Alice Guy in America – 2

Two Little Rangers
R: Alice Guy. D: Vinnie Burns, Blanche Cornwall, Magda Foy. P: Solax Film Company. USA 1912
Print: EYE
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“By 1911, Solax was making enough money for the Blachés [i.e. Alice Guy and her husband Herbert Blaché] to move into their own large house. (…) For the two years that it was successful, the Solax Company jump-started the careers of several actors and made stars out of performers such as Darwin Karr and Blanche Cornwall, who starred in a series of melodramas that critiqued the social system, such as A Man’s a Man (1912), The Roads That Lead Home (1913), The Girl in the Armchair (1913), and The Making of an American Citizen (1911) as well as action films like The Detective and His Dog (1912) and the multi-reeler The Pit and the Pendulum (1913). (…)  Guy also made numerous action films with female characters as heroes, many of them starring Vinnie Burns. Guy first cast Burns when she was an unknown teenager, then trained her to do her own stunts in actions films such as Two Little Rangers (1912), Greater Love Hath No Man (1913), and Guy’s masterpiece at Solax, the three-reeler Dick Whittington and His Cat (1913), for which the director had a real boat detonated.”
Alison McMahan
Women Film Pioneers Project

The Pit and the Pendulum (part I)
R: Alice Guy. B: Edgar A. Poe (novel). D: Darwin Karr, Fraunie Fraunholz, Blanche Cornwall, Joseph Levering. P: Solax Film Company. USA 1913

“The first adaptation of “The Pit and the Pendulum” was directed by Alice Guy-Blanché, the first woman to ever step behind the camera. Released in 1913, the film focuses on young lovers (Darwin Karr and Fraunie Fraunholz), who are framed for stealing jewels from the Church, leading them to being arrested and tortured. The Pit and the Pendulum (1913) was remarkably horrific for its day, including graphic details of live rats gnawing at Alonzo’s chest, among other tortures — presumably including a pit and a pendulum. Unfortunately, this is all secondhand from contemporary reviews, as Alice Guy’s adaptation of “The Pit and the Pendulum” is partially lost, with only the first of its three reels surviving.”
Perry Ruhland
DAILY DEAD

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