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Serials and series : a world filmography, 1912-1956
Rainey, Buck.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 321 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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PN1995.9.S3 R33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A reference to the 471 serials and 100 series from the United States and 136 serials and 37 series from other countries. 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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Booklist Review

Prolific film reference writer Rainey adds another title to his credit with this treatment of more than 750 movie series (unrelated episodes about the same characters) and serials (cliffhangers that were eagerly followed from week to week). About 75 percent of the films are American, with the rest from European countries. Emphasis is on melodrama and action-oriented titles; comedy and feature film series are omitted, because they are well-covered in other sources, according to the author. Entries, which are arranged alphabetically by series title, note the country (if foreign), studio, beginning date, number of chapters or episodes, number of reels per chapter, and director, screenplay, producer, and story credits. Each has a brief summary of plot and characters, followed by actor credits and episode titles (when known). Some of the more familiar titles are the silent The Perils of Pauline (think damsel in distress tied to the tracks or the mill saw!), as well as The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy, Batman, The Phantom, The Yellow Menace, and Buck Rogers. Attractive black-and-white stills, cards, and poster reproductions grace almost every spread. A bibliography and comprehensive name and title index conclude the book. Most of the information here is not found elsewhere, so this volume merits a place in any comprehensive film reference collection.