Encyclopedia of American Film Serials

Encyclopedia of American Film Serials

by Geoff Mayer


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Encyclopedia of American Film Serials by Geoff Mayer

From their heyday in the 1910s to their lingering demise in the 1950s, American film serials delivered excitement in weekly installments for millions of moviegoers, despite minuscule budgets, nearly impossible shooting schedules and the disdain of critics. Early heroines like Pearl White, Helen Holmes and Ruth Roland broke gender barriers and ruled the screen. Through both world wars, such serials as Spy Smasher and Batman were vehicles for propaganda. Smash hits like Flash Gordon and The Lone Ranger demonstrated the enduring mass appeal of the genre. Providing insight into early 20th century American culture, this book analyzes four decades of productions from Pathé, Universal, Mascot and Columbia, and all 66 Republic serials.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786477623
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2017
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Geoff Mayer was, until 2015, head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University (Australia) and prior to that he was head of the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry. His teaching areas include film history and film genre.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction: The Melodramatic Imagination and the Serial 5

The Encyclopedia 25

Bibliography 303

Index 305

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