Her later career
She “formulated plans for producing Aladdin, a picture she herself would direct from her original scenario.” (New York Times, 25 Aug. 1923)
She dropped Aladdin in favor of producing Rudyard Kipling's Kim, on location in India. She became involved with testing the kodachrome process. The required capital could not be raised for the film. (Maude Adams, an American Idol: True Womanhood Triumphant in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Theatre, doctoral thesis, 1984, Eileen Karen Kuehnl)
In the fall of 1922, Frohman Inc. wanted to take away Maude's partial rights to some of the plays she had been in. “In January of 1924, Barrie permanently settled the dispute in favor of Maude's opponents. She would never again be able to act in or produce any of his plays.” (He had sold out to a movie company, basically.)
Questions abounded about whether or not a return to the stage would be successful for her. Her roles were associated with past morals and culture. Management ways had been altered by the 1919 Actors Equity Association strike against Broadway producers. All players had now to join a union, and Maude refused to do so.
She became involved in developing lighting. General Electric developed a light using her specifications, made the light, and then took away the patent.
She wanted to produce color motion pictures. Her original idea was to film Peter Pan and The Little Minister in their theater dresses, called “photo-play.” She dropped her idea due to problems with the holders of the movie rights to Barrie's plays.
She taught at Stephens College for girls; 1943-1950, served as a special advisor died at age of 78 of a heart attack on July 17, 1953