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The first book-length study of pioneering and prolific filmmakers Ted and Leo Wharton, Silent Serial Sensations offers a fascinating account of the dynamic early film industry. As Barbara Tepa Lupack demonstrates, the Wharton brothers were behind some of the most profitable and influential productions of the era, including The Exploits of Elaine and The Mysteries of Myra, which starred such popular performers as Pearl White, Irene Castle, Francis X. Bushman, and Lionel Barrymore. Working from the independent film studio they established in Ithaca, New York, Ted and Leo turned their adopted town into "Hollywood on Cayuga." By interweaving contemporary events and incorporating technological and scientific innovations, the Whartons expanded the possibilities of the popular serial motion picture and defined many of its conventions. A number of the sensational techniques and character types they introduced are still being employed by directors and producers a century later.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Note on Spelling
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Introduction: The Sensation of the Serial
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Seeking “Old Opportunity”
  2. pp. 14-31
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  1. 2. Taking a Parallel Path
  2. pp. 32-40
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  1. 3. Bringing Essanay’s “Special Eastern” to Ithaca
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. 4. Taming and Reframing Buffalo Bill
  2. pp. 58-67
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  1. 5. Going Independent
  2. pp. 68-81
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  1. 6. Exploiting Elaine
  2. pp. 82-99
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  1. 7. Extending Elaine
  2. pp. 100-114
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  1. 8. Establishing Roots in Renwick Park
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. 9. Unraveling Myra’s Mysteries
  2. pp. 131-149
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  1. 10. Asking Beatrice
  2. pp. 150-161
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  1. 11. Preparing for War
  2. pp. 162-182
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  1. 12. Moving into Feature Filmmaking
  2. pp. 183-206
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  1. 13. Staring into The Eagle’s Eye
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. 14. Leaving Ithaca
  2. pp. 227-237
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  1. 15. Heading West
  2. pp. 238-256
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  1. Appendix 1: Script, The Mysteries of Myra, “The Dagger of Dreams” (Episode One)
  2. pp. 257-278
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  1. Appendix 2: Script, Beatrice Fairfax, “The Opal Ring” (Suppressed Episode)
  2. pp. 279-294
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  1. Appendix 3: Script, The Eagle’s Eye, “The Hidden Death” (Episode One)
  2. pp. 295-320
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 321-362
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 363-368
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  1. Illustration Credits
  2. pp. 369-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-384
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501748202
Related ISBN
9781501748196
MARC Record
OCLC
1110674647
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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