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    The Purple Domino (Universal, 1914). British One Sheet (28.75" X 41") Episode 1 -- "Playing with Fire." Grace Cunard was one of the silent era's leading serial queens, every bit as popular in her day as Pearl White, Marry Fuller, and Helen Holmes. First appearing in the movies as early as 1910, she met writer/director/actor Francis Ford in 1912, and the two formed a partnership that would last for many years. Among their more memorable efforts was this 15-episode serial, better known as Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery, the very first chapterplay released by fledgling Universal Studios, premiering just two weeks after the landmark Pearl White film, The Perils of Pauline (1914). This was practically a double-handed effort by Cunard and Ford, with both assuming writing, directing, and acting chores (although Ford is credited as sole director, it was apparently common for Cunard to work as assistant director on virtually all their productions). Enormously successful, it convinced studio head Carl Laemmle to move ahead aggressively with the serial format. We believe that this particular poster was produced for a British release of the serial, as it bears a printing legend for The Grosvenor Press Ltd. of London in the lower left corner. It also features the rarely-seen original Universal logo, which includes the name, "The Trans-Atlantic Film Co. Ltd.," which was Universal's British distributor in the early days. This important cinematic treasure is in remarkable condition, considering the fact that it is rapidly approaching the century mark. It had fold wear with tearing and chipping, and the white borders have been replaced, but after professional restoration, it looks every bit as good as it did upon its initial release. If you're a serial fan, this is an absolute "must-have!" Very Good on Linen.

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