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Silent  &  Sound  Movie  Serials
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poster for "Perils of Pauline" [1914] silent cliffhanger serial Episode 5               here on Page One:

documentaries & collections
image gallery

selected silent serials

on Page Two: sound serials, 1930s

on Page Three: top of page
sound serials, 1940s
sound serials, 1950s & later

               poster for "Perils of Pauline" [1914]silent cliffhanger serial Episode 6

Edison Studios in New Jersey released the silent serial "What Happened To Mary" on 26 July 1912; it is considered to be
the first movie serial. The heyday of the serial was in the 1930s and 1940s; free broadcast television in the 1950s
replaced the Saturday matinee venue for serials. The 'cliffhanger' story is now a solid part
of broadcast and podcast and cable product.

browse Series & Sequels category on DVD at
browse Silent Films category on VHS at

Movie Serials & Movies Series Pages
at the various Nordell Books Group Online Bookstores

Magic Lantern's 'Batman' Pages
Magic Lantern's 'Charlie Chan' Pages
Magic Lantern's 'Flash Gordon' Page
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's 'Fu Manchu' Page
'The Lone Ranger' Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore
Magic Lantern's 'The Phantom' Movies Pages
'Secret Agent X-9' by Dashiell Hammett
Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Tarzan' Movies Page
'El Zorro' Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Books  About  Movie  Serials

Continued Next Week book by Kalton C. Lahue   "Continued Next Week: A History of The Moving Picture Serial" [1964]
by Kalton C. Lahue

Univ OK Press hardcover [1969] out of print/used
Univ OK Press 9x6 hardcover [12/64] out of print/used
Univ OK Press hardcover [1964] out of print/used
Serials of Columbia chapbook by Alan G. Barbour  "The Serials of Columbia" [1967] by Alan G. Barbour
Apparently a pamphlet or chapbook that originally sold for a dollar, published by the Larry Edmunds Bookshop [est. 1938] in Hollywood, perhaps later published as a book
Screen Facts Press hardcover [1967] out of print/scarce
Bound and Gagged Silent Serials book by Kalton C. Lahue  "Bound and Gagged: The Story of The Silent Serials" [1968]
by Kalton C. Lahue

Oak Tree Publns hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Castle Books hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Castle Books hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Saturday Afternoon At The Bijou book by David Zinman  "Saturday Afternoon At The Bijou: A Nostalgic Look At Charlie Chan, Andy Hardy & Other Movie Heroes We Have Known & Loved" [1970]
by David Zinman

Arlington House 9x6¼ hardcover [1973] out of print/many used

see also Magic Lantern's Charlie Chan Movies Pages

Days of Thrills and Adventure book by Alan G. Barbour   "Days of Thrills and Adventure: An Affectionate Pictorial History of The Movie Serial" [1970] by Alan G. Barbour, Introduction by William K. Everson, Preface by Buster Crabbe
"... from the heydays of the '30s & '40s to the final curtain call in the mid-'50s .. from Ace Drummond to Zorro"
MacMillan pb [11/70] out of print/used
MacMillan hardcover [11/70] out of print/scarce
Serials Suspense & Drama By Installment book by Raymond William Stedman  
"The Serials: Suspense & Drama By Installment" [1971]
by Raymond W. Stedman

Univ OK Press pb [5/81] out of print/used
Univ OK Press hardcover [12/77] out of print/used
Univ OK Press hardcover [12/71] out of print/used
Great Movie Serials book by Jim Harmon & Donald F. Glut  "The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound & Fury" [1972]
by Jim Harmon & Donald F. Glut

Routledge hardcover [11/73] for $160.00
Doubleday hardcover [1972] out of print/used
To Be Continued Complete Guide book by    "To Be Continued...: A Complete Guide To Motion Picture Serials - 231 Serials, More Than 400 Nostalgic Photographs" [1972]
by Ken Weiss & Ed Goodgold

Crown Publng 11x8¾ hardcover [4/72] out of print/used
Crown Publng 9x6½ hardcover [1973] out of print/used
Crown Publng pb [1972] out of print/used
Cliffhanger Pictorial History book by Alan G. Barbour   "Cliffhanger: A Pictorial History of The Motion Picture Serial" [1973]
by Dr. Alan G. Barbour MD, Introduction by Linda Stirling

Citadel Press 7¾x5 pb [5/79] out of print/used
A & W Publrs 11x8¾ hardcover [1977] out of print/many used
Valley of The Cliffhangers & Supplement books by Jack Mathis  "Valley of The Cliffhangers" [1975] by Jack Mathis
self-publd hardcover [1975] out of print/used
"Valley of The Cliffhangers - Supplement" [1995]
includes synopses of all 849 episodes of the 66 movie serials produced by
Republic Pictures during its existence from 1935 to 1955
self-publd hardcover [1995] out of print/used
Fifty Years of Serial Thrills book by Roy Kinnard  
"Fifty Years of Serial Thrills" [1983] by Roy Kinnard
Scarecrow Press hardcover [10/83] out of print/used
In The Nick of Time  "In The Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials" [1984]
by William C. Cline

McFarland & Co. 8½x5¾ pb [12/97] for $31.50
McFarland & Co. 9½x6¼ library hardcover [6/84] out of print/used
Saturday Afternoon At The Movies book Alan G. Barbour  "Saturday Afternoon At The Movies: 3 Volumes In 1" [1987]
Alan G. Barbour

Random House Value hardcover [8/87] out of print/used
Serial Adventures of the Superheroes of The Silver Screen book by James Van Hise  "Serial Adventures: The Incredible Story of The Superheroes of The Silver Screen" [1990] by James Van Hise
Movie Publr Services pb [7/90] out of print/used
Motion Picture Serial Annotated Bibliography book by Wayne Schutz  "The Motion Picture Serial: An Annotated Bibliography, 1912-1956" [1992]
by Wayne Schutz

Scarecrow Press pb [3/92] for $65.00
Republic Chapterplays Filmography book by R.M. Hayes  "The Republic Chapterplays: A Complete Filmography of The Serials Released By Republic Pictures Corporation, 1934-1955" [1992]
by R.M. Hayes

McFarland & Co. 8½x5½ pb [10/2000] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 8¾x5¾ hardcover [10/92] out of print/used
Essays On Cliffhangers book by William C. Cline  "Serials-ly Speaking: Essays On Cliffhangers" [1994]
by William C. Cline

McFarland & Co. 9x6¼ pb [10/2000] for $35.00
McFarland & Co. 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/94] out of print/used
Science Fiction Serials Critical Filmography book by Roy Kinnard  "Science Fiction Serials: A Critical Filmography of The 31 Hard SF Cliffhangers - With An Appendix of The 37 Serials With Slight SF Content" [1998]
by Roy Kinnard

McFarland & Co. 9x6¼ library hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
Hershenson Vol 10: Serial Movie Posters book  Illustrated History of Movies Thru Posters #10: "Serial Movie Posters"
[1999] by Bruce Hershenson

self-published 11x10½ pb [7/99] out of print/used
Sinister Serials of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi & Lon Chaney, Jr. book by Leonard J. Kohl  "Sinister Serials of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr." [2000]
by Leonard J. Kohl

Midnight Marquee Press 9x6 pb [3/2000] for $25.00
Hershenson Vol 16: Serial Movie Posters  Illustrated History of Movies Thru Posters #16: "To Be Continued...: 1930s & 1940s Serial Movie Posters" [2001] by Bruce Hershenson
self-published 8¾x11 pb [6/2001] for $20.00
Serial Film Stars  "Serial Film Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1912-1956" [2005]
by Buck Rainey

McFarland & Co. 10x7¼ hardcover [3/2005] for $95.00
Classic Cliffhangers book by Hank Davis  "Classic Cliffhangers: Volume 1, 1914-1940" [2007]
by Hank Davis, Introduction by Adrian Booth

Midnight Marquee Press 8¾3x6¼ pb [5/2007] for $25.00
"Classic Cliffhangers: Volume 2, 1941-1955" [2008]
by Hank Davis

Midnight Marquee Press 8¾3x6 pb [6/2008] for $25.00
Flash Gordon Serials book by Kinnard, Crnkovich & Vitone  "The Flash Gordon Serials, 1936-1940: A Heavily Illustrated Guide" [2008]
by Roy Kinnard, Tony Crnkovich & R.J. Vitone

McFarland & Co. 9½x7 pb [4/2011] for $35.00
McFarland & Co. 10x7¼ hardcover [4/2008] out of print/used
Don't Dare Miss the Next Thrilling Chapter book by Anthony L. Fletcher  "Don't Dare Miss The Next Thrilling Chapter: An Affectionately Bemused Look At The Saturday Matinee Chapterplays of Yesteryear" [2009]
by Anthony L. Fletcher

