Daniel Frohman

Daniel Frohman (August 22, 1851 – December 26, 1940) was an American theatrical producer and manager, and an early film producer.

Daniel Frohman
Daniel Frohman
Frohman, October 19, 1907 (aged 56)
BornAugust 22, 1851
DiedDecember 26, 1940 (aged 89)
OccupationAmerican theatrical producer and early film producer
Parent(s)Henry Frohman
Barbara Straus Frohman


Frohman was born to a Jewish family[1][2] in Sandusky, Ohio. His parents were Henry (1826-1899) and Barbara (Babelle) Straus (1828-1891) Frohman.[3] In his younger days he worked as a clerk at the New York Tribune, and while there witnessed the fatal shooting of the reporter Albert Deane Richardson by Daniel McFarland on November 25, 1869, and was a witness at McFarland's murder trial.

With his brothers Charles and Gustave Frohman, he helped to develop a system of road companies that would tour the nation while the show also played in New York City. The three brothers worked together at the Madison Square Theatre in the early 1880s. Daniel was the producer-manager of the old and new Lyceum Theatres and the Lyceum stock company from 1886 to 1909. During this period he launched careers for such actors as E. H. Sothern, Henry Miller, William Faversham, Maude Adams, Richard Mansfield and James Keteltas Hackett.

Daniel Frohman was at one time, 1903–1909, married to Broadway actress Margaret Illington. Illington later married Major Edward Bowes.

Frohman became involved in the motion picture business as a partner and producer with Adolph Zukor in the Famous Players Film Company. He worked from offices on West 26th Street in New York City; between 1913 and 1917 he was part of the production of more than seventy films.

On his death in 1940, Frohman was buried in the Union Field Cemetery in Queens, near his brother Charles, who had died in 1915 in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.


Daniel Frohman Lyceum Theatre Co. Lithograph - 1897, Library of Congress Collection (Theatrical poster for The Princess and the Butterfly)

The Man from Mexico-1914-newspaperad

The Man from Mexico, is a 1914 silent film produced by the Famous Players Film Company and Daniel Frohman.

Daughter MacGregor Wiki

The Daughter of MacGregor, is a 1916 silent film produced by Daniel Frohman for Famous Players Film Company.

May Blossom poster

May Blossom, was a 1915 feature film effort by Allan Dwan.


  1. ^ 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia: "FROHMAN, DANIEL" By: Cyrus Adler, Edgar Mels retrieved August 30, 2015
  2. ^ "Frohman, U.S. family of theatrical figures, born in Sandusky, Ohio. Daniel (1851–1940), Gustave (1855–1930), and Charles (1860–1915)". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Daniel Frohman". Dictionary of American Biography. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1944. Retrieved 22 November 2018. – via General OneFile (subscription required)


  • Thomas Allston Brown, A History of the New York Stage From the First Performance in 1732 to 1901, vol. III, (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903)
  • George Cooper, Lost Love: A True Story of Passion, Murder, and Justice in Old New York (New York: Random House/Pantheon, 1994) ISBN 0-679-43398-8
  • Stanhope Searles, "Six Books of the Month: Charles Frohman, Manager and Man", The Bookman, vol. 44, no. 3 (November 1916) p. 306

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A Good Little Devil

A Good Little Devil is a 1914 silent film starring Mary Pickford (her first feature-length film), produced by Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman, and distributed on a 'State's Rights' basis.

Pickford, along with friend Lillian Gish, appeared in the Broadway play version of the story prior to Pickford making this film. Much of the cast of the play appeared in the film version. This film is essentially lost, with only one of the five reels surviving.

A Lady of Quality (1913 film)

A Lady of Quality is a lost 1913 silent film drama directed by J. Searle Dawley and starring stage star Cissy Loftus. It was produced by Daniel Frohman and Adolph Zukor and was among the first of his feature-length productions.

Aftermath (1914 film)

Aftermath is a lost 1914 silent film drama produced by Daniel Frohman and Adolph Zukor. It was released on a State Rights basis.

Caprice (1913 film)

Caprice is a 1913 silent film produced by Daniel Frohman and Adolph Zukor released by Famous Players Film Company and starring Mary Pickford. J. Searle Dawley directed.[1] Though Zukor helped finance the film it was distributed on a 'State's Rights' arrangement primarily since no Paramount Pictures had yet to exist. The story of this film had been acted on the stage by a young Minnie Maddern Fiske in the 1880s, one of her earliest successes as an adult actress. The same story gives Pickford the chance to arise to the height of a fine actress instead of just merely a popular performer. This film is lost.

Cinderella (1914 film)

Cinderella is a 1914 silent film starring Mary Pickford, directed by James Kirkwood Sr., produced by Daniel Frohman, and released by Famous Players Film Company. The film is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella. The film was released on Blu-ray & DVD as a bonus feature from the DVD of Through the Back Door (1921).

Esmeralda (1915 film)

Esmeralda (1915) is a silent film starring Mary Pickford, directed by James Kirkwood, and produced by Adolph Zukor and stage impresario Daniel Frohman.

As with the previous Pickford vehicles Caprice, Mistress Nell and The Dawn of a Tomorrow, Esmeralda is based on a short story and stage play Esmeralda written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and William Gillette and produced in the 1880s. The play was acted by Annie Russell and later Viola Allen both teenagers at the time, who later became well known adult theater actresses.

