Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers Wrote First Feature Adaptation of this Mark Twain Novel – American Film Institute

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Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers Wrote First Feature Adaptation of this Mark Twain Novel

Did You Know? Julia Crawford Ivers wrote the first feature film adaptation of HUCKLEBERRY FINN which was released 100 years ago this month. She has 48 credits in the AFI Catalog for writing, directing and producing silent films. She worked for Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in the early 1920s when it became known as Paramount Pictures, and collaborated with director William Desmond Taylor until his mysterious death in February 1922. Taylor’s murder case remains unresolved to this day, and Ivers’ brief stint as a suspect resulted in the moniker “Lady of the Shadows.” Her son, James Van Trees, was a successful cameraman at Famous Players-Lasky and Paramount, and collaborated with his mother on several pictures including her final film, THE WHITE FLOWER, which Ivers wrote and directed on location in Hawaii.

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