THE EXPLOITS OF ELAINE (1914)
Article #484 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-12-2002
Posting date: 12-5-2002
Elaine Dodge tries to find the murderer of her father, a villain known as The Clutching Hand (the murderer, not the father).
This is one of the earliest serials I’ve seen, though I can’t strictly say I’ve seen it; though all episodes are believed to exist, only about half are available, and I’ve seen only six of the fourteen episodes. This early serial really didn’t have cliffhangers as such; each episode is somewhat self-contained and tells a single story as well as fleshing out the overall arc; in many ways, it’s more like a TV series in its feel than a serial. It’s quite entertaining at that, with some science fiction concepts thrown into the mix.
One of the pitfalls of watching old serials, though, is that even if all the episodes exist, they may not all exist in the same language; I think that only two or three of these were in English; the rest were in a variety of different language, which left me scratching my head over more than just the identity of the villain.