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lulu  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.

The Street of Forgotten Men (1925)
-- Screenplay by Paul Schofield, adapted from a story by George Kibbe Turner.

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).

The American Venus (1926)
--- Screenplay by Frederick Stowers, from an original story by Townsend Martin. (Titles by Robert Benchley.)

Townsend Martin was an accomplished author, screenwriter and longtime friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A Social Celebrity (1926)
--- Screenplay by Pierre Collings, from an original story, "I'll See You Tonight," by Monte J. Katterjohn.

It's the Old Army Game (1926)
--- Screenplay by Thomas J. Geraghty and J. Clarkson Miller from a story by J. P. McEvoy. (Titles by Ralph Spence.)

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).

show off
1924 novelization of
The Show Off

The Show-Off (1926)
--- Screenplay by Pierre Collings, adapted from the Broadway stage play of the same name by George Kelly.

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)
-- subtitled "a transcript of life in three acts;" preface by Heywood Broun

Kelly, George. The Show-Off. New York: Samuel French, 19??. (United States)
-- edition of the play for actors, printed as a thick booklet

Kelly, George. Three Plays. New York: Limelight Editions, 1999. (United States)
-- The Show-Off is included in this volume, as are biographical and critical essays by William J. Lynch and a foreword by Wendy Wasserstein

Just Another Blonde (1926)
--- Screenplay by Paul Shofield, adapted from the short story "Even Stephen" by Gerald Beaumont. (Titles by George Marion.)

"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 (1927)
--- Screenplay by Townsend Martin, adapted from the stage play Love 'Em and Leave 'Em, a Comedy in Three Acts by John V. A. Weaver and George Abbott.

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)
-- first edition of the play first produced at the Sam. H. Harris Theatre, New York, Feb. 3, 1926

Evening Clothes (1927)
--- Screenplay by John McDermott, adapted from the play The Man in Evening Clothes (L'Homme en habit; piece en trois actes; Paris, 1922) by Andre Picard and Yves Mirande. (Titles by George Marion.)

Rolled Stockings (1927)
--- Screenplay by Percy Heath, adapted from an original story by Frederica Sagor. (Titles by Julian Johnson.)

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.

Now We're in the Air (1927)
--- Screenplay by Thomas J. Geraghty, adapted from an original story idea by Monte Brice and Keene Thompson. (Titles by George Marion.)

The City Gone Wild (1927)
--- Screenplay by Jules Furthman, adapted from an original story idea by Jules and Charles Furthman. (Titles by Herman Mankiewicz.)

An early friend of Brooks, Mankiewicz was also a well known screen writer whose credits include Citizen Kane (1941).

A Girl in Every Port (1928)
--- Screenplay by Seton I. Miller, adapted from an original story idea by Howard Hawks and J. K. McGuinness. (Titles by Malcolm Stuart Boylan).

gods of the lightning
Gods of the Lightning

Beggars of Life (1928)
--- Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer and Jim Tully, adapted from the book of the same name by Jim Tully. (Titles by Julian Johnson.)

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)
-- first edition

Tully, Jim. Beggars of Life. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. (United States)
-- photoplay edition with four stills from the film; for more on this particular edition, see Photoplay Editions page.

Tully, Jim. Beggars of Life. Wm. Collins & Sons, 1928. (England)
-- photoplay edition; for more on this particular edition, see Photoplay Editions page.

The Canary Murder Case (1929)
--- Screenplay by Florence Ryerson and Albert Shelby Le Vino, adapted from the book of the same name by S. S. Van Dine. (Titles by Herman Mankiewicz.)

scribner edition
1930 Scribner edition of
Canary Murder Case

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)
-- first edition

Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929. (United States)
-- photoplay edition with four stills from the film; for more on this particular edition, see Photoplay Editions page.

Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. (United States)
-- edition published as part of the "Philo Vance Series" with frontis piece depicting Louise Brooks; for more on this particular edition, see Photoplay Editions page.

Van Dine, S. S. The Canary Murder Case. Boston: Gregg Press, 1980. (United States)
-- edition published as part of a series edited by Otto Penzler, with an introduction by Chris Steinbrunner; frontis piece depicts Louise Brooks

Pandora's Box (1929)
--- Screenplay by Ladislaus Vajda, adapted from the plays Erdgeist and Die Buchse der Pandora by Frank Wedekind.

1918 American edition of
Wedekind's plays

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)
-- translated by Samuel A. Eliot, Jr.

Wedekind, Frank. Five Tragedies of Sex. London: Vision, 1952. (England)
-- translated by Frances Fawcett and Stephen Spender

Wedekind, Frank. The Lulu Plays.Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, 1967. (United States)
-- translated and with an introduction by Carl Richard Mueller

Wedekind, Frank. Lulu: a Sex Tragedy.London: Heinemann Educational, 1971. (England)
-- adapted by Peter Barnes from Wedekind's Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box; translated by Charlotte Beck, with an introduction by Martin Esslin

Wedekind, Frank. The Lulu Plays & other Sex Tragedies.London: Calder and Boyars, 1972. (England)
-- translated by Stephen Spender

Wedekind, Frank. The First Lulu. New York: Applause Theatre Books, 1993. (United States)
-- English version by Eric Bentley

diary of a lost one
1908 American edition of
The Diary of a Lost One

Diary of a Lost Girl (1928)
--- Screenplay by Rudolf Leonhardt, adapted from the novel Tagebuch einer verlorenen (The Diary of a Lost One) by Margarete Böhme.

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)
--- this page contains the foreword, and preface, to the American edition

Böhme, Margarete. Tagebuch einer verlorenen. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1989. (Germany)
--- the cover of this German edition features Brooks in a scene from the film

Prix de Beaute (1930)
--- Screenplay by Augusto Genina, Rene Clair, Bernard Zimmer, and Alessandro de Stefani from an original story by G. W. Pabst and Rene Clair. A novel based on the film was published in France in 1932. Published by Jules Tallandier and authored by [Lucien ?] Boisyvon, this edition contained images from the film.

Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931)
--- Screenplay by Ernest Pagano and Jack Townley, adapted from the cartoon-strip character of Ken Kling.

It Pays to Advertise (1931)
--- Screenplay by Roi Cooper Megrue and Walter Hackett. Adapted from their 1915 play of the same name, which was published in 1917.

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.

God's Gift to Women (1931)
--- Screenplay by Joseph Jackson and Raymond Griffith, adapted from the stage play The Devil Was Sick by Jane Hinton.

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 (1936)
--- Screenplay by Frances Guihan, adapted from a story by Cherry Wilson.

"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.

King of Gamblers (1937)
--- Screenplay by Doris Anderson, adapted from an original story idea by Tiffany Thayer.

The well known writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur were uncredited contributors to the script.

When You're in Love (1937)
--- Screenplay by Robert Riskin, adapted from an original story idea by Ethel Hill and Cedric Worth.

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.

Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
--- Screenplay by Luci Ward, adapted from a story by Bernard McConville and Edmond Kelso, based on characters created by William Colt McDonald.


Louder, please (1931)
--- Stageplay by Norman Krasna.

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)
-- first edition



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