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The Exploits of Elaine
(1914-1915) American
B&W : Serial / 14 episodes
Directed by Louis J. Gasnier and George B. Seitz

Cast: Pearl White [Elaine Dodge], Arnold Daly [Detective Craig Kennedy], Sheldon Lewis [Perry Bennett / ‘The Clutching Hand’], Creighton Hale [Jameson], William Riley Hatch [President Dodge], Raymond Owens, Edwin Arden [Wu Fang], Robin H. Townley [‘Limpy Red’], Floyd Buckley [Michael], M.W. Rale [Wong Lang Sin], Bessie Wharton [Mrs. Dodge], Paul Panzer, Howard Cody, Lionel Barrymore

The Eclectic Film Company production; distributed by Pathé Exchange, Incorporated. / Produced by Leopold D. Wharton and Theodore W. Wharton. Scenario by Charles W. Goddard and George B. Seitz, from stories by Arthur B. Reeve. Art direction by Archer Chadwick. / 14 episodes: [1] “The Clutching Hand,” released 29 December 1914; [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”; [14] “The Reckoning.” / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format.


Survival status: Prints exist in the George Eastman Museum film archive [incomplete 35mm positive]; and (of some of the episodes, including episodes 8-10) [16mm reduction positives, 8mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Characters: Craig Kennedy - Chinese - Crime - Criminals - Law: Enforcement: Police: Detectives - Serials

Listing updated: 7 May 2016.

References: Bardèche-History pp. 16, 24, 69, 70, 113, 130, 131; Edmonds-BigU p. 131; Everson-American p. 317; Everson-Detective pp. 24-25, 29, 34; Fell-History p. 90; Lahue-Bound p. 28; Lahue-Continued pp. 27-28, 155; Menefee-Bernhardt p. 95; Robinson-Palace p. 143; Stedman-Serials pp. 15, 16, 17, 39, 54; Steinbrunner-Encyclopedia p. 232; Tarbox-Lost p. 221 : ClasIm-226 p. 43 : Website-GEM; Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq.

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