Presbrey, Eugene W.

(1853-1931)
   Born Eugene Wiley Presbrey in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, he started on Boston stages in 1874 before becoming a director under the auspices of producer A. M. Palmer. In the mid-1890s he began writing romantic comedies and dramas, directing their initial productions. These included The Courtship of Miles Standish (1895), A Ward of France (1897), A Virginia Courtship (1898), Worth a Million (1898), Marcella (1900), New England Folks (1901), and his greatest success, Raffles (1903), written with E. W. Hornung, based on Hornung's stories. He turned to motion picture writing around World War I, mostly drawing material from his plays.

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