Maurice Campbell

Active - 1920 - 1925  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

The husband of stage star Henrietta Crossman, Maurice Campbell had directed such Broadway shows as Mistress Nell and Sweet Kitty Bellairs prior to entering films with Paramount in 1920. Specializing in polite drawing-room comedy, Campbell went on to helm no less than eight popular potboilers with Paramount's brunette charmer Bebe Daniels, a delightful comedienne who had learned her craft opposite Harold Lloyd in scores of two-reel comedies in the 1910s. In 1925, Campbell produced and directed Wandering Fires starring a young Constance Bennett (Henrietta Crossman played Bennett's would-be mother-in-law) but the film was a failure and so was Burnt Fingers (1927), a mystery drama which he also wrote. His film career for all intents and purposes over after Burnt Fingers, Campbell returned to Broadway.