Speed (serial)

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Speed
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Film poster
Directed by George B. Seitz
Produced byGeorge B. Seitz
Written by Charles Hutchison
Bertram Millhauser
StarringCharles Hutchison
Lucy Fox
Release date
  • October 22, 1922 (1922-10-22)
Running time
15 episodes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Speed is a 1922 American action film serial directed by George B. Seitz. [1] The story is a typically convoluted serial plot. Speed Stansbury is heir to a large fortune. A master criminal hires someone to frame Speed for murder and bank robbery. As Speed pursues the man who can prove his innocence to South America, he himself is followed by Lucy, the woman he loves.

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of events that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, explosions, car chases, fistfights, and shootouts.

George B. Seitz American film director

George Brackett Seitz was an American playwright, screenwriter, film actor and director. He was known for his screenplays for action serials, including:

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Cast

Charles Hutchison American actor

Charles Hutchison was an American film actor, director and screenwriter. He appeared in 49 films between 1914 and 1944. He also directed 33 films between 1915 and 1938. Though he directed numerous independent silent features, he is best remembered today as Pathé's leading male serial star from 1918 to 1922. In 1923 he went to Britain and made two films Hutch Stirs 'em Up and Hurricane Hutch in Many Adventures for the Ideal Film Company. He made one last serial in 1926, Lightning Hutch, for Arrow Film Company. It was meant to be a comeback vehicle, but the production company went into bankruptcy just as it was released.

Lucy Fox American actress

Lucy Fox (1897–1970) was an American film actress active in the silent era.

John Webb Dillon was an English actor. He appeared in 89 films between 1911 and 1947. He was born in London and died in Hollywood, California, USA. He was married to Catherine Urlau.

Chapter titles

1. The Getaway 2.Nerve 3.Pious Pedro 4. The Quagmire 5.Fighting Mad 6.Panic 7.Jaws of Danger 8.Caught 9.Hit or Miss 10.Buried Alive 11.Into the Crusher 12.Trimmed 13.Risky Business 14. The Peril Rider 15.Found Guilty

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References

  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: Speed". Silent Era. Retrieved February 24, 2008.

Notes

Rainey, Buck, Serials and Series, a World Filmography, 1912-1956, 1999, McFarland & Co., Inc. Lahue, Kalton C., Continued Next Week, A History of the Moving Picture Serial, 1964, University of Oklahoma Press