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The Perils of Pauline (1914)

 -  Action  -  23 March 1914 (USA)
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Young Pauline is left a lot of money when her wealthy uncle dies. However, her uncle's secretary has been named as her guardian until she marries, at which time she will officially take ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Crane Wilbur ...
Harry Marvin
Paul Panzer ...
Raymond Owen aka Koerner (re-release)
Edward José ...
Sanford Marvin - Pauline's Father
Francis Carlyle ...
Hicks - Owen's Henchman
Clifford Bruce ...
Gypsy Leader
Donald MacKenzie ...
Blinky Bill
Jack Standing ...
Ensign Summers
Eleanor Woodruff ...
Lucille Sampson / Mlle. de Leongeon [Ch. 18]
Leroy Baker
Louise Du Pre
Oscar Nye
Sam J. Ryan ...
Baskinelli (as Sam Ryan)
Louis J. Gasnier ...
Himself [Ch. 9]
Joe Cuny
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Young Pauline is left a lot of money when her wealthy uncle dies. However, her uncle's secretary has been named as her guardian until she marries, at which time she will officially take possession of her inheritance. Meanwhile, her "guardian" and his confederates constantly come up with schemes to get rid of Pauline so that he can get his hands on the money himself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Eclectic Film Company's Great $25,000 Prize Photo-Play

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23 March 1914 (USA)  »

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Les exploits d'Elaine  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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There never was a scene in this serial with Pauline tied to a conveyor belt approaching a buzz saw, either in the footage which survives or in that which does not. Very detailed plot summaries of all 20 original episodes show nothing remotely similar to that occurred in any of the episodes. A number of other silent films did contain such a scene. It was referred to as a "Blue Jeans" scene because it originated in a 1890 stage play of that name. See the book "Melodrama and Modernity" by Ben Singer, 2001, Columbia University Press, pages 183-185. Blue Jeans style sawmill scenes were in the film version of the play Blue Jeans (1917), as well as the serials Perils of Thunder Mountain (1919) and The Timber Queen (1922). See more »

Goofs

The present distributors of the DVD (Grapevine Video) have created new title credits for each episode, in which they state it was produced by the Eclectic Film Company. Actually, it was produced by the American branch of Pathe Freres, and was distributed (not produced) by Eclectic who handled the USA distribution of Pathe product at that time. See more »

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The Silent Serial You Must See
10 February 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If you have to see only one silent serial, then this is the one you have to see. Not because it is clearly the best one -- although it's a lot of fun, there are others, such as Feuillade's LES VAMPIRES with as good or even better claims -- but simply because it is a ripsnorting bunch of fun, and, more importantly, the wellspring from which all other movie serials, that cinematic art more fully lost to its makers than the movie musical -- the spring from which all serials sprang. It has all the usual stuff of serials -- scary cliffhanging chapter ends, the intrepid hero and heroine, the awful, hissable villain, tearful deathbed scenes and a host of storied names: Pearl White, Crane Wilbur, Louis Gassnier, George Seitz..... who has not heard of The Perils of Pauline? And I will repeat in case you missed it: it's a lot of fun. In the original version it might not play well in one evening, but the only surviving version is the 9-chapter version that Pathe released in Europe in 1916, now available on DVD from Grapevine. The print they located is a bit battered, but complete and in a lovely colored print. Go to their website and order one. Watch it with some friends. You won't regret it.


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