The Shielding Shadow

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The Shielding Shadow
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Directed by Louis J. Gasnier
Donald MacKenzie
Written by Randall Parrish
George B. Seitz
Starring Grace Darmond
Ralph Kellard
Distributed by Pathé Exchange
Astra Films
Release date
  • October 1, 1916 (1916-10-01)
Running time
15 episodes
Country United States
Language Silent

The Shielding Shadow is a 1916 American action film serial directed by Louis J. Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie.[1]

Plot[edit]

The 15 chapter story involves the heroine being protected by a shadow with burning eyes. There's also a cloak of invisibility, some hypnotism and a giant octopus added to the mix.

Cast[edit]

  • Grace Darmond as Leontine
  • Ralph Kellard as Jerry Carson
  • Léon Bary as Sebastian Navarro
  • Madlaine Traverse as Barbara
  • Lionel Braham as The Bouncer
  • Frankie Mann as The Cabaret Singer
  • Leslie King as One Lump Louie
  • Hallen Mostyn
  • Madeline Francine

Notes[edit]

Most of the chapters of this serial are lost with only chapters 4, 10, 11, 14 and 15 still remaining according to Treasures from the Film Archives by Ronald S. Magliozzi.

A French-American production, The Shielding Shadow was directly inspired by another silent movie serial, Judex - produced by Pathé Exchange's competitor Gaumont - whose first episode was titled The Mysterious Shadow. As Judex's release was delayed because of World War I, The Shielding Shadow was distributed in the United States before Judex. The Gaumont production, however, managed to be released in France before The Shielding Shadow (known in France as Ravengar). Both films appear to have been inspirations for the American pulp character The Shadow, who wears a costume similar to Judex's and has a power of invisibility like The Shielding Shadow's protagonist.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Shielding Shadow". Silent Era. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  2. ^ Xavier Fournier, Super-héros : une histoire française, Huginn Muninn, 2014, p. 70-73

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