一時期（1960年代〜70年代初め）の海外でも古典映画期の女優をホラー映画に出演させるのがブームになったことがありました。ベット・デイヴィスの『何がジェーンに起こったか』（1962年）に始まりバーバラ・スタンウィック（最後の映画出演となった1964年『夜歩く者 The Night Walker』）やヴェロニカ・レイク（1970年の遺作『肉体の宴 Flesh Feast』）、エリザベス・テイラーの『夜をみつめて』 1974年）と錚々たるメンツが並んでいます。
I am really very hurt. I invited you for cocktails to meet Kiplins and you said you would let me know, but never a word ! What happened ? I am sailing next week so do call me sunday early that will be the best time to reach me. In spite of your neglect warm feelings Dagmar Godowsky
One of the old favorites of the screen to return to her first love — motion pictures — is Kathlyn Williams. Miss Williams was born in Butte, Montana, and educated at Wesleyan University and the New York School of Dramatic Art. On the stage she appeared in « When We Were Twenty One, » « Mrs. Dane’s Defence » and others. Miss Williams has appeared in many Paramount and Artcraft pictures, including « Big Timber, » « Out of the Wreck, » « The Whispering Chorus » and « We Can’t Have Everything. » One of her latest pictures is « The Prince Chap, » in which she plays opposite Thomas Meighan. Miss Williams is five feet five inches high, weighs a hundred and thirty-eight pounds and has blonde hair and grey-blue eyes.
Who’s Who on the Screen (New York: Ross Publishing Co., 1920.)
1910年代初頭ビオグラフ社で女優デビューを果たし、ゼリグ社に移って製作された「キャスリンの冒険（The Adventures of Kathlyn）」活劇シリーズで人気を得ていました。会社での序列が上がるにつれて脚本などにも携わるようになり、ゼリグ社で数本自作を監督した記録が残っています。その後はドラマへと比重を移し、パラマウント系列の映画会社を拠点に活動を続けていきました。
Leo Wharton, Pathé director, contemplates a trip to Saranac Lake Region. Wharton will take with him a large company, including Charles Arling and Gwendoline Pates, and will produce some large feature pictures with winter backgrounds. (The Motion Picture Story Magazine, 1913 March Issue)
The House of Hate (1918) paired Antonio [Moreno] with Pearl White, fresh from her tremendous, worldwide success in the serilas The Perils of Pauline, The Exploits of Elaine, and The Romance of Elaine. This new, twenty-chapter serial cast Antonio as a young scientist in love with the daughter of a munitions king. Each weekly episode followed the young lovers as they escaped the perils of « The Hooded Terror ».
Antonio went into immediately to work in fifteen episodes of yet another serial, The Iron Test (1918) , as a circus acrobat hounded by menacing « Red Mask. »
[…] In 1920, Albert Smith put Antonio through fifteen weekly episodes of more danger in the serial, The Invisible Hand. This was immediately followed by another fifteen-episode serial, The Veiled Mystery.
James R. Quirk, editor of Photoplay magazine, in his 1920 review, noted Antonio’s tremendous drawing power, declaring him « the king of serial actors, » superior to others because of his onscreen prowess as a romantic idol.
(The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era,
David W. Menefee, BearManor Media, 2007)
MYRTLE STEDMAN was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1888, and received her education in Mrs. Starret’s School of that city. She has had a wide theatrical career, and is an accomplished actress. She has had a successful stage career, having appeared in musical comedy and light opera, prior to her screen debut which was made in 1912. Her screen debut was made with the old Selig Company, and she has since appeared in the productions of almost every first class producer, her ability to portray roles of matured womanhood, wherein proper dignity, bearing, humor and art are so necessary, making her services by all producers always in demand. Mrs. Stedman is the mother of Lincoln Stedman, himself a promising young actor. Her hobby is naturally the care of her pretty Hollywood bungalow. She is 5 feet 7 inches in height, weighs 140 lbs., and has blond hair and hazel eyes.
Famous film folk; a gallery of life portraits and biographies
(New York; George H. Doran company, 1925.)
For French film producers, the German Reich was undoubtedly a most attractive market. National competition was not up to par (even as late as 1914, firms such as Messter, PAGU and Vitascope were unable to satisfy the demand from German cinemas out of their own production […].
« The French Connection: Franco-German Film Relations before World War I »,
Frank Kessler and Sabine Lenk
in A Second Life: German Cinema’s First Decades (1996)
As from about 1913 onwards anti-French feelings were being stirred up and propaganda polemics came to the fore, French firms reacted in different ways. Pathe continued to advertise with its own French-sounding name ‘Pathe Freres & Co’ and kept its own distribution. Leon Gaumont decided to have his films handled by well-known German distributors […]; he also founded the ‘Deutsche Gaumont Gesellschaft’ on September 12th, 1913.
BETTY’S fiance, a railroad detective, is called out of town on private business and leaves his handcuffs in the care of the girl telegrapher. Shortly after the detective’s departure Betty receives a message to be on the lookout for Smoke-Up Smith, a notorious thief — a full description being given. Smith appears at the station, feeling assured that he will not be recognized and engages quarters at a nearby boarding house.
Betty, fully convinced that Smith is the person described in the message, slips the handcuffs into her pocket and goes over to the boarding house, where the happy-go-lucky thief is playing “blind man’s buff » with the young boarders. This gives Betty an opportunity to slip the irons on Smith and he immediately shows his true identity by the disturbance he causes, ere he is imprisoned in the station.
Smith manages to escape and, entering a locomotive, speeds down the track and out of the yards. Betty, however, discovers the flight of the thief and hastens to another engine, prevailing upon the engineer to steam up and follow in pursuit. A thrilling chase takes place and the criminal is captured. As the locomotive returns with the prisoner, the detective steps off a train and taking charge of “Smoke-Up,’’ congratulates the young operator on her bravery.
蒸気機関車を大きく扱い、駅構内に勤める女性を主人公としたアクションドラマ、という非常にピンポイントな短編映画がハリウッドでは1911年頃から盛んに作られるようになりました。その嚆矢となったのがグリフィスの『女の叫び』（The Lonedale Operator、バイオグラフ社、1911年）で、この流れはすぐにハリウッド史上最長の連続活劇『ヘレンの冒険』（The Hazards of Helen、カレム社、1914年）へと繋がっていきます。