Serials

Birthday Boy: Hiram S. Brown, Jr.

Posted in Birthday,Serials on June 16, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

Born on this day in 1909: Hiram S. Brown, Jr., whose career as a motion-picture producer lasted less than two years but gave us some of the finest serials made and released by Republic Pictures. Personally, I think he’s an unsung hero of serial history. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Business School, “Bunny” (as […]

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Birthday Girl: Iris Meredith

Posted in Birthday,Conventions,Pulps,Serials on June 3, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

One of the most popular and frequently commented upon articles in Blood ‘n’ Thunder history is “My Dinner with Nita,” my tribute to Iris Meredith, the lovely actress who played pulp-fiction heroine Nita Van Sloan in a 1938 Columbia serial, The Spider’s Web. It first ran in issue #15 (Summer 2006) and was later reprinted […]

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May 19: A 2nd Tarzan-Related Birthday

Posted in Birthday,Serials on May 19, 2015 @ 7:29 pm

Earlier today I posted a birthday tribute to Herman Brix, a former screen Tarzan. But he wasn’t the only person with a connection to the Ape Man born on May 19th. The screen’s fifth and last silent-era Jane, Natalie Kingston, shared the same birthday and is likewise deserving of recognition here. Born in 1905 as […]

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Birthday Boy: Tarzan of the Movies! (Well, ONE of them, anyway.)

Posted in Birthday,Serials on @ 11:08 am

On May 19, 1906 Olympic athlete-turned-actor Herman Brix—also known as Bruce Bennett, the adopted name he used for most of his professional life—was born in Tacoma, Washington. Most film fans probably remember Bennett for his roles in such classic “A” movies as Mildred Pierce (1945), The Man I Love (1947, his personal favorite), and The […]

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A Lost Serial Found (And Screened): Pearl White’s THE HOUSE OF HATE

Posted in Serials on April 14, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

As an historian and archivist, I’m excited by few things as much as the discovery, restoration, and revival of a movie serial long thought lost. In 50 years of actively researching and championing the preservation of chapter plays I’ve been privileged to be part of several such recovery efforts. So it was with particular enthusiasm […]

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Silent Serials Book Set: Just Two Left!

Posted in Serials on March 20, 2015 @ 12:00 am

Last week, as the result of an overstock situation, I offered two-volume sets of Murania Press books dealing with silent-era movie serials: Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders, a history of the form, and The Perils of Pauline: Centennial Edition, our reprinting of the 1914 novelization of the classic chapter play that made Pearl White an […]

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Overstock Sale for Serial Fans

Posted in Murania Press,Serials on March 13, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

Recently I printed some extra copies of Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders and The Perils of Pauline: Centennial Edition for a Pearl White birthday commemoration organized by the Fort Lee Film Commission. Unfortunately, circumstances arising at the last minute prevented me from attending the event (which, I’m told, packed the venue), and as a result […]

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Speaking of Serials….

Posted in Movies,Serials on February 27, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

If you’re a film buff who spends a fair amount of time watching the Turner Classic Movies channel, you’re probably familiar with Flicker Alley. Originally a small boutique DVD label that offered rare and obscure silent films to hard-core collectors, they have broadened their activities to include full-scale restorations and marketing of archival gems sourced […]

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Happy Birthday, Spencer Bennet!

Posted in Serials on January 5, 2015 @ 10:02 pm

Who, you ask, was the King of the Motion-Picture Serial? Well, most aficionados would bestow the title on Buster Crabbe. Others would nominate Kane Richmond. A fair number might say the distinction belongs to Tom Tyler, or Ralph Byrd, or maybe even Kirk Alyn. Fifty years ago, old-time fans would have nominated Eddie Polo, William […]

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