This page presents an annotated checklist of source material (and related books) for the films of Louise Brooks. Entries are arranged chronologically by film. Names are hyperlinked to the Internet Movie Database, which provides additional credits and career details. For each source, additional biographical notes and bibliographical entries are offered. If you can provide further information on any of the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . For additional information on the films of Louise Brooks, please visit the Louise Brooks Filmography.
George Kibbe Turner's story, "The Street of the Forgotten Men," was published in the February, 1925 issue of Liberty magazine. It is an O. Henry-esque romance set in a "cripple factory" run by professional beggars in New York's Bowery. Some of Turner's other books include The Biography of a Million Dollars (1919), White Shoulders (1921), and Hagar's Hoard (1925).
Townsend Martin was an accomplished author, screenwriter and longtime friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
McEvoy contributed to the Ziegfeld Folles of 1925. Along with his hit play, The Potters (1924), McEvoy also wrote a handful of novels, including two "inspired" by Louise Brooks, Show Girl (1928) and Hollywood Girl (1929).
George Kelly, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, was the uncle of actress Grace Kelly. The Show Off, quite popular in its day, has been printed numerous times over the years. A novelization of the play by William Almon Wolff was published in 1924.
Kelly, George. The Show-Off. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1924. (United States)
Kelly, George. The Show-Off. New York: Samuel French, 19??. (United States)
Kelly, George. Three Plays. New York: Limelight Editions, 1999. (United States)
"Even Stephen" was first published in Redbook magazine in October, 1925. A fictionalized version of the screenplay by Virginia Brusnwick Smith appeared in the December 28, 1926 issue of Moving Picture Stories. Gerald Beaumont's books include Hearts and the Diamond (1921) and Riders up! (1922).
Love 'Em and Leave 'Em, a Comedy in American was published in the May, 1926 issue of Theatre magazine. Writer John Van Alstyne Weaver was an accomplished poet as well as a screen writer whose credits include The Crowd (1928).
Abbott, George and Weaver, John Van Alstyne. Love 'em and leave 'em a comedy in three acts,. New York: Samuel French, 1926. (United States)
Evening Clothes (1927)
Frederica Sagor (Mass) was a prolific screenwriter during the 1920's; she penned a number of films starring Norma Shearer and Clara Bow. Among her best known efforts is The Plastic Age.
An early friend of Brooks, Mankiewicz was also a well known screen writer whose credits include Citizen Kane (1941).
A one-time hobo who rode the rails, Jim Tully was a popular author of the 1920's. He wrote for the leading magazines of the day, including various film publications. Beggars of Life was republished a number of times in hardback during the 1920's. It was also adapted as a play by Maxwell Anderson (as "Outside Looking In"), and as a play, published in Gods of the Lightning (Longmans, Green and Co., 1928). [ For more on the author, see Jim Tully - for further reading. ]
Tully, Jim. Beggars of Life. New York: A. C. Boni, 1924. (United States)
Tully, Jim. Beggars of Life. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. (United States)
Tully, Jim. Beggars of Life. Wm. Collins & Sons, 1928. (England)
S. S. Van Dine was the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright, a well regarded art critic, one time editor of The Smart Set, and brother of the American modernist painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright. The Canary Murder Case, part of a series of detective novels featuring the character Philo Vance, has been republished numerous times in both hardback and paperback editions. It was also adapted as a play ("based on the famous mystery novel and motion picture") by Walton Butterfield and Lee Morrison and published by Samuel French (1930). [ For more on the author, see S.S. Van Dine - for further reading.]
Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. (United States)
Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929. (United States)
Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. (United States)
Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. Boston: Gregg Press, 1980. (United States)
Wedekind's Erdgeist and Die Buchse der Pandora have been published numerous times (and in various translations) since they were first published in Germany.
Wedekind, Frank. Erdgeist, tragödie in vier aufzügen. München: A. Langen, 1903. (Germany)
Wedekind, Frank. Die büchse der Pandora, tragödie in drei aufzügen. Berlin: B. Cassirer, 1904. (Germany)
Wedekind, Frank. Pandora's Box; a tragedy in three acts. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1918. (United States)
Wedekind, Frank. Five Tragedies of Sex. London: Vision, 1952. (England)
Wedekind, Frank. The Lulu Plays.Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, 1967. (United States)
Wedekind, Frank. Lulu: a Sex Tragedy.London: Heinemann Educational, 1971. (England)
Wedekind, Frank. The Lulu Plays & other Sex Tragedies.London: Calder and Boyars, 1972. (England)
Wedekind, Frank. The First Lulu. New York: Applause Theatre Books, 1993. (United States)
Böhme, Margarete. Tagebuch einer verlorenen. Berlin: F. Fontane & Co., 1905. (Germany)
Böhme, Margarete. The Diary of a Lost One. New York: The Hudson Press. 1908. (United States)
Böhme, Margarete. Tagebuch einer verlorenen. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1989. (Germany)
Prix de Beaute (1930)
The original play was novelized by Samuel Field (Duffield & Co., 1915).
Megrue, Roi Cooper and Hackett, Walter. It Pays to Advertise. New York: Samuel French, 1917.
Raymond Griffith was a well known screen actor whose career began in 1914. He quit acting after his memorable appearance in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), whereupon he entered the production side of the movie business.
"Empty Saddles" first appeared in the December, 1928 issue of Western Story Magazine, and was serialized over five issues. Cherry Wilson's other books include such Western fiction as Black Wing's Rider (1934) and Stirrup Brother (1935).
Wilson, Cherry. Empty Saddles. New York: Chelsea House, 1929.
Wilson, Cherry. Empty Saddles. Bath: Gunsmoke, 2001.
As a screenwriter, Robert Riskin collaborated with Frank Capra on many of the director's best known films. When You're in Love was the first film Riskin directed.
Louder, please (1931)
Brooks appeared very briefly in this stage comedy about Hollywood, but was replaced before it opened on Broadway in November, 1931. Krasna is best known as one of the authors of the screenplay for White Christmas; he also wrote scripts for the Marx Brothers, Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock.
Krasna, Norman. Louder, please. Samuel French, circa 1932. (United States)