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 distributed Pathé movies in the United States. The film exists only in a mutilated form, based on a copy exported to France. The subtitles had been translated into French, then translated back into English. A dog, whose name is not mentioned in the article, was key to the plot of the 17th episode.
Paul Panzer, who played the wicked villain, was a reservist in the German artillery. In the case of many German-Americans, the German government expected them to come back to serve in World War One. Panzer's two brothers were fighting and he was the sole support of his mother, so he had an exemption. "The German consul-general has thus saved 'poor Pauline' from an untimely and premature death."