Australian Life Biograph Company

Australian Life Biograph Company [was] a new enterprise based at a 'studio and factory' at Manly in Sydney, and using a regular troupe of players under the direction of a well-known actor, Gaston Mervale.
Like other producers, the company foundered in May 1912 because of difficulties in placing its work on the market. One of the company's financial backers, Rhodes Speight, later commented (in Theatre, 1 January 1915): 'At one time the company was turning over £300 a week, and employing six lecturers. This shows that Australian productions were a success, and would have continued so, had it not been for - among other things - the methods adopted by [the] Australian combine.' Pike & Cooper: 15

Tale Of The Australian Bush, A (Gaston Mervale, 1911) aka Ben Hall, The Notorious Bushranger; Australian Life Biograph Company, wr. P W Marony; A J Patrick (Ben Hall), Godfrey Cass (Melville), Harry Beaumont (Gilbert), James Martin (Keightley), Gilbert Emery (Chief of Police), Harrie Ireland (Mrs Keightley), Isma Owen (Robbie Hall), Louise Carbasse [Louise Lovely] (Mrs Hall); 2500 ft

One Hundred Years Ago (Gaston Mervale, 1911) Australian Life Biograph Company; wr. P. W. Marony; Louise Carbasse [Louise Lovely] (Judith), Harrie Ireland, A J Patrick, Godfrey Cass, Alf Scarlett, James Martin, Harry Beaumont; 2000ft

Ticket In Tatts, A (Gaston Mervale, 1911) Australian Life Biograph Company, wr. P. W. Marony, 2000 ft; A. J. Patrick, Alf Scarlett, Godfrey Cass, James Martin, Louise Carbasse [Louise Lovely], Harrie Ireland, Harry Beaumont

Colleen Bawn, The (Gaston Mervale, 1911) Australian Life Biograph Company, from the play by Dion Boucicault; Louise Carbasse [Louise Lovely], James Martin


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