trade. Later, an experiment with one of the early “ flicks ” with which he toured about the country led him to take a much more active interest in this new form of entertainment, with the result that he began making full-length films and concentrating on creating his own stars (one of them being Mary Pickford). This, it can be said with little exaggeration, set an example upon which much of Hollywood’s present prosperity and success is based. Is president of the Paramount Company, formed by him in 1912.

The world film encyclopedia, 1933

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