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    The Romance of Elaine (Pathé, 1915). One Sheet (27" X 41") Chapter 9 -- "The Life Chain."
    One of the earliest American serials, this was the third in a series of chapterplays about Elaine Dodge, a plucky young heroine played by iconic serial queen Pearl White. Making the films even more appealing to contemporary audiences was the inclusion of Detective Craig Kennedy (played here by Arnold Daly), a fictional detective in the mold of Sherlock Holmes, whose exploits were recounted in a series of short stories, novels, and films. A scientific detective, whose specialities were chemistry and psychoanalysis, Kennedy has been cited as one of the inspirations for several later heroes, including Doc Savage and Batman. Also featured prominently in this serial - and on this poster - was soon-to-be superstar Lionel Barrymore, whose later career would include roles in such classic films as Grand Hotel (1932), Captains Courageous (1937), and Key Largo (1948). This exceedingly rare poster has a split in the right center fold, slight paper loss in the upper right and left center, small edge tears, a tear in the left border, minor water staining in the border, light scuffing in the image area, and tape on the reverse. These are minor considerations, however, none of which detract from the extreme desirability of this exquisite poster. Fine+.

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