Helen is a no nonsense, tough as they come heroine queen!
As of this writing, The Hazards of Helen, is leading in amount of votes on the IMDb over its chief rival, The Perils of Pauline. It perhaps attracts more fans because of its "high camp" appeal today. Although both are of the same age, "Hazzard" in addition seems a bit more crisper and technically superior with Helen Holmes coming across somewhat tougher than Pearl. Even in comparison with other non serials of the time, the Holmes serial looks to be in the forefront with the amount of close-ups and brevity of inter-titles which translates into superior enjoyment. A typical example among the 119 chapters is, In Danger's Path(1914). No doubt to cut down on inter-titles(there are only 2), characters names are not given, so Helen's male friend will have to forego one for this review. The story starts out at Hobart Junction with it's telegraph operator Helen(in close-up). Her pal arrives, and a photograph of the thieves they are to look out for is shown. We transfer to a close-up of the thieves in hiding, then a medium close shot of them throwing the loot off the train. The inspector on top espies them. Switch to Helen at control switch. Then back to the villainous twosome jumping from the train at Hobart Junction. A pursuit follows, Helen and friend run out in different directions with Helen, of course, running right into them! After a brief struggle, they throw her in the refrigerator car. Helen's first hazard was not long in arriving! Not to be overcome, Helen inside at once begins to rub two pieces of wood together to start a fire. The train is on the move again. The wood begins to emit flames. Then the fire gets out of control. The billowing smoke coming out of the train is spotted. The train comes to a halt at the water stop. The refrigerator car and Helen are doused with water, with Helen emerging totally drenched! She at this point is not too dismayed at the events so far, just another day on the job! She is taken away and given a hot drink. Soon after the thieves are on the loose again, and in no time Helen and friend bump into them again! A short-lived struggle ensues and the villains get away. Her friend pursues and catches up to them. Will Helen come to the rescue? This serial remains a definite crowd pleaser! Print quality is fair to good, running time 16 minutes.
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