15 Facts About Arthur Berthelet


Arthur Rolette Berthelet was an American actor, stage and film director, dialogue director, and scriptwriter.


In 1918, Arthur Berthelet directed the controversial author and feminist Mary MacLane in Men Who Have Made Love to Me, a production notable for being among the first cinematic dramas to break the "fourth wall" and among the earliest American film projects to bring together on screen a woman's work as a published author, "scenarist", actor, and narrator through the use of intertitles.


Yet, Arthur Berthelet did not limit his acting to traveling shows.


Arthur Berthelet performed regularly on Broadway, appearing there in a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary-based plays such as King Henry V, Beaucaire, A Man's World, and His Wife by His Side Over that span of time he began to combine more and more his duties as an actor with directing stage productions and later with managing stock companies himself.


Arthur Berthelet was managing summer stock in Portsmouth, Ohio between 1909 and 1911, and then left that position to manage Lucille La Verne's company before moving on in 1914 to serve as stage director for Grayce Scott in Richmond, Virginia.


The farewell production is to be a notable one, for Director Arthur Berthelet has selected "The Devil", the famous Hungarian comedy, for the closing offering, and is making every effort to insure its production's eclipsing anything he has yet offered here.


Arthur Berthelet directed this screen version and has succeeded in presenting its thrills effectively.

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Director Arthur Berthelet, who produced "The Havoc" for Essanay, has added another success to his list.


Arthur Berthelet continued to direct features and shorts at Essanay for two years after the release of Sherlock Holmes.


In 1917, Arthur Berthelet wrote the story that was later developed into Essanay's comedy crime drama Beauty and the Rogue, a production directed the next year by Arthur Berthelet's studio colleague Henry King.


The next year, in 1918, before leaving Essanay, Arthur Berthelet completed two releases, one being his most controversial production, Men Who Have Made Love to Me.


Where the average set can be erected in a few hours, Director Arthur Berthelet consumed several weeks in completing the apartment.


Mr Arthur Berthelet held up the scene half a day until the right kind of a canary could be found for the cage.


Twenty months after the release of the comedy The Tender Years in January 1948, Arthur Berthelet died while being treated for ongoing circulatory problems at Casa Del Mar Sanitarium near Vista, California, located approximately 100 miles southeast of Hollywood.


Arthur Berthelet was survived by his wife Leona, their two sons, and by two of his brothers and two sisters.