John Emerson

John Emerson

Known for: Writing
Birthday: 1874-05-29
Deathday: 1956-03-07 (81 years old)

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John Emerson (born Clifton Paden; May 29, 1874 – March 7, 1956) was an American stage actor, playwright, producer, and director of silent films (many featuring Douglas Fairbanks). Emerson was married to Anita Loos from June 15, 1919 until his death, and prior to that the couple had worked together as a writing team for motion pictures. They would continue to be credited jointly, even as Loos pursued independent projects. Born and educated in Ohio, Emerson's earliest documented acting credits date from 1904, however like D. W. Griffith he probably played in regional stock companies before then. By 1912—the earliest known year for his involvement in film, as a writer—Emerson was working regularly as a director and writer on the Broadway stage. After periods with American Film Manufacturing Company, where he worked with Allan Dwan and Famous Players-Lasky, Emerson collaborated with George Nichols in making Ghosts, a Griffith production made for Reliance-Majestic Studios during the waning days of work on The Birth of a Nation. The result impressed Griffith to such an extent that Emerson stayed on as Reliance-Majestic changed its name to Fine Arts Film Company and came under the Triangle Film Corporation banner.

John Emerson became one Triangle's best-known directors, primarily after the partnership with writer Anita Loos began in 1916; Griffith also valued the pair as being among the best film editors in the business, and they also worked on editing Griffith's massive Intolerance in addition to light, breezy and athletic comedies starring Douglas Fairbanks. Emerson seemed to lose interest in direction around 1919, and afterward worked as a producer and writer, though commonly in projects more readily associated with Loos' taste than his own. Loos wrote extensively, and often disparagingly, of Emerson in her memoirs, but in her early career insisted on maintaining the appearance of partnership with Emerson even if there was none. Emerson's later years were marked by mental illness and long institutionalizations; Loos never divorced him.

Although Anita Loos' memoirs may not paint Emerson in the most flattering of terms, the silent films he directed from 1915–19 were important ones. Most of them survive, and several—notably The Mystery of the Leaping Fish and The Americano—remain among the most frequently seen films from this period.

He was president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1920 to 1928.

Filmography

All 48

Movies 48

Writter 26

Director 15

Producer 3

Writer
Ishayat hub

Ishayat hub (1960)

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4
Associate Producer
Saratoga

Saratoga (1937)

Movie
Producer
Mama Steps Out

Mama Steps Out (1937)

Movie
Producer
San Francisco

San Francisco (1936)

Movie
Writer
The Girl from Missouri

The Girl from Missouri (1934)

Movie
4
Writer
Social Register

Social Register (1934)

Movie
Writer
The Struggle

The Struggle (1931)

Movie
4.38
Writer
Ex-Bad Boy

Ex-Bad Boy (1931)

Movie
Writer
Conspiracy

Conspiracy (1930)

Movie
Writer
The Fall of Eve

The Fall of Eve (1929)

Movie
Writer
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)

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Writer
The Whole Town's Talking

The Whole Town's Talking (1926)

Movie
Writer
Learning to Love

Learning to Love (1925)

Movie
Writer
Dulcy

Dulcy (1923)

Movie
Writer
Red Hot Romance

Red Hot Romance (1922)

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Director
Polly of the Follies

Polly of the Follies (1922)

Movie
Writer
Woman's Place

Woman's Place (1921)

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Writer
Mama's Affair

Mama's Affair (1921)

Movie
Writer
Dangerous Business

Dangerous Business (1920)

Movie
Writer
The Perfect Woman

The Perfect Woman (1920)

Movie
Writer
The Love Expert

The Love Expert (1920)

Movie
Writer
In Search of a Sinner

In Search of a Sinner (1920)

Movie
Writer
Two Weeks

Two Weeks (1920)

Movie
Writer
A Virtuous Vamp

A Virtuous Vamp (1919)

Movie
Writer
The Isle of Conquest

The Isle of Conquest (1919)

Movie
Writer
A Temperamental Wife

A Temperamental Wife (1919)

Movie
Writer
Getting Mary Married

Getting Mary Married (1919)

Movie
Writer
Under the Top

Under the Top (1919)

Movie
Director
Come on In

Come on In (1918)

Movie
Writer
Let's Get a Divorce

Let's Get a Divorce (1918)

Movie
Director
Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon (1917)

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Director
Down to Earth

Down to Earth (1917)

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Director
Wild and Woolly

Wild and Woolly (1917)

Movie
Director
In Again, Out Again

In Again, Out Again (1917)

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Director
The Americano

The Americano (1916)

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Writer
The Matrimaniac

The Matrimaniac (1916)

Movie
Director
Less Than the Dust

Less Than the Dust (1916)

Movie
Director
The Social Secretary

The Social Secretary (1916)

Movie
Director
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1916)

Movie
Winthrop Clavering
The Flying Torpedo

The Flying Torpedo (1916)

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Director
His Picture in the Papers

His Picture in the Papers (1916)

Movie
Director
Macbeth

Macbeth (1916)

Movie
Director
Old Heidelberg

Old Heidelberg (1915)

Movie
Director
Ghosts

Ghosts (1915)

Movie
Tom Warder
The Failure

The Failure (1915)

Movie
David Holmes
The Bachelor's Romance

The Bachelor's Romance (1915)

Movie
Actor
The Grey Sentinel

The Grey Sentinel (1913)

Movie
Director
Geronimo’s Last Raid

Geronimo’s Last Raid (1912)

Movie

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1919
1918
1960

Information

Known for
Writing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1874-05-29

Deathday
1956-03-07 (81 years old)

Place of birth
Sandusky, United States of America

Relationships
Anita Loos (1919-01-01 - 1956-01-01)

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Clifton Paden


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