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us: Hepworth Manufacturing Company


  • [In 1898, Cecil Hepworth, and his cousin Monty Wicks, joined Charles Urban at Maguire & Baucus, a London film company. When Urban fired them, Hepworth and Wicks set up their own film company, Hepwix, in 1899 at Walton-on-Thames. Hepworth acted as director, writer, producer and occasional actor while gradually building up an impressive roster of popular stars that made the renamed Hepworth Manufacturing Company, using 'Hepwix' as its trademark, pre-eminent in the British film business before the First World War.]

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    • us: Hepwix
  • Sources

    • found: The movies begin. Volume three, Experimentation and discovery, c1994: container (Hepworth Manufacturing Company; production company for How it feels to be run over, Explosion of a motor car, and Rescued by Rover)
    • found: Catching a burglar, 1908: (Hepworth Manufacturing Company)
    • found: Who's who of Victorian cinema WWW site, viewed May 8, 2015 (British film production and distribution company)
    • found: Charles Urban WWW site, viewed May 8, 2015 biographies page (Cecil M. Hepworth's Hepworth Manufacturing Company became Britain's most distinguished film company of the pre-World War I period; the company expanded into feature film production, but floundered with the rest of the British film industry in the early 1920s; Hepworth went bankrupt in 1924)
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    • [In 1898, Cecil Hepworth, and his cousin Monty Wicks, joined Charles Urban at Maguire & Baucus, a London film company. When Urban fired them, Hepworth and Wicks set up their own film company, Hepwix, in 1899 at Walton-on-Thames. Hepworth acted as director, writer, producer and occasional actor while gradually building up an impressive roster of popular stars that made the renamed Hepworth Manufacturing Company, using 'Hepwix' as its trademark, pre-eminent in the British film business before the First World War.]
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    • 2015-05-08: revised
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