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  Frame enlargement: courtesy The Serial Squadron.
The Masked Rider
Also known as {The Masked Raider}
(1919) American
B&W : Serial / [?] 28 or 30? reels
Directed by Aubrey M. Kennedy

Cast: Harry C. Myers [Harry Burrel], Ruth Stonehouse [Ruth Chadwick], Paul Panzer [Pancho], Edna Holland [Juanita, his daughter], Marie Treador [Ma Chadwick], Blanche Gillespie [Blanche Burrel, Harry’s sister], Robert Taber [Santas, Pancho’s lieutenant], Jack Chapman [Captain Jack Hathaway], Boris Karloff [threatening Mexican in saloon (episode 2)], George Murdock, George Cravy

William Steiner Productions production; distributed on State Rights basis by Arrow Film Corporation. / Produced by William Steiner. Executive producer, Patrick Sylvester McGeeney. Scenario by Aubrey M. Kennedy. Grip, Thomas McGeeney. Gaffer, Jack Mcgeeney. Cinematography by Jacob A. Badaracco and Arthur Boeger. / 15 episodes (two reels each): [1] “The Hole in the Wall,” released May 1919; [2] “In the Hands of Pancho”; [3] “The Capture of Juanita”; [4]] “The Kiss of Hate”; [5] “The Death Trap”; [6] “Pancho Plans Revenge”; [7] “The Fight on the Dam”; [8] “The Conspirators Foiled”; [9] “The Exchange of Prisoners”; [10] “Harry’s Perilous Leap”; [11] “To the Rescue”; [12] “The Impostor”; [13] “Coals of Fire”; [14] “In the Desert’s Grip”; [15] “Retribution”. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. Color-toned. / The production was shot at Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Castroville and Bandera, Texas, and Coahuíla, Mexico. Karloff’s earliest surviving film appearance. The Serial Squadron purchased a surviving color-toned 35mm nitrate print from the estate of a former Philadelphia projectionist in September 2003; they list the total number of released reels as 28 (not 30).

Drama: Western.

Survival status: Print exists in the film holdings of The Serial Squadron [incomplete 35mm nitrate color-toned positive (missing episode 1, which remains presumed lost, the conclusion of episode 3, and the majority of episode 11; episodes 3, 10, and 13-15 are missing a reel)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Mexicans - Mexico - Serials

Listing updated: 17 March 2012.

References: Lahue-Continued pp. 196, 286; Nollen-Karloff p. 349 : ClasIm-226 p. 43 : Website-IMDb; Website-SerSq.

Home video: DVD.

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