Trimble, Laurence Biography

biography of Trimble, Laurence

15 February 1885, Robbinston, Maine, USA
8 February 1954, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

-   'Marian Constance Blackton' (qv) (1941 - 8 February 1954) (his death)

-   'Jane Murfin' (qv) (? - 192?) (divorced); daughter Jan

-   With his wife 'Jane Murfin' (qv), he brought 'Strongheart the Dog' (qv) to the United States, and tirelessly trained the former police dog to overcome his more dangerous tendencies. Ultimately, Strongheart became a champion dog, and later the first dog star in motion pictures.

-   In 1908 he sold a story about a dog to a New York magazine. The magazine hired him as a writer, and one day sent him to Vitagraph Studios to do a story about making movies. He took his dog, Jean, along with him and arrived at the studio at just the time when a unit was filming a scene with 'Florence Turner' (qv) and needed a dog. They hired both Trimble and Jean, and after the scene was shot both were asked to stay on. Trimble soon became a director and shot a series of very popular films starring his dog, 'Jean (III)' (qv). He later developed into one of Vitagraph's most important directors.

-   "New York Times" (USA), 10 February 1954, pg. 29:1, "Lawrence Trimble Dies; Silent Film Director and Dog Trainer Succumbs on Coast"

-   "Variety" (USA), 10 February 1954, "Lawrence Trimble"

-   "Classic" (USA), July 1923, pg. 20, 82, 84, by: Laurence Trimble, "Strongheart"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 10 January 1920, pg. 294, "Larry Trimble to Direct Zeena Keefe for Selznick"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 13 April 1918, pg. 232, "Power and Trimble Prepare for Work"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 6 April 1918, pg. 82, "Larry Trimble Visits Spokane"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 24 November 1917, pg. 1157, "Larry Trimble Petrova Director"

-   "Motion Picture World" (usa), 28 July 1917, pg. 627, "Larry Trimble a Goldwyn Director"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 19 August 1916, pg. 1223, by: Lynde Denig, "Lawrence Trimble Brings Turner Films"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 18 July 1914, pg. 441, "American Players in England"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 6 December 1913, pg. 1157, "Concerning Florence Turner"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 29 March 1913, pg. 1319, "Several Vitagraph Artists Close"

-   "Motion Picture World" (USA), 20 July 1912, pg. 252, "John Bunny in Merrie England"

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