Charles MacMahon was a theatrical entrepreneur born in Bendigo, Victoria, in 1853. In partnership with his brother James he produced numerous plays and stage shows in Melbourne, including the comic opera Paul Jones with Nellie Stewart in 1890. Among many overseas celebrities whom they brought to Australia for theatrical tours was the American boxer, John L Sullivan. As early as 1896, the MacMahons extended their theatrical repertoire to include film exhibition. After the production experiments of Robbery Under Arms and For The Term Of His Natural Life (1908), Charles concentrated on film exhibition in Australia and New Zealand until he returned briefly to production in 1916 with a feature-length travelogue, London by Day and Night. He died in Melbourne on 27 June 1917. Pike & Cooper: 8.
Robbery under Arms (Charles MacMahon, 1907) MacMahon's Exquisite Pictures, screenplay, scenario, script Charles MacMahon, from the novel by Rolf Boldrewood, dp Byers Coates, William Duff, 5000 ft. Jim Gerald (Warrigal), George Merriman, Lance Vane, William Duff, Arthur Guest, Rhoda Dendron
For the Term of his Natural Life (Charles MacMahon, 1908) prod. Charles MacMahon, E. J. Carroll, Messrs Gunn Osborne & Jerdan; from the novel by Marcus Clarke, dp Byers Coates; Martyn Keith, Rosie Knight Phillips, Mrs Barry Lane; 2000ft
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