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  Ernest Shields (on floor), Francis Ford (standing, right) and Grace Cunard.
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The Broken Coin
(1915) American
B&W : Serial / 44 reels
Directed by Francis Ford

Cast: Grace Cunard [Kitty Gray], Francis Ford [Count Frederick], Eddie Polo [Roleau], Harry Schumm [King Michael II], Ernest Shields [Count Sacchio], Jack Ford (John Ford) [Sacchio’s accomplice], W.C. Canfield (William Canfield) [Gorgas, the outlaw], [?] Reese Gardiner or Reese Gardner? [the Apache], Doc Crane [the pawnbroker], Harry Mann [servant], Vic Goss (Victor Goss) [servant], Lewis Short (Lew Short) [the prime minister], [?] E.J. Uttal or George J. Uttel? [a henchman], Bert Wilson [the confidante], [?] Minna Cunard or Mina Cunard? [the King’s sweetheart], Carl Laemmle [the editor-in-chief], E.A. Clark, Mark Fenton, Jack Holt, Burton C. Law, Norman MacDonald, William White

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, production; distributed by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated [Universal Special]. / Scenario by Grace Cunard, from a screen story by Emerson Hough. Assistant director, Jack Ford (John Ford). Cinematography by R.E. Irish and Harry McGuire (Harry McGuire Stanley). Presented by Carl Laemmle. // Twenty-two episodes (two reels each): [1] “The Broken Coin,” © 14 June 1914 by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated, and released 27 June 1915 (Universal release number 0613); [2] “The Satan of the Sands,” released 4 July 1915 (Universal release number 0632); [3] “When the Throne Rocked,” released 11 July 1915; [4] “The Face at the Window,” released 18 July 1915; [5] “The Underground Foe,” released 25 July 1915; [6] “A Startling Discovery,” released 1 August 1915; [7] “Between Two Fires,” released 8 August 1915; [8] “The Prison in the Palace,” released 15 August 1915; [9] “Room 22,” released 22 August 1915; [10] “Cornered,” released 29 August 1915; [11] “The Clash of Arms,” released 5 September 1915; [12] “A Cry in the Dark,” released 12 September 1915; [13] “War,” released 19 September 1915; [14] “On the Battlefield,” released 26 September 1915; [15] [?] “The Deluge” or “The Meanest of Them All”?, released 3 October 1915; [16] “Kitty in Danger,” released 10 October 1915; [17] “The Castaways,” released 17 October 1915; [18] “The Underground City,” released 24 October 1915; [19] “The Sacred Fire,” released 31 October 1915; [20] “Between Two Fires,” released 7 November 1915; [21] “A Timely Rescue,” released 14 November 1915; [22] “An American Queen,” released 21 November 1915. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The serial was originally advertised at a length of 15 episodes. A trade premiere of the first three episodes of the serial were shown at the Broadway Theatre in New York, New York, circa the first week of June 1915. Website-IMDb lists episode release dates beginning with 21 June 1915 in error.

Drama.

Survival status: The film is presumed lost.

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Newspapers: Reporters - Rescues - Serials - USA: California: San Francisco

Listing updated: 3 March 2011.

References: Braff-Short nn. 602, 1765, 1766, 2607, 3452, 3898, 4225, 4541, 5164, 6442, 12375, 16372, 17941, 19282, 19064, 19418, 21304, 22800, 23751, 23752, 24374, 24985; Braff-Universal n. 931; Drew-Speaking p. 253; Edmonds-BigU pp. 59, 60, 103; Gallagher-Ford pp. 8, 11, 15; Hirschhorn-Universal p. 8; Lahue-Collecting p. 149; Lahue-Continued pp. 29-30, 161, 283; Sinclair-Ford p. 229; Stedman-Serials p. 11; Tarbox-Lost pp. 232, 237 : UnivWeekly-19150612 pp. 2, 3, 13, 20-21, 34 : Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq.

 
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