Friday, May 16, 2014

Thousands of People Are Asking -- May 16, 2014

The Perils of Pauline was a big hit in 1914.  The 20 chapter serial was not the first movie serial, but it was one of the big ones.  It starred Pearl White, the first serial queen. 

The Eclectic Film Company worked with newspapers across the country to promote the film by running a version in print.  The French Pathé created Eclectic to distribute its products in the United States. 

Pearl White, in her first serial, played Pauline.  Pearl White did most or all of her own stunts.  Pauline got a lot of trouble from the bad guy, Koerner, played by Paul Panzer.  Crane Wilbur was Harry, the not-too-useful good guy. 

The film exists only in a mutilated form, based on a copy exported to France.  The subtitles has been translated into French, then translated back into English. 

The ads are from the 28-March-1914 Moving Picture World.  Be sure to click on the images to see larger versions. 

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