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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 1 May 2013 15:02:30 -0500
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A colleague is trying to track down information about the appearance of Eva
Louise Murphy in the 1914 version of Mary Pickford's TESS OF THE STORM
COUNTRY (not the 1922 version).

Can anyone identify the role she played in it? The regular online resources
have turned up dry.



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From: Weddle, Jeff <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, May 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Subject: Film history question
To: "Butler, Jeremy" <[log in to unmask]>

Dear Jeremy:****

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I have a vexing film history question with which I hope you might be able
to help. I’m working on a book about Charles Raven Brockmann,  who, among
other things, spent parts of 1912-1914 in Los Angeles, where he mingled
with some of the folks involved in the nascent film industry. One of his
friends was a young woman named Eva Louise Murphy, whom he states in a
diary entry appears in the 1914 version of Mary Pickford’s Tess of the
Storm Country. Not long after that film was shot, Ms. Murphy left Los
Angeles for New York. I assume she went there to act, but that is only

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It would be great if I could actually identify Ms. Murphy’s role in the
film and describe her performance, but without her name on a list of
credits, I am stumped.****

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I haven’t been able to find the first mention of Ms. Murphy outside of
Brockmann’s diary, and wondered if you might have some advice.****

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I found a copy of the film on eBay and have watched it. Unfortunately, in
my copy at least, only Mary Pickford is given a credit. ****

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One intriguing clue, though perhaps it is a red herring, comes in
Brockmann’s 1916 diary. After watching the film, A Parisian Romance,
starring Dorothy Green, Brockmann left the theater pretty much convinced
that Dorothy Green was, in fact, Eva Louise Murphy. Brockmann and Murphy
were apparently good friends, so even if Dorothy Green were not Murphy, I
suspect the two women were quite similar in appearance. I’ve read that
Dorothy Green was born in Russia, and if that’s true, she probably wasn’t
really Ms. Murphy. But, you never know….****

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I do appreciate any help or advice you can offer.


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All best,****


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Jeff Weddle, Ph.D.****

Associate Professor****

School of Library and Information Studies****

The University of Alabama****


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Jeremy Butler <> <> <> <> <> <>

Professor - TCF Dept. - U Alabama

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