Bain News Service,, publisher.
H. Abrams, Mary Pickford & mother, A. Kelly, J. Schenck etc.
[no date recorded on caption card]
1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
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Source: Flickr Commons
Gladys Louise Smith (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979), known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-American stage and screen actress and producer with a career that spanned five decades. A pioneer in the US film industry, she co-founded Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists, and was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.3 Pickford is considered to be one of the most recognisable women in history.4
Charlotte Hennessey Smith (Pickford) (January 1, 1873 – March 22, 1928) was a Canadian silent film actress and the mother of Mary, Lottie, and Jack Pickford, who all became actors.
Joseph Michael Schenck (/ˈskɛŋk/; December 25, 18761 – October 22, 1961) was a Russian-born American film studio executive.
Hiram Abrams (22 February 1878 – 15 November 1926) was an early American movie mogul and one of the first presidents of Paramount Pictures. He was also the first managing director of United Artists.
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin Jr. KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona, the Tramp, and is considered one of the film industry's most important figures. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.
Douglas Elton Fairbanks Sr.1 (born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman; May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer.2 He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films including The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro, but spent the early part of his career making comedies.
chaplinfortheages.tumblr.com/post/615033461362868224/circ... shows this picture and identifies A. Kelly as Arthur Kelly and says, "Eventually Arthur Kelly came to work at United Artists, first as Chaplin’s representative later on as Vice-President." So this is probably a group associated with United Artists after D.W. Griffith left by 1924 [stated without citation in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Artists#Early_years ]
A date written on the negative is 11/11/24. This is shortly before the 11/22/24 date written on Chaplin's copy of an agreement between Chaplin, Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Schenk [ see www.charliechaplinarchive.org/en/collection/cerca/agreeme... ] The agreement was apparently made in New York, but that doesn't mean that this photo was taken in New York.
Jon (LOC P&P)
Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] and https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for all the identifications. I don't think anyone mentioned the second guy who is Dennis O'Brien, an attorney who was at the contract signing. We'll add all their names to the catalog record.