Mill City Press 11x8¼ pb [11/2009] for $19.95
THE GREEN HORNET book by Martin Grams & Terry Salomonson  "The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics & Television"
[2010] by Martin Grams & Terry Salomonson

O.T.R. Publng 9x6 pb [3/2010] for $44.95
official bookpage
The Movie Serial Companion in two volumes by Raymond William Stedman  "The Movie Serial Companion, Book One" [2010]
by Raymond William Stedman, Foreword by John Di Mezzes

Nostalgia League 8½x11 pb [3/2010] for $69.95 incl s/h - from the publisher, via PayPal
"The Movie Serial Companion, Book Two" [2011]
Nostalgia League 8½x11 pb [3/2010] for $76.95 incl s/h - from the publisher, via PayPal
both the above books
Nostalgia League pb book set [3/2011] for $139.95 incl s/h - from the publisher, via PayPal
Serials and Series World Filmography book by Buck Rainey  
"Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912-1956" [orig 1999, rev 2010]
by Buck Rainey

McFarland & Co. 3rd edition 9¼x7 pb [3/2010] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 11¼x8½ hardcover [2/99] out of print/used
Gripping Chapters Sound Movie Serial book by Ron Backer  "Gripping Chapters: The Sound Movie Serial" [2010]
by Ron Backer

BearManor Media 9x6 pb [5/2010] for $26.95
Distributing Silent Film Serials book by Rudmer Canjels  "Distributing Silent Film Serials: Local Practices, Changing Forms, Cultural Transformation" [2010] by Rudmer Canjels
Traces the international consumption, distribution, and cultural importance of silent film serials in the 1910s and 1920s, focusing on the serial work of well-known directors such as Abel Gance, D.W. Griffith, Fritz Lang, Erich von Stroheim, and lesser-knowns such as Louis Feuillade and Joe May
Kindle Edition from T&F Books [3/2011] rent for $22.32, buy for $130.50 {sic}
Routledge 9x6 hardcover [12/2010] for $137.75
Distressed Damsels & Masked Marauders - Cliffhanger Serials book by Ed Hulse  
"Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders: Cliffhanger Serials of The Silent-Movie Era" [2014] by Ed Hulse
CreateSpace 10x8 pb [4/2014] for $26.96

Video & DVD  Documentaries
keyword 'serial' listing {over 600 entries} at Internet Movie Database
search for movie serials on DVD at Amazon

'Action Heroes of the Cliffhanger Serials' on DVD  "Action Heroes of The Cliffhanger Serials" [Film Shows 1989]
hour-long b&w compilation made by Sandy Oliveri for VHS; mostly trailers from 16mm sources ('quality varies'), plus a Spanish-language clip from a long-lost Lone Ranger serial; featuring archive footage of Kirk Alyn {as Superman}, Ralph Byrd {as Dick Tracy}, Tristram Coffin, Buster Crabbe, Dale Evans, Judd Holdren {as Commando Cody}, Clayton Moore {as The Lone Ranger}, Dick Purcell {as Captain America}, George Reeves {as Superman}, Kane Richmond, Roy Rogers, Jay Silverheels {as Tonto}, Tom Steele, Burt Ward {as Robin}, Adam West {as Batman}, Van Williams {as Green Hornet} – hard to pass up at the price!
90-minute Legend Films b&w DVD [2/2013] for $7.99
120-minute? Goodtimes Home Video VHS [1992] for $14.86
62-minute Goodtimes Home Video VHS [1989] for $14.99
1989 version: credits from IMDb • 1992 version: credits from IMDb
Cliffhangers Adventures From The Thrill Factory  
"Cliffhangers: Adventures From The Thrill Factory" documentary video [1993]
Hosted by Leonard Maltin
Republic Pictures b&w/color VHS [5/95] for $1.75 {sic}
credits from IMDb
Epic Story of The Cliffhangers documentary film  "The Epic Story of The Cliffhangers" documentary video [Passport May 1998]
Written & directed by Phillip Dye
Passport Video b&w/color VHS [5/2000] 2 tapes - out of prodn/scarce
credits from IMDb

"When Serials Were King" documentary video [Passport May 1998]
video/DVD not available; credits from IMDb

Lost Serial Collection on DVD  "The Lost Serial Collection: Clips & Chapters From 35 Extremely Rare Serials" [2008]
includes portions of seven 1914-24 serials starring Pearl White; of five 1919-23 serials starring Ruth
Roland; and trailers & portions of 23 serials from 1912-29, with stars including Helen Holmes

Hermitage Hill Media b&w DVD [8/2008] 2 disks for $14.99 + s/h

Coming Attractions Classic Cliffhangers on DVD  "Coming Attractions: Classic Cliffhangers, Volume 1" [2013]
86-minute compilation of trailers for 22 b&w movie serials made from 1935 to 1946: "Adventures of The Flying Cadets" [1943]; "Don Winslow of The Navy"
[1942]; "Gang Busters" [1942]; "The Great Alaskan Mystery" [1944]; "The Green Archer" [1940]; "Jungle Queen" [1945]; "Junior G-Men of The Air" [1942]; "The Lost City" [1935]; "The Lost City of The Jungle" [1946]; "The Master Key" [1945]; "The Miracle Rider" [1935]; "The Mysterious Mr. M" [1946]; "Mystery of The River Boat" [1944]; "The Oregon Trail" [1939]; "The Phantom Creeps" [1939]; "Raiders of Ghost City" [1944]; "Riders of Death Valley" [1941]; "The Royal Mounted Rides Again" [1945]; "Scouts To The Rescue" [1939]; "Sea Raiders" [1941]; "Sky Raiders" [1941]; and "Winners of The West" [1940]

Alpha Video b&w DVD [10/2013] for $4.99
Coming Attractions Classic Cliffhangers, Volume 2 on DVD  "Coming Attractions: Classic Cliffhangers, Volume 2" [2016]
90-minute compilation of trailers for 32 movie serials made from 1932 to 1955: "Adventures of Captain Marvel" [1941]; "Dangers of The Canadian Mounted"
[1948]; "Darkest Africa" [1936]; "Desperadoes of The West" [1950]; "Dick Tracy's G-Men" [1939]; "Don Daredevil Rides Again" [1951]; "Federal Operator 99" [1945]; "The Fighting Marines" [1935]; "G-Men vs. The Black Dragon" [1943]; "The Hurricane Express" [1932]; "The James Brothers of Missouri" [1949]; "Jesse James Rides Again" [1947]; "King of The Carnival" [1955]; "King of The Rocket Men" [1949]; "The Lost Jungle" [1934]; "Man With The Steel Whip"
[1954]; "Manhunt In The African Jungle" [1943]; "Manhunt On Mystery Island" [1945]; "Nyoka and The Tigermen" [1942]; "The Painted Stallion" [1937]; "Panther Girl of The Congo" [1955]; "The Phantom Empire" [1935]; "Radar Men From The Moon" [1952]; "The Royal Mounted Rides Again" [duplicate]; "The Shadow of The Eagle" [1932]; "S.O.S. Coast Guard" [1937]; "The Tiger Woman" [1944]; "Undersea Kingdom" [1936]; "The Vigilantes Are Coming" [1936]; "Zorro Rides Again" [1937]; "Zorro's Black Whip" [1944]; and "Zorro's Fighting Legion" [1939]

Alpha Video b&w/color DVD [11/2016] for $4.99

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Video & DVD  Serial  Collections

Cliffhangers VHS 5-serial box set  "Cliffhangers: The Epic Story" VHS Box Set [2000]
Passport Video b&w DVD set [5/2000] 10 tapes - out of prodn/used
contains five complete sound serials, 2 tapes each: "The Phantom Empire" [1935] starring Gene Autry, "Undersea Kingdom" [1936] starring ray 'Crash' Corrigan, "Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe"
[1940] starring Buster Crabbe, "Spy Smasher" [1942], and "King of The Rocket Men" [1949]
Science Fiction Serials on DVD  "Science Fiction Serials" DVD Box Set [2003]
Alpha Video Collectors Library b&w DVD set [1/2003] 6 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 2-disk "Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe" 13-chapter serial [1936] starring Buster Crabbe, 2-disk "The Phantom Creeps" 12-chapter serial [1939] starring Bela Lugosi, and 2-disk "Radar Men From The Moon" 12-chapter serial [1952]
Vintage Serials Collection DVD box set  "Vintage Serials Collection" DVD Box Set [2003]
Alpha Video b&w DVD [7/2003] 4 disks for $26.99
contains 2 unrestored film serials: 2-disk "The Return of Chandu" 12-chapter serial [1934] starring Bela Lugosi; and 2-disk "S.O.S. Coast Guard" [12 episodes 1937] starring Bela Lugosi & Ralph Byrd

