In Hollywood 1916–1935

Eaton flirted with the film industry as early as 1915 but did not actually sign on with a studio until 1924, when she was hired by Universal Pictures, a leading producer of silent films. Eaton proved “able to turn out scripts rapidly and to order,” according to biographer Diana Birchall. She later worked for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and Twentieth-Century Fox, writing original screenplays as well as adaptations. William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and many other seasoned writers found writing for the film industry difficult but Eaton flourished. She found herself assigned to write film vehicles for two stars, Mary Nolan (Barbary Coast, Shanghai Lady) and Mary Philbin (Phantom of the Opera), and was able to translate her experience writing Japanese romances into scripts featuring exotic locales and peoples--which made up about a quarter of the work to which she was assigned.

In Hollywood

TitleDate PublishedTranscription Available
Gloria’s RomanceMay 1916No
Five Thousand Dollar Reward1918No
False Kisses1921No
The Wallop1921No
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Willard Mack to Collaborate With Mrs. Frances ReeveSeptember 14, 1921No
Scarlet Lily1923No
Phantom of the OperaJanuary 1925No
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Savage in Silks1917–1926No
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The Claw1927No
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Rose MarieSeptember 01, 1927No
Blood Will Tell1928No
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Honorable Movie Takee SojinMarch 1928Yes
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Butchering BrainsSeptember 1928Yes
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Barbary Coast Outline1929No
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Barbary Coast Treatment1929No
The Come on Girl1929No
The Mississippi Gambler1929No
Prince of Hearts1929No
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Shanghai Lady1929No
Showboat1929No
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What Happened to HayakawaJanuary 1929Yes
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I Could Get Any Woman’s Husband!March 1929Yes
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How Frenchmen Make LoveJune 1929Yes
East is West1930No
Movie Madness [Part Four]1930No
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Ropes1930Yes
Undertow1930No
What Men Want1930No
Young Desire1930No
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Movie Madness [Part One]February 1930Yes
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Movie Madness [Part Two]March 1930No
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Movie Madness [Part Three]April 1930No
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Hollywood Melody1931No
Ourang1931No
Brides Will Be Brides1917–1935No
Busman’s Holiday1917–1935No
Charity1917–1935No
Cowboy Racket1917–1935No
Gallegher1917–1935No
Gipsy1917–1935No
How They Cast1917–1935No
Idol of Paris1917–1935No
Imperial Road1917–1935No
Indian Summer1917–1935No
Leave It To Me1917–1935No
Love Me, Love My Dog1917–1935No
Man From Canada1917–1935No
McCoy1917–1935No
Old California1917–1935No
Oregon Trail1917–1935No
Pale Hands I Loved1917–1935No
Roofs1917–1935No
Un Peu D’Amour1917–1935No
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Wild Rose1917–1935Yes
Wild seed1923–1935No
Texas Rangers1936No
Singing Bandit1937No

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Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is the Technical Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive and a Developer at Simon Fraser University’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL). He is a graduate of the M.A. program in English at the University of British Columbia where he specialized in Indigenous and diasporic literature, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities.
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