The Vampire of the Desert, Happy Anniversary! Premiered Friday, May 16, 1913

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Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 18, 1913 Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 18, 1913

The scenario for, The Vampire of the Desert, was adapted from, The Vampire (penned in 1897), a poem by Rudyard Kipling.

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Kipling’s poem was in turn, stirred to life by the work of his cousin (Kipling’s aunt’s son) Phillip Burne-Jones, in the painting, The Vampire (finished earlier in 1897).

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The Vampire by Kipling then was used as fodder for the book, A Fool There Was, by Porter Emerson Browne in 1909; dedicated to actor Robert Hilliard.

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Spring saw the Broadway premiere of, A Fool There Was, the theatrical version of Browne’s book, starring good friend Robert Hilliard, along with William Courtleigh and Katherine Kaelred;[1] the production was staged at the Liberty theatre.

New York Tribune, New York, New York, March 24, 1909 New York Tribune, New York, New York, March 24, 1909

A Fool There Was, had some of its originality-thunder stolen by the opening of, The Vampire (unrelated to Burne-Jones’, Kipling’s…

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