"Sci-Fi Serials Collection" DVD Box Set [2003]
Alpha Video b&w DVD [7/2003] 4 disks for $29.95
contains 2 unrestored film serials: 2-disk "The Phantom Empire" [12 episodes 1935] starring Gene Autry & Smiley Burnette; and 2-disk "Undersea Kingdom" 12-chapter serial [1936] starring Ray 'Crash' Corrigan

Classic Serials Megapack DVD box set  "Classic Serials Megapack, 150 Episodes: Cliffhanger Serials From The Golden Age of Cinema" [2004]
Digital 1 Stop b&w/color DVD [7/2004] 12 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 12 film serials: "Ace Drummond" [13 episodes 1936] starring John 'Dusty' King; "The Clutching Hand" [12 episodes 1936] starring Jack Mulhall; "Dick Tracy" [15 episodes 1937] starring Ralph Byrd; "The Hurricane Express" [12 episodes 1932] starring John Wayne; "The Lost City" [12 episodes 1935] starring William 'Stage' Boyd; "The New Adventures of Tarzan" [12 episodes 1935] starring Herman Brix; "The Phantom Creeps" [12 episodes 1939] starring Bela Lugosi; "Shadow of The Eagle" [13 episodes 1932] starring John Wayne; "S.O.S. Coast Guard" [12 episodes 1937] starring Bela Lugosi & Ralph Byrd; "The Three Musketeers" [12 episodes 1933] starring John Wayne; "Undersea Kingdom" [12 episodes 1936] starring Ray 'Crash' Corrigan; and "Zorro’s Fighting Legion" [12 episodes 1939] starring Reed Hadley {as El Zorro}

Serial Box DVD box set  "Serial Box" DVD Box Set [2005]
R.O.A.N. b&w DVD set [2/2005] 4 disks for $26.99
contains 4 film serials: "Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe" [12 chapters 1940] starring Buster Crabbe; "New Adventures of Tarzan" [12 chapters 1935] starring Bruce Bennett; "Radar Men From The Moon" [12 chapters 1952]; and "Zorro's Fighting Legion" [12 chapters 1939] starring Reed Hadley
John Wayne Cliffhanger Collection 5-disk DVD set  "The John Wayne Cliffhanger Collection" 3-serial box set [2006]
contains 3 b&w digitally-remastered serials from Mascot Pictures starring John Wayne: "The Shadow of The Eagle" [Feb 1932] with Dorothy Gulliver; "The Hurricane Express" [Aug 1932] with Shirley Grey; and "The Three Musketeers" [April 1933] with Jack Mulhall & Raymond Hatton
each serial is also available individually below
Koch / Passport b&w digitally-remastered DVD set [7/2006] 5 disks for $17.99
Legend of Rin Tin Tin 48-chapters from four movie serials on DVD  "The Legend of Rin Tin Tin" DVD Box Set [2008]
Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [8/2011] 4 disks for $8.99
Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [1/2008] 4 disks for $4.47
contains four Mascot Pictures 12-chapter serials {see details below}: "The Lone Defender" [1930] starring Rin Tin Tin; "The Lightning Warrior" [1931] starring Rin Tin Tin; "The Law of The Wild" [1934] starring Rin Tin Tin Jr. & Rex the Horse; and "The Adventures of Rex and Rinty" [1935] starring Rin Tin Tin Jr. & Rex the Horse
Ultimate Sci-Fi Serial Classics Collection DVD box set  "Ultimate Sci-Fi Serials Classics Collection" DVD Box Set [2008]
St. Clair Vision b&w DVD set [3/2008] 6 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 6 film serials: "Flash Gordon" [13 episodes 1936] starring Buster Crabbe & Jean Rogers; "The Lost City" [12 episodes 1935] starring William 'Stage' Boyd; "The Phantom Creeps" [12 episodes 1939] starring Bela Lugosi; "The Phantom Empire" [12 episodes 1935] starring Gene Autry & Smiley Burnette; "Radar Men From The Moon" [12 episodes 1952]; and "Undersea Kingdom" [12 episodes 1936] starring Ray 'Crash' Corrigan; extras include six 1950s TV shows
Helen Gibson, Silent Serial Queen on DVD  "Helen Gibson: Silent Serial Queen" on DVD [2012]
featuring 'Fearless Helen' in three chapters of the "Hazards of Helen" serial [Kalem 1915-16]
and three two-reel Western railroad dramas [Capital Film Co. 1920]; music composed &
performed by Frederick Hodges

Bitterroot Mountain Publng DVD [2012] for $16.99
Dick Tracy Complete Serial Collection DVD box set  "Dick Tracy: Complete Serial Collection" DVD Box Set [2012]
V.C.I. Ent. b&w DVD set [11/2012] 8 disks for $26.99
contains 4 movie serials (60 chapters) starring Ralph Byrd as Dick Tracy: "Dick Tracy" [1937]; "Dick Tracy Returns" [1938]; "Dick Tracy's G-Men" [1939]; and "Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc." [1941]; bonus features include commentary by Max Allan Collins, photo gallery, radio broadcast of 1945, and a rare episode from the 1950 TV series

Image  Gallery

intertitle card: MEANWHILE, / back on Moon City Alpha . . .         last intertitle card on Edison Pictures silent serial 'The Chinese Fan' about reporter Dolly         newspaper ad for 'King of The Rocket Men' re-release

L i n k s
keyword 'serial' listing {over 600 entries} at Internet Movie Database
Todd Gault's Serial Experience fansite
The Serial Squadron / Academy of Cliffhanger Arts & Sciences
Matinee At The Bijou blog
Restored Serials: sells serials on DVD & Blu-ray disk
Classic Cliffhanger Serials website
complete A to Z serial list, 1912-1956

Kietzer Publishing's Serial World Magazine [1974-83] based in Minnesota {back issues still available}              Kietzer Publishing's Westerns & Serials Magazine [1983-2008] based in Minnesota {back issues still available}

Selected  Silent  Serials

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What Happened To Mary was serialized over 12 months in The Ladies' World Magazine  "What Happened To Mary" 12-chapter serial [Edison/G.F.C. July 1912]
The first movie serial, though not of the 'cliffhanger' type. The twelve one-reel chapters were released each month to coincide with the chapter of the novel written by Horace G. Plympton that was serialized in McClure's Ladies' World Magazine. Chapter Titles: 1. The Escape From Bondage; 2. Alone In New York; 3. Mary In Stage Land; 4. The Affair At Raynor's; 5. A Letter To The Princess; 6. A Clue To Her Parentage; 7. False To Their Trust; 8. A Will and A Way; 9. A Way To The Underworld; 10. The High Tide of Misfortune; 11. A Race To New York; and 12. Fortune Smiles Directed by Charles Brabin; starring Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Marc McDermott, Herbert Yost, Bliss Milford, Bigelow Cooper
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
novelization of the Broadway stageplay [1913] by Robert Carlton Brown
Lyon Press 8x6 pb [11/2009] for $30.95
Grosset & Dunlap hardcover [1913] out of print/used

ad from 1913 Movie Picture World magazine for 'The Adventures of Kathlyn' serial  "The Adventures of Kathlyn" 13-chapter silent serial
[Selig Polyscope / G.F.C. Dec 1913]

Considered to be the first 'cliffhanger' serial; filmed in Chicago. During a newspaper circulation war, movie pioneer William Selig made a deal with the Chicago Tribune to release a two-reel serial chapter every two weeks which was then published in the Tribune; the novel by Harold MacGrath was published in January 1914 so as to be in stores during the serial's release. The newspaper reported a ten percent increase in sales. Chapter titles: 1. The Unwelcome Throne (three reels); 2. The Two Ordeals; 3. The Temple of The Lion; 4. The Royal Slave; 5. A Colonel In Chains; 6. Three Bags of Silver; 7. The Garden of Brides; 8. The Cruel Crown; 9. The Spellbound Multitude; 10. The Warrior Maid; 11. The Forged Parchment; 12. The King's Will; and 13. The Court of Death
Directed by Francis J. Grandon; starring Kathlyn Williams, Charles Clary, William Carpenter, Lafe McKee, Tom Santschi, Goldie Colwell, Franklin Hall, Effie Sackville
{this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Adventures of Kathlyn novel by Harold Macgrath  
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" [1914 novel] by Harold MacGrath

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [2008] for FREE! {sic}
Qontro Classic Books 11x8½ pb [7/2010] for $9.99
Forgotten Books 9x6 pb [7/2012] for $10.78
Bobbs, Merrill hardcover [1914] out of print/used

"The Adventures of Kathlyn" silent feature [Selig Polyscope / G.F.C. Feb 1916]
The success of the 1913 serial resulted in a feature for national release, with the same plot and director and actors;
apparently, most of the footage was from the 27 reels of the original serial, with some footage shot newly.

VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

Perils of Pauline 1914 silent serial on DVD  "The Perils of Pauline" silent serial [Eclectic Film Co. March 1914]
Originally 20 chapters; re-edited 9-chapter European version survives. Young Pauline inherits a fortune from an uncle, who appointed his secretary as her guardian; the secretary and his gang scheme to do away with the girl so that they can get their hands on the money. Directed by Louis J. Gasnier & Donald MacKenzie; based on the novel by Charles W. Goddard; starring Pearl White, Crane Wilbur, Paul Panzer, Edward José & Francis Carlyle
Grapevine Video b&w DVD [undated] out of prodn/scarce
full credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
black 19"x27" poster {top of page, on right} from Amazon for $19.95
blond 27"x41" poster {top of page, on left} from Amazon for $80.00
blond 11"x17" poster {top of page, on left} from Amazon for $14.99

poster for 'Helen's Sacrifice' Chapter 1 of silent serial "The Hazards of Helen" [Nov 1914]  
poster for 'A Railroader's Bravery' Chapter 29 of silent serial "The Hazards of Helen" [May 1915]  
"The Hazards of Helen" 119-chapter silent serial [Kalem / General Nov 1914-Feb 1917]
Released as 119 distinct episodes, over 28 months time, often without the standard cliffhanger ending; only a few episodes survive today. Helen is a clerk at a railroad who is either endangered by bad guys or heroically saves the railroad and its rolling stock and men. Filming took place at the Glendale, California railyards of the Southern Pacific Railroad, on the Sierra Railroad in Central California, and on the Santa Fe Railway in Las Vegas, New Mexico (episodes 21-25). Based on a novel by John Russell Corvell and the play by Denman Thompson; adapted by W. Scott Darling & Frank Howard Clark; episodes 1-48 were produced & directed by J.P. McGowan and starred Helen Holmes; episodes 49-119 were directed by James G. Davis and starred Rose Wenger Gibson, the wife of later cowboy star Hoot Gibson; Rose previously had been a stunt-double for Helen Holmes.
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
"The Hazards of Helen" on DVD [2007] indep b&w DVD [10/2007] for $12.95
contains four surviving 12-minute chapters: "The Leap From The Water Tower" [#9 1915], "The Pay Train" [#31 1915], "In Danger's Path" [#33 1915], and "The Open Track" [#63 1916]
other surviving chapters include: Chapter 13 "Escape of The Fast Freight" [1915] and Chapter 26 "The Wild Engine" [1915] — {see Magic Lantern's History Page / Video Collections Section}

sepia-toned ad for 'The Million Dollar Mystery' 1914 silent serial   "The Million Dollar Mystery" 23-chapter silent serial [Thanhouser June 1914]
A criminal gang called the Black Hundred has been hidden in suburbia for many years while trying to find a former member who absconded with a million dollars in stolen cash, and are watching his daughter at boarding school, figuring that after graduation the father will reveal his whereabouts to her. The serial was edited down for a feature-length release in June 1918. Chapter Titles: 1. The Airship In The Night (aka A Call In The Night); 2. The False Friend (aka The Master's Man); 3. The Safe In The Lonely Warehouse; 4. The Top Floor Flat; 5. At The Bottom of The Sea (aka The Problem of The Sealed Box); 6. The Coaching Party of The Countess; 7. The Doom of The Auto Bandits; 8. The Wiles of A Woman; 9. Leap From An Ocean Liner (aka The Leap In Ihe Dark); 10. The Eavesdropper (aka The Past A Blank); 11. In The Path of The Fast Express; 12. The Elusive Treasure Box; 13. Secret Agent From Russia; 14. Tracked By The Secret Service (aka Norton Makes A Discovery); 15. The Borrowed Hydroplane (aka Another Trap Set); 16. Drawn Into The Quicksand (aka Treachery In The Household); 17. A Battle of Wits (aka Setting Traps For Norton); 18. Trapped By The Flames (aka The Masked Ball); 19. A Blank Sheet of Paper; 20. The Secret Warning (aka Braine Tries Another Weapon); 21. The Documents In The Treasure Box (aka A Packet of Papers); 22. The Waterloo of The Conspirators (aka A Night of Adventures); and 23. The Missing Million (aka The Solution of The Million Dollar Mystery, aka The Secret of The Million) • Produced by Edwin Thanhouser; directed by Howell Hansel; written by Lloyd Lonergan & Harold McGrath; starring Florence La Badie, Marguerite Snow, James Cruze, Frank Farrington, Sidney Bracey, Alfred Norton, Lila Chester, Creighton Hale, Mitchell Lewis, Donald Gallaher, The Fairbanks Twins (Madeline & Marion), Claire Kroell, Billy Sullivan, baby Julie Cruze, Albert Froom, N.Z. Wood, Carey L. Hastings, Laddie the Dog, Shep the Dog
63-minute Grapevine Video b&w DVD [7/2015] for $9.99
full credits at IMDb

February 1915 movie industry trade paper ad for "Zudora in The Twenty Million Dollar Mystery"  "Zudora" aka "The Twenty Million Dollar Mystery" 20-chapter serial
[Thanhouser Nov 1914; Arrow 10-chapter re-release Feb 1919]

Not knowing that she's an heiress to a $20 million fortune, Zudora lives with her uncle, a mystic and detective, who covets her inheritance. She wants to marry but her uncle is against it; however, the uncle makes a bargain: if Zudora can solve the next twenty mysteries brought to him, she can marry as she chooses. Only four chapters survive {the other sixteen are considered lost}; Chapter Titles: 1. The Mystic Message of The Spotted Collar; 2. The Mystery of The Sleeping House; 3. The Mystery of The Dutch Cheese Maker; 4. The Secret of The Haunted Hills; 5. The Case of The Perpetual Glare; 6. The Case of The McWinter Family; 7. The Mystery of The Lost Ships; 8. The Foiled Elopement or, The Mystery of The Chang Case; 9. Kidnapped, or The Mystery of The Missing Heiress; 11. The Gentlemen Crooks & The Lady; 11. A Message From The Heart; 12. A Bag of Diamonds; 13. The Secret of Dr. Munn's Sanitarium; 14. The Missing Million; 15. The Robbery of The Ruby Coronet; 16. The Battle On The Bridge; 17. The Island of Mystery; 18. The Cipher Code; 19. The Prisoner In The Pilot House; and 20. The Richest Woman In The World
Directed by Howell Hansel & Frederick Sullivan; starring Marguerite Snow, James Cruze & Harry Benham
video/DVD not available • credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
watch Chapter 1 from Serial Squadron [19:19] online at YouTube

poster for chapter 13 of 'The Exploits of Elaine' 1914 14-chapter serial  "The Exploits of Elaine" 14-chapter b&w silent serial
[Wharton/Eclectic Film/Pathé Exchange Dec 1914 to March 1915]

Somebody called The Clutching Hand is threatening an insurance company and its president; his daughter Elaine asks super-detective Craig Kennedy for help; chapter titles: 1. The Clutching Hand; 2. The Twilight Sleep; 3. The Vanishing Jewels; 4. The Frozen Safe; 5. The Poisoned Room; 6. The Vampire; 7. The Double Trap; 8. The Hidden Voice; 9. The Death Ray; 10. The Life Current; 11. The Hour of Three; 12. The Blood Crystals; 13. The Devil Worshippers; and 14. The Reckoning • Produced by George B. Seitz, Leopold Wharton & Theodore Wharton; directed by Louis J. Gasnier, George B. Seitz & Leopold Wharton; written by Arthur B. Reeve (novel), Charles W. Goddard, George B. Seitz & Basil Dickey; starring Pearl White, Arnold Daly, Creighton Hale, Raymond Owens, Sheldon Lewis, Edwin Arden, Leroy Baker, Bessie Wharton & Riley Hatch; listed on the National Film Registry (1994)
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
Chapter 13 poster in 2 sizes from Amazon

poster for chapter 10 of 1915 b&w silent serial 'The Romance of Elaine'  "The New Exploits of Elaine" 10-chapter b&w silent serial
[Wharton/Pathé Exchange April-June 1915]

The ten simultaneously-printed newspaper serial chapters were split between the books for "The Exploits of Elaine" and "The Romance of Elaine"; filmed in Ithaca, New York; story unclear, but it involves Asian bad guys; Chapter Titles were: 1. The Serpent Sign; 2. The Cryptic Ring; 3. The Watching Eye; 4. The Vengeance of Wu Fang; 5. The Saving Circles; 6. Spontaneous Combustion; 7. The Ear In The Wall; 8. The Opium Smugglers; 9. The Tell-Tale Heart; and 10. Shadows of War • Produced by Leopold & Theodore Wharton; directed by Louis J. Gasnier, Theodore Wharton & Leopold Wharton; written by Arthur B. Reeve (novel), Charles W. Goddard & Basil Dickey; starring Pearl White, Arnold Daly, Creighton Hale, Lionel Barrymore, Edwin Arden, M.W. Rale, Bessie Wharton, Gazelle Marche & Ah Ling Foo
{ this film is considered lost }credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
poster for chapter 9 of 1915 b&w silent serial 'The Romance of Elaine'  "The Romance of Elaine" 12-chapter b&w silent serial
[Wharton/Pathé Exchange June-Aug 1915]

