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The Mysteries of Myra
(1916) American
B&W : Serial / 31 reels
Directed by Theodore W. Wharton and Leopold D. Wharton

Cast: Jean Southern (Jean Sothern) [Myra Maynard], Howard Estabrook [Doctor Payson Alden], Allen Murnane [Arthur Varney], M.W. Rale [the grand master], Bessie E. Wharton [Mrs. Maynard], Leroy Baker [Willis, the butler], Elsie Baker, F.W. Stewart

Wharton, Incorporated, production; distributed by International Film Service Company, Incorporated (Pathé Exchange, Incorporated). / Produced by Theodore W. Wharton and Leopold D. Wharton. Scenario by Charles W. Goddard, from a screen story by Hereward Carrington. Story consultant, Hereward Carrington. Art direction by E. Douglas Bingham and Archer Chadwick. Special effects by Leroy Baker. Assistant director, Robin H. Townley. / 15 episodes (two reels each): [1] “The Dagger of Dreams,” released 24 April 1916 (three reels); [2] “The Poisoned Flower,” released 1 May 1916; [3] “The Mystic Mirrors,” released 8 May 1916; [4] “The Wheel of Spirit,” released 15 May 1916; [5] “The Fumes of Fear,” released 22 May 1916; [6] “The Hypnotic Clue,” 29 May 1916; [7] “The Mystery Mind,” released 5 June 1916; [8] “The Nether World,” released 12 June 1916; [9] “Invisible Destroyer,” released 19 June 1916; [10] “Levitation,” 26 June 1916; [11] “The Fire-Elemental,” released 3 July 1916; [12] “Elixir of Youth,” released 10 July 1916; [13] “Witchcraft,” released 17 July 1916; [14] “Suspended Animation,” released 24 July 1916; [15] “The Thought Monster,” released 31 July 1916. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format.

Drama: Supernatural.

Survival status: The film is presumed lost : Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (American Film Institute collection) [incomplete (footage from three episodes)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Occult: Devil worshippers - Rescues - Secret organizations - Serials - Supernatural

Listing updated: 17 March 2012.

References: Goddard-Myra p. 5; Lahue-Bound p. 76; Lahue-Collecting p. 153; Lahue-Continued pp. 44-45, 171, 286; Stedman-Serials p. 38 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq : with additional information provided by Eric Stedman.

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