- Title Pages
- Note on Spelling
Chapter 1Seeking “Old Opportunity”
Chapter 2Taking a Parallel Path
Chapter 3Bringing Essanay’s “Special Eastern” to Ithaca
Chapter 4Taming and Reframing Buffalo Bill
Chapter 5Going Independent
Chapter 6Exploiting Elaine
Chapter 7Extending Elaine
Chapter 8Establishing Roots in Renwick Park
Chapter 9Unraveling Myra’s Mysteries
Chapter 10Asking Beatrice
Chapter 11Preparing for War
Chapter 12Moving into Feature Filmmaking
Chapter 13Staring into The Eagle’s Eye
Chapter 14Leaving Ithaca
Chapter 15Heading West
Appendix 1The Mysteries of Myra
Appendix 2Beatrice Fairfax
Appendix 3The Eagle’s Eye
- Selected Bibliography
- Illustration Credits
- (p.82) Chapter 6 Exploiting Elaine
- Silent Serial Sensations
Barbara Tepa Lupack
- Cornell University Press
This chapter focuses on the serial The Exploits of Elaine (1914). The fictional Elaine Dodge, an enterprising young woman who dedicates herself to solving the mystery of her father's death at the hands of an anonymous villain, would help to shape and advance the Wharton brothers' film career. As Pathé-Hearst's The Perils of Pauline (1914) neared its conclusion, newspaper tycoon and movie producer William Randolph Hearst was determined to create a new serial that would afford his popular star Pearl White an exciting encore. That serial was The Exploits of Elaine, which was expected to be a landmark venture for Hearst. In turn, for the Whartons, the chance to be associated with Hearst's enterprise seemed an unparalleled opportunity, one that would allow them to move beyond short pictures and to make their own singular contribution to the increasingly popular serial genre.
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