Filmed in Ithaca, New York; the twelve simultaneously-printed newspaper chapters were published as chapters 11-17 of "The Romance of Elaine", after chapters 6-10 from "The New Exploits of Elaine" movie serial; serial Chapter Titles were: 1. The Lost Torpedo; 2. The Gray Friar; 3. The Vanishing Man; 4. The Submarine Harbor; 5. The Conspirators; 6. The Wireless Detective; 7. The Death Cloud; 8. The Search Light Gun; 9. The Life Chain; 10. The Flash; 11. The Disappearing Helmets; and 12. The Triumph of Elaine • Produced by Leopold & Theodore Wharton; directed by George B. Seitz, Leopold Wharton & Theodore Wharton; written by Arthur B. Reeve (novel), Charles W. Goddard & Basil Dickey; starring Pearl White, Arnold Daly, Creighton Hale, Lionel Barrymore, Warner Oland, Bessie Wharton & George B. Seitz
{ this film is considered lost }credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
Chapter 9 poster in 2 sizes from Amazon

restored "Les Vampires" silent 1915 serial  "Les Vampires" silent serial [Gaumont Nov 1915]
A vast gang of crooks who call themselves 'The Vampires' is undone by an intrepid reporter and a reformed member of the gang. • Written & directed by Louis Feuillade; starring Musidora {as Irma Vep}, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Fernand Herrmann & Stacia Napierkowska
Image Ent. subtitled silent b&w DVD [4/2005] 2 disks for $34.99
full credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

restored "Judex" silent 1916 serial  "Judex" 12-chapter silent serial [Gaumont Dec 1916]
Following French movie pioneer Louis Feuillade's classic "Les Vampires" [1915], he made another great early serial, 12 chapters about a 'caped crusader' avenging wrongs, a precursor to Batman and The Shadow. • Co-written & directed by Louis Feuillade; starring René Cresté {as Judex}, Musidora, René Poyen, Édouard Mathé, Gaston Michel & Yvonne Dario
Flicker Alley subtitled silent b&w DVD [6/2004] 2 disks for $39.95
full credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

Patria 15-chapter silent serial  "Patria" 15-chapter silent serial [Pathé Exchange Jan 1917]
Japanese spies try to invade the US but are thwarted by a rich heiress and a handsome Secret Service agent. Chapter Titles: 1. The Last of The Fighting Channings; 2. The Treasure; 3. Winged Millions; 4. Double Crossed; 5. The Island God Forgot; 6. Alias Nemesis; 7. Red Dawn; 8. Red Night; 9. Cat's Paw and Scapegoat; 10. War In The Dooryard; 11. Sunset Falls; 12. Peace On The Border: or, Peace Which Passeth All Understanding; 13. Wings of Death; 14. Border Peril; 15. For the Flag; Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 & 10 survive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. • Funded by Wm. Randolph Hearst; produced by Leopold & Theo-dore Wharton; directed by Leopold & Theodore Wharton (episodes 1-10) & Jacques Jaccard (episodes 11-15); written by John B. Clymer & Charles W. Goddard, based on the novel "The Last of The Fighting Channings" [Dec 1916] by Louis Joseph Vance [1879-1933]; starring Irene Castle, Milton Sills, Warner Oland, Dorothy Green, George Majeroni, Wallace Beery {as Pancho Villa}, Marie Walcamp, Allan Murnane, Floyd Buckley, Nigel Barrie, Charles Brinley, Jack Holt, George Lessey, M.W. Rale, Leroy Baker, Sôjin Kamiyama, F.W. 'Dick' Stewart
DVD/Blu-ray not available • surviving 5 chapters on Amazon Instant Video [2012] rental $1.99, purchase $9.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch segments & slideshow cobbled together by Serial Squadron [4/2015 upload; 1:15:51] online at YouTube

ad for serial 'Jimmie Dale, Alias The Grey Seal' from Mutual/Monmouth  "Jimmie Dale, Alias The Grey Seal" 16-chapter silent serial [Mutual/Monmouth March-July 1917]
A wealthy gentleman safecracker, a mysterious woman, a gang of thieves, stolen diamonds, and double-crosses galore. Chapter Titles: 1. The Grey Seal; 2. The Stolen Rubies; 3. The Counterfeit Five; 4. The Metzer Murder Mystery; 5. A Fight For Honor; 6. Below The Deadline; 7. The Devil's Work; 8. The Underdog; 9. The Alibi; 10. Two Crooks and A Knave; 11. A Rogue's Defeat; 12. The Man Higher Up; 13. Good For Evil; 14. A Sheep Among Wolves; 15. The Tapped Wires; and 16. The Victory • Directed by Harry McRae Webster; scenario by Mildred Considine, based on Frank L. Packard's story "The Professional Adventures of The Grey Seal"; starring E.K. Lincoln {as Jimmie Dale}, Doris Mitchell, Edna Hunter, Paul Panzer, Leslie King, Louis Haine, George Pauncefort, Austin Webb, Jules Ferrar, William H. Turner & Doris Kenyon
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available; • credits at IMDb

Railroad Raiders poster  "The Railroad Raiders" 15-chapter silent serial [Signal/Mutual April 1917]
Chapter Titles: 1. Circumstantial Evidence; 2. A Double Steal; 3. Inside Treachery; 4. A Race For A Fortune; 5. A Woman's Wit; 6. The Overland Disaster; 7. Mistaken Identity; 8. A Knotted Cord; 9. A Leap For Life; 10. A Watery Grave; 11. A Desperate Deed; 12. A Fight For A Franchise; 13. The Road Wrecker; 14. The Trap; 15. The Mystery of The Counterfeit Tickets • Directed by J.P. McGowan; starring Helen Holmes, Thomas G. Lingham, Leo D. Maloney, Paul Hurst & William Brunton
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

The Lost Express 15-episode serial starring Helen Holmes  "The Lost Express" 15-episode silent serial [Signal/Mutual Sept-Dec 1917]
A train carrying a valuable formula for granular gasoline {sic} disappears enroute . . . Chapter Titles: 1. The Lost Express; 2. The Destroyed Document; 3. The Wreck At The Crossing; 4. The Oil Well Conspiracy; 5. In Deep Waters; 6. High Voltage; 7. The Race With The Limited; 8. The Mountain King; 9. The Looters; 10. Fire and Water (aka The Secret of The Mine); 11. When North Was South (aka A Fight For A Million); 12. Law Is Law (aka Daring Death); 13. Disowned (aka The Escape); 14. Trapped (aka Unmasked); 15. The Found Express (aka The Return of The Lost Express)
Co-written & directed by J.P. McGowan; co-written by Frederick Bennett; starring Helen Holmes, Leo D. Maloney, Thomas G. Lingham, Omar Whitehead, William Brunton, Edward Hearn, John McKinnon, William N. Chapman
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

poster/ad for 1917 serial 'The Hidden Hand'  "The Hidden Hand" 15 chapter serial [Pathé Exchange Nov 1917 to March 1918]
Plot details unclear, nor are IMDb keywords showing; Chapter Titles: 1. The Gauntlet of Death, 2. Counterfeit Faces, 3. The Island of Dread, 4. The False Locket, 5. The Air-Lock, 6. The Flower of Death, 7. The Fire Trap, 8. Slide For Life, 9. Jets of Flame, 10. Cogs of Death, 11. Trapped By Treachery, 12. Eyes In The Wall, 13. Jaws of The Tiger, 14. The Unmasking, and 15. The Girl of The Prophecy • Directed by James Vincent; written by Arthur B. Reeve, Charles Logue & Charles W. Goddard; starring Doris Kenyon, Sheldon Lewis, Mahlon Hamilton, Arline Pretty & Henry Sedley
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
"The Hidden Hand: Synopsis" [1918]
54-page paperback of all 15 chapter synopses as syndicated in newspapers; not available at Amazon (2016) 9x6 pb [3/2008] for $9.95

glass slide for Eddie Polo 1918-19 serial "The Lure of The Circus"  
poster for Chapter 2 of the 1918-19 serial "The Lure of The Circus"  
poster for Chapter 7 of the 1918-19 serial "The Lure of The Circus"  "The Lure of the Circus" 18-chapter silent serial
[Universal Film Mfg. Company Nov 1918 to March 1919]

