Arthur Marvin

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Arthur Weed Marvin
Born May 26, 1859
Warners, New York, United States
Died January 18, 1911(1911-01-18)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1897 - 1911

Arthur Weed Marvin (May 26, 1859 – January 18, 1911), was an American cinematographer who worked for the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in which his brother Henry 'Harry' Marvin was one of the four founders (the others being Herman Casler, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson and Elias Koopman).

He shot 418 films between 1897 and 1911, including The Adventures of Dollie (1908), the directorial debut of D. W. Griffith, as well as other early Griffith shorts such as Pippa Passes in 1909.

He directed the short film Sherlock Holmes Baffled, which was the earliest known film to feature Arthur Conan Doyle's detective character Sherlock Holmes.[1]

His nephew Daniel Warner Marvin II, Henry's son, perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.[2][3]

He was born in Warners, New York, USA to Daniel Warner Marvin and Ellen Jane Weed. He was married to Sarah E. Babcock. He died in Los Angeles, California.


Year Film Notes
1900 Sherlock Holmes Baffled
1901 An Affair of Honor
1908 The Adventures of Dollie
Behind the Scenes
1909 Pippa Passes
The Lonely Villa
1910 The Rocky Road


  1. ^ Tuska, Jon (1978). The Detective in Hollywood. New York: Doubleday. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-385-12093-7. 
  2. ^ Daniel Marvin Encyclopedia-Titanica entry,; info on Arthur Marvin
  3. ^ D.W. Griffith's early years; the Marvin family Archived February 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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