Portrait of a Brave Correspondent

Il supplizio dei leoni (USA: A Mexican Mine Fraud; or, The Game That Failed)
R: Eugenio Perego, Luigi Mele. D: Egidio Candiani, Alberto Capozzi, Annibale Durelli, Giuseppe Majone Diaz, Luigi Mele. P: Pasquali e C. It 1914
Ital. titles

“The reporter was always a natural candidate for exotic adventure yarns. So, sending the reporter to war as a correspondent, especially with World War One just around the corner, made perfect sense to filmmakers who were always looking for an untarnished hero. As early as 1898, a very short film shows about a dozen war correspondents from different New York newspapers rushing to a cable office to file their stories (War Correspondents, 1898, see below). Often a war correspondent was thrown into a film as a minor character without explanation since the silent film audiences were well acquainted with what war correspondents did. (…)
War correspondents were among the most heroic of all the journalists. In Every Inch a King (1914), Walton, an American war correspondent, rescues a woman held captive by an evil queen and summons U.S. marines to stop a fight between two kingdoms. In A Christian Slave (1912), a young newspaper war correspondent is captured, receives a sheik’s hospitality, falls in love with a Christian slave, escapes, and brings back Italian troops to rescue her. In A Mexican Mine ; or The Game That Failed (1914), war correspondent George Ferguson of the Daily Truth, falls in love with the daughter of a banker who has been selling stock in a Mexican goldmine scheme. His editor informs him of the banker’s fraudulent stock scheme and tells him to hurry to Mexico to make a thorough investigation. After a series of daring adventures ― escaping from a cage of 10 lions and a raging fire ―Ferguson makes a miraculous escape and writes an article denouncing the fraudulent gold mine proposition in glowing headlines.”
Joe Saltzman with Liz Mitchell: The Image of the Journalist in Silent Film, 1890 to 1929: Part One 1890 to 1919. University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA, p. 72-73

War Correspondents
K: William ‘Daddy’ Paley. D: Karl C. Decker. P: Edison Manufacturing Company. USA 1898
Print: Library of Congress (Paper Print Collection)

“Shows a phase of the war excitement* as it affects newspaper men at Key West, Florida. About a dozen war correspondents of the different New York papers are running up the street in a bunch to the cable office to get copy of cablegrams to be in turn transmitted to their different papers. They rush directly toward the audience, turn a corner in the immediate foreground and disappear down a side street. A good-natured struggle occurs here, to see who will make the turn first. Curious natives watch the unusual scene. A horse and carriage follow at a seemingly slow pace, showing by comparison what a rapid head-on foot race has been witnessed.”
Edison Catalog

*Spanish-American War (1898). Appearing: Karl C. Decker, correspondent for the New York Journal (in the carriage).

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