The eighteen chapters per se are lost, but were later edited down to a 54-minute feature version, prints of which survive; Chapter Titles: 1. The Big Tent; 2. The Giant's Leap; 3. Beaten Back; 4. The Message On The Cuff; 5. The Lip Reader; 6. The Aerial Disaster; 7. The Charge of The Elephant; 8. The Human Ladder; 9. The Flying Loop; 10. A Shot For Life; 11. The Dagger; 12. A Strange Escape; 13. A Plunge For Life; 14. Flames; 15. The Stolen Record; 16. The Knockout; 17. A Race With Time; and 18. The Last Trick • Produced & directed by J.P. McGowan; starring Eddie Polo, Eileen Sedgwick, Molly Malone, Harry Carter, Noble Johnson, Fred Starr, Duke R. Lee, Charles Hill Mailes, James Gordon, Andrew Waldron, Fred Montague, Sydney Deane & Josie Sedgwick
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
Grapevine Video Double Feature b&w DVD [7/2013] for $14.38
with "Hawk of The Hills" 10-chapter silent Western serial [1927]

glass slide ad for 'The Great Radium Mystery' [1919] silent serial  "The Great Radium Mystery" 18-chapter silent serial [Universal Oct 1919]
Lost film, plot unknown; Chapter Titles: 1. The Mystic Stone; 2. The Death Trap; 3. The Fatal Ride; 4. The Swing For Life; 5. The Torture Chamber; 6. The Tunnel of Doom; 7. A Flash In The Dark; 8. In The Clutches of A Mad Man; 9. The Roaring Volcano; 10. Creeping Flames; 11. Perils of Doom; 12. Shackled; 13. The Scalding Pit; 14. Hemmed In; 15. The Flaming Arrow; 16. Over The Cataract; 17. The Wheels of Death; and 18. Liquid Flames • Directed by Robert Broadwell & Robert F. Hill; written by Frederick Bennett; starring Cleo Madison {as Countess Nada}, Bob Reeves, Eileen Sedgwick, Bob Kortman, Ed Brady, Jefferson Osborne, Robert Gray, Gordon McGregor, Fred Hamer
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available {this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

poster for Chapter 11 of 'The Master Mystery' 15-chapter silent serial starring Harry Houdini  poster for Chapter 13 of 'The Master Mystery' 15-chapter silent serial starring Harry Houdini   "The Master Mystery" 15-chapter color-tinted silent serial [Octagon Films 1919-1920]
Federal agent Quentin Locke investigates a criminal cartel using an automaton/robot and poison gas; Chapter Titles: 1) Living Death; 2) The Iron Terror; 3) The Water Peril; 4) The Test; 5) The Chemist's Shop; 6) The Mad Genius; 7) Barbed Wire; 8) The Challenge; 9) The Madagascan Madness; 10) The Binding Ring; 11) The Net; 12) The Death Noose; 13) The Flash of Death; 14) The Tangled Web; 15) Bound At Last or The Unmasking of The Automaton; at present, 13 chapters exist at the U.C.L.A. Archive, chapters 4 & 10 are considered lost. Produced by B.A. Rolfe; directed by Harry Grossman & Burton L. King; written by Arthur B. Reeve & Charles Logue; starring Harry Houdini, Marguerite Marsh, Ruth Stonehouse, Edna Britton, William Pike, Charles Graham, Jack Burns & Floyd Buckley {as Q the Automaton} • credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
Houdini: The Movie Star 3-disc Collection from Kino  "Houdini: The Movie Star - Three-Disc Collection" DVD Box Set [2008]
Kino Intl. DVD set [4/2008] 3 disks for $19.48
Contains one movie serial and three feature films: "The Master Mystery" color-tinted silent movie serial [1919]; "Terror Island" b&w silent feature [1920]; "The Man From Beyond" color-tinted silent feature [1922]; "Haldane of The Secret Service" color-tinted silent feature [1923]; special features include fragment from "The Grim Game" [1919]; 1914 audio recording of Houdini; film of escape performances by Houdini, Hardeen, and others [circa 1907-23]; records from the New York Censor Board; and the 1910 short French spoof "Slippery Jim"

'The Lost City' 1920 silent serial from Warner Bros.  "The Lost City of The African Jungles" 15-chapter silent serial
[Selig Polyscope/Warner Bros. Jan 1920]

A millionaire big game hunter saves a white girl from being sold into slavery, and she turns out to be the daughter of the ruler of an unknown white civilization deep in the heart of Africa . . .; noted as the first adventure serial set in Africa, the first serial with real wild animals, and the first 'lost city' serial. Chapter Titles: 1. The Lost Princess; 2. The City of Hanging Gourds; 3. The Flaming Tower; 4. Jungle Death; 5. The Puma’s Victim; 6. The Man-Eater’s Prey; 7. The Bride of Death; 8. A Tragedy In The Sky; 9. In The Palace of Black Walls; 10. The Tug of War; 11. In The Lion’s Jaw; 12. The Jungle Fire; 13. In The Cave of Eternal Fire; 14. Eagle's Nest; and 15. The Lost City • Produced by William N. Selig, with Harry, Jack & Sam Warner; directed by E.A. Martin; written by Frederick Chapin; starring Juanita Hansen {as Princess Elyata of Tarik}, George Chesebro, Frank Clark, Hector Dion, Irene Wallace, Al Ferguson, Marjorie Lake, Jack Abraham
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
Chapter 1 princess & tiger 27"x40" poster from Amazon for $16.48
Chapter 12 princess on throne 27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
The Jungle Princess  "The Jungle Princess" 4-chapter silent serial [Selig Polyscope/Warner Bros. Nov 1920]
A four-chapter condensation of the original serial "The Lost City of The African Jungle"; also described as a feature release
Co-produced by William N. Selig; directed by E.A. Martin; written by Frederick Chapin; starring Juanita Hansen, George Chesebro, Frank Clark, Hector Dion, Al Ferguson
52-minute Grapevine Video b&w DVD [6/2011] for $16.50
also available on DVD [2006] at Serial Squadron for $9.95
credits at IMDbwatch Chapter 1 [12/2010 upload; 14:47] online at YouTube

poster for Chapter 6 of "Son of Tarzan" 1920 silent movie serial  "The Son of Tarzan" 15-chapter silent serial [N.F.C.A. May 1920]
Arch-enemy Paulovitch kidnaps Tarzan's son Jack, who escapes with the help of a trained ape into the African jungle. Jack meets Meriem, a white girl held by Arabs; he frees her and falls in love; Paulovitz wants the girl (really an heiress) too; Tarzan arrives with Jane and intervenes. Chapter Titles: 1. The Call of The Jungle; 2. Out of The Lion's Jaws; 3. Girl of The Jungle; 4. The Sheik's Revenge; 5. The Pirate's Prey; 6. The Killer's Mate; 7. The Quest of The Killer; 8. The Coming of Tarzan; 9. The Kiss of The Beast; 10. Tarzan Takes The Trail; 11. Ashes of Love; 12. Meriem's Ride In The Night; 13. Double Crossed; 14. Blazing Hearts; and 15. An Amazing Denouement • Co-directed by Arthur J. Flaven & Harry Revier; based on the 1915 novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs; starring Kamuela C. Searle (as Jack), Manilla Martan, Eugene Burr, P. Dempsey Tabler (as Tarzan ), Karla Schramm, Gordon Griffith (as young Jack), Mae Giraci, Frank Morrell & Ray Thompson
Alpha Video b&w DVD [1/2009] 4 hours for $5.98
full credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

more on Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Tarzan' Movies Page

The Phantom Foe 15-chapter silent serial  "The Phantom Foe" 15-chapter silent serial [Pathé Oct 1920]
Janet's father disappears before her eyes at her eighteenth birthday party, followed by confrontations with family secrets, psychics, mobsters – and murder! One incomplete print exists at Eastman House. Chapter Titles: 1) Doom; 2) Disap-pearance of Janet Dale; 3) Trail of The Wolf; 4) The Open Window; 5) The Tower Room; 6) The Crystal Ball; 7) Gun Fire; 8) The Man Trap; 9) The Mystic Summons; 10) The Foe Unmasked; 11) Through Prison Walls; 12) Behind The Veil; 13) Attack At The Inn; 14) Confession; and 15) Retribution • Produced & co-written by George B. Seitz; directed by Bertram Millhauser & 2AD Spencer Gordon Bennet; co-written by Frank Leon Smith; starring Juanita Hansen, Warner Oland, Wallace McCutcheon Jr., William Bailey, Nina Cassavant, Tom Goodwin, Harry Semels, Joe Cuny
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