Famous Players Film Company

The Famous Players Film Company or Celebrated Players was a film company founded in 1912 by Adolph Zukor in partnership with the Frohman brothers, the powerful New York City theatre impresarios. Discussions to form the company were held at The Lambs, the famous theater club where Charles and Daniel Frohman were members. The company advertised "Famous Players in Famous Plays" and its first release was the French film Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth (1912) starring Sarah Bernhardt and Lou Tellegen. Its first actual production was The Count of Monte Cristo (1912, released 1913), directed by Edwin S. Porter and starring James O'Neill, the father of dramatist Eugene O'Neill. The company established a studio at 221 West 26th Street in Manhattan that today is Chelsea Studios.The company produced both short and feature-length productions. In 1915 the company established Famous Players Fiction Studios at 5300 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, one of the oldest studios in Hollywood. The studio later became Clune Studio, then California Studio, then Gross-Krasne,

followed by Producers Studios Inc., and is now known as Raleigh Studios. The new studio's first film starred Mary Pickford. Raleigh Studios is known for being the site of Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, and currently Let's Make a Deal.

In 1916, the company merged with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company to form Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, which later became Paramount Pictures.

Fanchon the Cricket

Fanchon, the Cricket is a 1915 American silent drama film produced by Famous Players Film Company and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is based on a novel, La Petite Fadette by George Sand. It was directed by James Kirkwood and stars Mary Pickford, now working for Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman. A previous film version of the story was released in 1912 by IMP (later Universal) and directed by Herbert Brenon.Fanchon, the Cricket is the only film to feature all three Pickford siblings: Mary (in the lead role), Lottie, and Jack Pickford. Milton Berle, Fred, and Adele Astaire are also listed among the cast. Astaire biographer Tim Satchell maintains that the film is the only one to feature the dancing duo of Fred and Adele Astaire. Fred Astaire later said he had no recollection of working on the film. All three roles have yet to be positively confirmed.


Frohman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Charles Frohman (1856–1915), American theatrical producer

Daniel Frohman (1851–1940), American theatrical producer

Dov Frohman, Israeli engineer

Gustave Frohman (1854–1930), American theatrical producer

Jesse Frohman, American photographer

Lorne Frohman, American television writer

Philip H. Frohman (1887–1972), American architect

Frohman brothers

The Frohman brothers were American theatre owners, including on Broadway, and theatrical producers who also owned and operated motion picture production companies.

The brothers were:

Daniel Frohman (1851–1940)

Gustave Frohman (1854–1930)

Charles Frohman (1856–1915)

Leah Kleschna (film)

Leah Kleschna is a lost 1913 American silent film directed by J. Searle Dawley and starring Carlotta Nillson, a Swedish stage actress. It was produced by Daniel Frohman and Adolph Zukor under the banner of his newly formed Famous Players Film Company. The film is based on a 1904 play Leah Kleschna by C. M. S. McLellan that starred Mrs. Fiske on Broadway.This film was remade in 1924 by Paramount as The Moral Sinner.

Margaret Illington

Margaret Illington (July 23, 1879 – March 11, 1934) was an American stage actress popular in the first decade of the 20th century. She later made an attempt at silent film acting by making two films with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players-Lasky franchise. After her film and theater career were over she settled down as the wife of Major Edward Bowes, her second husband whom she married in 1910. There were no children with either husband.

One of Our Girls

One of Our Girls is a lost 1914 silent film drama directed by Thomas N. Heffron and starring Hazel Dawn. It was produced by Famous Players Film Company and Daniel Frohman.

The Brute (1914 film)

The Brute is a lost 1914 early silent feature film directed by Thomas N. Heffron and starring stage actor Malcolm Williams. It was produced by Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman. Released on a State Rights basis.

The Count of Monte Cristo (1913 film)

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 1913 silent film adventure directed by Joseph A. Golden and Edwin S. Porter. It starred James O'Neill, a stage actor and father of playwright Eugene O'Neill. James O'Neill had been playing Edmond Dantès most of his adult life and was famous in the role. Daniel Frohman and Adolph Zukor produced together. Edwin S. Porter co-directed with Joseph Golden, though this was probably necessary as Porter also served as the film's cinematographer.A previous film by Selig starring Hobart Bosworth in 1912 had to be pulled from circulation as Zukor brought lawsuit against Selig for copyright infringement.

The Daughter of the Hills

The Daughter of the Hills is a lost 1913 silent film historical drama directed by J. Searle Dawley and starring Laura Sawyer and Wellington Playter. Daniel Frohman and Adolph Zukor produced with distribution through the State Rights system.

The Day of Days (film)

The Day of Days is a lost 1914 American drama film directed by Daniel Frohman and written by Louis Joseph Vance. The film stars Cyril Scott, Sadie Harris, David Wall, Arthur Donaldson and Leonard Grover. The film was released on January 20, 1914, by Paramount Pictures.

The Incorrigible Dukane

The Incorrigible Dukane is a 1915 silent dramedy and farce produced by Daniel Frohman and released by Famous Players Film Company. Directed by James Durkin, it stars John Barrymore in his fifth feature film. Adapted from the novel of the same name by George C. Shedd, it is the earliest known surviving John Barrymore film.

The Rajah (play)

The Rajah; or Wyncot's Ward is a play by William Young which debuted at the Madison Square Theatre in New York on June 5, 1883.

The play is a romantic comedy where a hapless man becomes the guardian of his uncle's adopted daughter, and eventually wins her love. Produced by Daniel Frohman at the Madison Square Theatre, it was panned by critics but had a successful run of 256 nights, before also being successful on the road. The play was Young's greatest success as a playwright; his other major success was the play adaptation of Ben Hur in 1899.

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