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The Social
Secretary

(1916)

 

Norma Talmadge stars as a beautiful secretary who stays one step ahead of her wolfish employers by taking a job as a social secretary to a society woman. Erich von Stroheim appears in a small role as a newspaper reporter.

coverGrapevine Video
2004 DVD edition

The Social Secretary (1916), color-toned black & white, 52 minutes, not rated,
with The Forbidden City (1918), black & white, 62 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10042-0.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, PCM 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $14.95.
Release date: 2004.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 4 / audio: 4 / additional content: 4 / overall: 4.

This budget edition has been mastered from a dark, color-toned 16mm reduction print.

The film is accompanied by a music score performed on theater organ.

Currently, this is the best home video edition of this film.

 
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This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from GRAPEVINE VIDEO.
coverAlpha Video
2012 DVD edition

The Social Secretary (1916), black & white, 48 minutes, not rated,
with ’Twas Henry’s Fault (1919), black & white, 11 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP 6696D, UPC 0-89218-66969-8.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 6 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $7.98.
Release date: 3 January 2012.
Country of origin: USA

This edition has been mastered from a fair to good Blackhawk Films 8mm reduction print. The video transfer is contrasty, with plugged-up shadows and blasted out highlights.

The film is not accompanied by any kind of music score.

Not at all recommended. Until a better edition comes along, get the Grapevine Video edition noted above.

 
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