poster for Chapter 5 of the 1920-21 serial "King of The Circus"  "King of The Circus" 18-chapter silent serial {Universal Nov 1920 to March 1921]
Chapter Titles: 1. Bloody Money; 2. The Mushroom Bullet; 3. Stolen Evidence; 4. Facing Death; 5. The Black Wallet; 6. The Lion's Claws; 7. Over The City; 8. Treachery; 9. Dynamite; 10. The Mystic Power (aka The Mystic's Power); 11. Man and Beast; 12. Deep Waters; 13. A Fight For Life; 14. Out of The Clouds; 15. The Woman In Black; 16. The Cradle of Death; 17. The Final Reckoning; and 18. The Lost Heritage • Directed by & co-starring J.P. McGowan; starring Eddie Polo, Corrine Porter, Kittoria Beveridge, Harry Madison, Charles Fortune, J.J. Bryson, Dorothy Hagan, Viola Tasma, Tom London, Jay Marchant, Frank Shaw, Bruce Randall & Jack Newton
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available {this serial is considered lost}credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

painting of actress Juanita Hansen on the cover of 'Motion Picture Classic Magazine' June 1917 issue  "The Yellow Arm" 15-chapter serial [Pathé June 1921]
Details are scarce: no poster, no plot/synopsis found, print status unknown. Chapter Titles: 1. House of Alarms; 2. Vengeance of The East; 3. A Strange Disappearance; 4. At Bay 5. Danger Ahead; 6. A Nest of Knaves; 7. Into The Dead of Night; 8. Smuggled Aboard; 9. Kingdom of Deceit; 10. The Water Peril; 11. Pawns of Power; 12. Price of A Throne; 13. Behind The Curtain; 14. The False Goddess; and 15. The Miracle • Produced by George B. Seitz; directed by Bertram Millhauser; written by James Shelley Hamilton; starring Juanita Hansen, Warner Oland, Marguerite Courtot, Stephen Carr, William Bailey, Tom Keith, Al Franklin Thomas
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

Adventures of Tarzan 1921 silent serial starring Elmo Lincoln  "The Adventures of Tarzan" silent serial [Numa/Great Western Dec 1921]
Originally 15 chapters; recent restoration is 10 chapters. Chapter Titles: 1. Jungle Romance; 2. City of Gold; 3. Sun Death; 4. The Stalking Death; 5. Flames of Hate; 6. The Ivory Tomb; 7. The Jungle Trap; 8. The Tornado; 9. Fangs of The Lion; 10. The Simoon; 11. The Hidden Arrows; 12. The Dynamite Trail; 13. The Jungle's Prey; 14. Flaming Arrows; and 15. The Last Adventure • Directed by Robert F. Hill & Scott Sidney; based on the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950]; starring Elmo Lincoln, Louise Lorraine, Scott Pembroke, Frank Whitson, George Monberg & Lillian Worth
189-minute Serial Squadron b&w DVD [9/2008] 2 disks for $17.99
full credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

more on Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Tarzan' Movies Page

lobby card for 'The Timber Queen' 1922 silent serial   "The Timber Queen" 15-chapter serial [Hal Roach Studios/Pathé Exchange July 1922]
At least four chapters exist at U.C.L.A and at the Gosfilmofond archives in Moscow, Russia; the rest are considered lost. Chapter Titles: (1) The Log Jam; (2) The Flaming Forest; (3) Guilty As Charged; (4) Go Get Your Man; (5) The Yukon Trail; (6) The HIdden Pearl; (7) Mutiny; (8) The Smuggler's Cave; (9) Horned Fury; (10) Human Vultures; (11) The Runaway Engine; (12) The Abyss; (13) The Stolen Wedding; (14) One Day To Go; and (15) The Silver Lining • Production supervisor Hal Roach; directed by Fred Jackman; written by Carl Krusada & Bertram Millhauser; starring Ruth Roland, Bruce Gordon, Val Paul, Leo Willis, Frank Lackteen, Bull Montana, Al Ferguson, Al/Otto Freez, Chris Lynton
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

In the Days of Buffalo Bill 18-chapter silent serial  "In The Days of Buffalo Bill" 18-chapter silent serial [Universal Film Mfg. Co. Sept 1922]
Although the film is long lost, the plot appears to include young Art Taylor and Bill Cody (born 1846) during the U.S. Civil War, the assassination of President Lincoln, the Indian Wars, and the Golden Spike ceremony of the Transcontinental Railroad; location filming in California and at the 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. Chapter titles: 1. Bonds of Steel; 2. In The Enemy's Hands; 3. The Spy; 4. The Sword of Grant and Lee; 5. The Man of The Ages; 6. Prisoners of The Sioux; 7. Shackles of Fate; 8. The Last Shot; 9. From Tailor To Presi-dent; 10. Empire Builders; 11. Perils of The Plains; 12. The Hand of Justice; 13. Trails of Peril; 14. The Scarlet Doom; 15. Men of Steel; 16. The Brink of Eternity; 17. A Race To The Finish; and 18. Driving The Golden Spike • Directed by Edward Laemmle; story and scenario by Robert Dillon; starring Art Acord, Duke R. Lee {as 'Buffalo Bill' Cody}, Ruth Royce, George A. Williams, Jay Morley, Otto Nelson, Jim Corey {as Quantrell}, Burton Law, William De Vaull, Joel Day & J. Herbert Frank {as Abraham Lincoln}, Charles Colby, John W. Morris & Tex Driscoll {as Gen. Grant}, Lafe McKee {as Robert E. Lee}, Harry Myers, Chief Lightheart {as Sitting Bull}, William F. Moran {as John Wilkes Booth} & Silver Tip Baker
{this film is considered lost}credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

'The Radio King' 1922 Universal Pictures silent serial  "The Radio King" [Universal Film Mfng Co. Oct 1922]
Plot details not found; chapter titles: 1. A Cry For Help; 2. The Secret of The Air; 3. A Battle of Wits; 4. Warned By Radio; 5. Ship of Doom; 6. S.O.S.; 7. Saved By Wireless; 8. The Master Wave; 9. The Trail of Vengeance; and 10. Saved By Science • Presented by Carl Laemmle; directed by Robert F. Hill; written by Robert Dillon; starring Roy Stewart, Louise Lorraine, Sidney Bracey, Albert J. Smith, Clark Comstock, Ernest Butterworth Jr., Fontaine La Rue, Slim Whitaker, Lew Meehan, Marion Feducha, Helen Broneau, Joseph North, D. Mitsoras, Laddie Earle, Charles Force
{this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

Norwegian poster for chapter 4 of 'The Oregon Trail' 1923 silent serial  "The Oregon Trail" 18-chapter silent serial [Universal Pictures March-July 1923]
Filmed at Big Bear near Los Angeles; plot details unknown; Chapter Titles: 1. Westward Ho!; 2. White Treachery; 3. Across The Continent; 4. Message of Death; 5. Wagon of Doom; 6. Secret Foes; 7. A Man of God; 8. Seeds of Civilization; 9. Justice; 10. The New Era; 11. A Game of Nations; 12. To Save An Empire; 13. Trail of Death; 14. On To Washington; 15. Santa Fe; 16. Fate of A Nation; 17. For High Stakes; and 18. Victory • Directed by Edward Laemmle; starring Art Acord, Louise Lorraine, Duke R. Lee, Jim Corey, Burton Law, Sidney De Gray, Ruth Royce, Grace McLean, Dick Carter, Walter Bytell, William Ryno, Frederick Peters & Rex the Wonder Dog
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

publicity photo of Fred Thomson and horse Silver King  "The Eagle's Talons" 15-episode silent serial [Universal April 1923]
Location filming on the Sierra Railway [est. 1897] in California; plot details not found; Chapter Titles: 1. House of Mystery, 2. Edge of Eternity, 3. Hulk of Horror, 4. Daring Hearts, 5. A Deal In Diplomacy, 6. The Flood of Fury, 7. The Road To Doom, 8. Against Odds, 9. A Fighting Chance, 10. Into The Chasm, 11. The Betrayal, 12. The Sacrifice, 13. Dodging The Conspirators, 14. The Inferno, and 15. The Eagle Foiled
Directed by Duke Worne; co-written by Frances Marion; starring Fred Thomson [1890-1928], Ann Little, Al Wilson, Herbert Fortier, Joseph W. Girard, Edith Stayart, Edward Cecil, Roy Tompkins, Joe Bonomo, Albert J. Smith, George Magrill, Tom Tyler
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

promo poster for 1923 silent serial "The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu" from Stoll Pictures  "The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu" silent serial [Stoll Pictures U.K. 1923]
"15 thrilling 2-reel episodes": stand-alone stories, rather than American-style cliffhanger chapters; episode titles are "The Scented Envelopes", "The West Case", "The Clue of The Pigtail", "The Call of Siva", "The Miracle", "The Fungi Cellars", "The Knocking On The Door", "The Cry of The Nighthawk", "Aaron's Rod", "The Fiery Hand", "The Man With The Limp", "The Queen of Hearts", "The Silver Buddha", "The Sacred Order" & "The Shrine of Seven Lamps"
Directed by A.E. Coleby; starring Harry Agar Lyons (as Fu Manchu), Fred Paul (as Nayland Smith), Humberston Wright (as Dr. Petrie), Frank Wilson (as Insp. Weymouth), and Joan Clarkson (as Karamaneh); credits at IMDb

