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Exporting Perilous PaulinePearl White and the Serial Film Craze$
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Marina Dahlquist

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037689

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037689.001.0001

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“The Best-Known Woman in the World”

“The Best-Known Woman in the World”

Pearl White and the American Serial Film in Sweden

(p.46) Chapter 2 “The Best-Known Woman in the World”
Exporting Perilous Pauline

Marina Dahlquist

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the fate of Pearl White's serials on the Swedish market during the early 1900s. More specifically, it analyzes the impact of censorship on White's films, and American serial films in general, in Sweden. Aside from censorship imposing stringent regulations on crime serials, traditional forms of marketing diluted the impact of the format and upset the chronology for the episodes, undercutting the popularity of the serial queens. Despite all the hype concerning her international following, White was never perceived as a truly big star in Sweden, mainly because only a selected few of her films actually made it to Swedish audiences. Out of her eleven serial films, only The Perils of Pauline and the three Exploits of Elaine serials were screened in Sweden. Furthermore, none of the Swedish copies have survived. The chapter also discusses Pathé Frère's impact on the Swedish film industry.

Keywords:   censorship, Pearl White, American serial films, Sweden, crime serials, marketing, The Perils of Pauline, Pathé Frère, Swedish film industry, serial queens

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