Née Helen Kate Gallon

b. 1874, St Olaves, Southwark, London

d. 1 February 1938, Belsize Park, London

Author and Publicist, Stoll Film Company/Stoll Picture Productions. Writer for company house organ Stoll’s Editorial News, 1920-?

Author (with Calder Wilson) of Monsier Zero (1923); He Who Walked in Scarlet (1924) (with Calder Wilson); The Dawn of Desire (1927); The Man Who Changed his Wife (1928); Full Passionate Mood (1928); I Meant No Harm! (1935).Nellie was the sister of playwright Tom Gallon. In 1919 she gave evidence in a slander case brought by producer Thomas Bentley against the renter H. J. Boam of the Phillips Film Company. Boam had been critical of the standard of production of Bentley’s The Lackey and the Lady (1919), which had been based upon a story by Nellie’s late brother. Nellie had been responsible for selling the rights for The Lackey and the Lady to the British Actors Film Company for whom Bentley was directing. She had approved of the scenario and had no complaints of the finished film. (The Times, 4 February 1919, p. 5). Low notes that Bentley won the case but such publicity was not beneficial to his reputation (History of the British Film 1918-1929, p. 145). During this case, Nellie cited her previous ‘professional experience of film production’ but the extent of this is not yet known.

During the 1920s, Nellie was involved in spiritualism. She attended seances where she was said to have spoken with her brother, and in 1926 she wrote an appreciation of the socialist and spiritualist Hannenn Swaffer (Light, May 1926).

Nellie died in 1938 and in her will left a substantial sum to the Author’s Society for the establishment of the Tom-Gallon Trust (The Times, 30 March 1938, p. 17). (NM)

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