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Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912-1956
     

Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912-1956

by Buck Rainey
 

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The 471 serials anti 100 series (continuing productions without the cliffhanger endings) from the United States and 136 serials and 37 series from other countries are included in this comprehensive reference work. Each entry includes title, country of origin, year, studio, number of episodes, running time or number of reels, episode titles, cast, production credits,

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The 471 serials anti 100 series (continuing productions without the cliffhanger endings) from the United States and 136 serials and 37 series from other countries are included in this comprehensive reference work. Each entry includes title, country of origin, year, studio, number of episodes, running time or number of reels, episode titles, cast, production credits, and a plot synopsis.

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Booknews
The author of 13 other film studies details series and serials (the distinction is blurry), which are generally considered bit players in motion picture history but thrilled audiences for decades as memorable vehicles of vicarious adventure and romance. In his brief but informative introduction, the author provides such background details as: "continued next week" series premiered in the silent era with What Happened to Mary (1912); and that Flash Gordon (1936) cost a quarter million dollars to produce. To preserve their legacy, he lists 753 domestic and foreign entries--interspersed with vintage movie posters--providing the "what," "when," "who" and "where" details to satisfy film buffs. Extensive name, but no subject, index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Classic Images
photos are glorious...the ultimate (noncommentary) reference book on serials out there
ARBA
an entertaining look at a memorable part of film history and will be of interest to film studies collections
Reference & User Services Quarterly
the book's visuals combined with its extensive data make it one of a kind...unique...useful and entertaining

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786447022
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Series:
Genre/Western
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

The late Buck Rainey wrote scores of articles for Western and serial fanzines and several books. He lived in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

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