"The Further Mysteries of Fu Manchu" silent serial [Stoll Pictures U.K. 1924]
eight further episodes directed by Fred Paul; starring Harry Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Humberston Wright,
Frank Wilson & Dorinea Shirley (as Karamaneh); serial not listed separately on IMDb
Chapter Titles are "A Midnight Summons", "The Coughing Horror", "Cragmire Tower", "The Green Mist",
"The Café de l'Egypte", "The Golden Pomegranates", "Karamenah", and "Greywater Park"

more Fu Manchu (sound & silent features, books, DVDs, links) on the
Fu Manchu & author Sax Rohmer Page at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore

poster for Chapter 7 of 1924 silent serial 'The Fast Express'  "The Fast Express" 15-chapter silent serial [Universal March-June 1924]
Story details unknown; Chapter Titles: 1. Facing The Crisis; 2. Vanishing Diamonds; 3. Woman of Mystery; 4. Haunted House; 5. Perils of The City; 6. Cipher Message; 7. Bandit Raiders; 8. Impostor's Scheme; 9. Falsely Accused; 10. Path of Danger; 11. The Abduction; 12. The Trial Run; 13. The False Summons; 14. Black Treasure; and 15. Retribution • Directed by & starring William Duncan; script by Paul M. Bryan, Karl R. Coolidge & George H. Plympton, based on the novel "Crossed Wires" by Courtney Ryley Cooper; also starring Edith Johnson, Edward Cecil, Eva Gordon, Jim Welch, Albert J. Smith, Harry Woods & Joe Dominguez
{this film is considered lost: only fragments exist}credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

poster for Chapter 7 of 1926 lost silent serial 'The Winking Idol'  "The Winking Idol" 10-chapter silent serial [Universal Pictures Feb 1926]
Western serial, plot details not found; chapter titles: 1. The Eye of Evil; 2. Buzzards' Roost; 3. Crashing Timbers; 4. Racing For Love; 5. The Vanishing Bride; 6. The Torrent of Terror; 7. Flames of Fear; 8. The Fight At The Falls; 9. In The Danger of Dynamite; and 10. The Lost Lode • Directed by Francis Ford; written by Arthur Henry Gooden, George Morgan, Charles E. van Loan; starring William Desmond, Eileen Sedgwick, Jack Richardson, Grace Cunard, Helen Broneau, Herbert Sutch, Dorothy Gulliver, Artie Ortego, Vanna Carroll, Syd Saylor
{this film is considered lost}full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

Fighting With Buffalo Bill 10-chapter silent serial  "Fighting With Buffalo Bill" 10-chapter silent serial [Universal Pictures Aug 1926]
Plot details unknown; chapter titles: 1. Westward; 2. The Red Menace; 3. The Blazing Arrow; 4. The Death Trap; 5. The Renegade; 6. The Race For Life; 7. Buried Alive; 8. Desperate Chances; 9. The Shadow of Evil; and 10. At The End of The Trail • Directed by Ray Taylor; starring Wallace MacDonald, Elsa Benham, Edmund Cobb {as 'Buffalo Bill' Cody}, Robert Homans, Cuyler Supplee, Grace Cunard, Howard Truesdale, Nelson McDowell & Harry Blake
This film is considered lostcredits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

original Russian poster for "Miss Mend" 1926 silent serial  "Miss Mend" silent serial [Russia Oct 1926]
Described as a serial, this silent film was released in three parts, running over 4 hours. The DVD is digitally-restored, with English titles, and new music by Robert Israel; extras on DVD include a booklet, a 25-minute docufilm & a 15-minute docufilm on the music recording sessions. An attempt to merge fast-paced Hollywood-style action with Soviet political ideology & German expressionism; based on a 1923 pulp novel by Marietta Shaginian. A secretary at an American-owned factory gets involved in a workers' strike, three newspaper men arrive to cover the events, and the four team up to prevent the nasty capitalist owner from unleashing germ warfare against Russia. Co-written & co-directed by Fyodor Otsep & Boris Barnet; co-written by Vasili Sakhnovsky; starring Natalya Glan, Boris Barnet, Igor Ilyinsky, Vladimir Fogel, Sergei Komarov, Ivan Koval-Samborsky & Natalya Rozenel
Flicker Alley b&w DVD [12/2009] 2 disks for $39.95
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Hawk of The Hills" 10-chapter silent Western serial [1927]

common publicity photo of J.P. McGowan as Whispering Smith  "Whispering Smith Rides" 10-chapter silent serial [Universal June-Aug 1927]
Chapter Titles: 1. Lawless Men; 2. Caught In The Crash; 3. Trapped; 4. The Ambush; 5. Railroad Gold; 6. The Interrupted Wedding; 7. A Coward of Conscience; 8. The Bandit's Bargain; 9. The Trail of Sacrifice; and 10. A Call of The Heart • Directed by Ray Taylor; written by Frank H. Spearman; scenario by Arthur Henry Gooden; starring J.P. McGowan, Wallace MacDonald, Rose Blossom, Henry Hebert, Merrill McCormick, Nelson McDowell, Willie Fung & Dick La Reno
{ this film serial is considered lost } • VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available
serial credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

More info on real-life railroad detective James L. Smith and the many fiction & non-fiction books & stories and silent & sound movies
is on 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore's "Whispering Smith" Page

The Chinatown Mystery 10-chapter silent serial  "The Chinatown Mystery" 10-chapter silent serial [Syndicate Pictures Sept 1928]
Chapter Titles: 1. The Chinatown Mystery, 2. The Clutching Claw; 3. The Devil's Dice; 4. The
Mysterious Thirteen; 5. Galloping Fury; 6. The Depth of Danger; 7. The Invisible Hand; 8. The
Wreck; 9. Broken Jade; and 10. The Thirteenth Hour
Directed by J.P. McGowan; written by &
starring Francis Ford; co-starring Joe Bonomo, Ruth Hiatt & Helen Gibson
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb • no entry at Wikipedia

poster for Chapter 4 of the lost 1929 silent serial 'The Fire Detective'  "The Fire Detective" 10-chapter silent serial [Pathé Exchange March-May 1929]
Plot details unknown; Chapter Titles: 1. The Arson Trail; 2. The Pit of Darkness; 3. The Hidden Hand; 4. The Convict Strikes; 5. On Flaming Waters; 6. The Man of Mystery; 7. The Ape Man; 8. Back From Death; 9. Menace of The Past; and 10. The Flame of Love Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet & Thomas Storey; written by George Arthur Gray & Frank Leon Smith; starring Gladys McConnell, Hugh Allan, Leo D. Maloney, Frank Lackteen, John Cossar, Larry Steers, Bruce Gordon & Carlton S. King
{this film serial is considered lost}bare credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia
Chapter 4 poster (at left) 12-color giclée art print in six sizes from Amazon

Tarzan The Tiger 15-chapter silent serial  "Tarzan The Tiger" 15-chapter silent serial [Universal Oct 1929]
Released as a silent film as well as a 'sound' version (a rough musical score, sound effects cues, and a few lines of dialogue on a phonograph record); once-lost film, now in the public domain. Arabs destroy Tarzan's home and sell Jane into slavery. Tarzan is hit on the head and suffers amnesia for a while, then recovers from another blow to the head. He then defeats the villain, recovers the fabulous jewels of Opar, and rescues Jane. Chapter Titles: 1. Call of The Jungle; 2. The Road To Opar; 3. The Altar of The Flaming God; 4. The Vengeance of La; 5. Condemned To Death; 6. Tantor The Terror; 7. The Deadly Peril; 8. Loop of Death; 9. Flight of Werper; 10. Prisoner of The Apes; 11. The Jaws of Death; 12. The Jewels of Opar; 13. A Human Sacrifice; 14. Tarzan's Rage; and 15. Tarzan's Triumph
Co-produced & directed by Henry MacRae; based on the 1916 novel "Tarzan and The Jewels of Opar" by Edgar Rice Burroughs; starring Frank Merrill, Natalie Kingston, Al Ferguson, Mademoiselle Kithnou, Sheldon Lewis, Paul Panzer & Clive Morgan
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [10/2006] for $7.98
United Home Video b&w VHS [7/97] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

more on Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Tarzan' Movies Page

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