Lightning Bryce

Lightning Bryce is a 1919-1920 American Western film serial directed by Paul Hurst and starring Ann Little and Jack Hoxie (his first starring role). 15 episodes were produced; all episodes survive today and are in the public domain.

Lightning Bryce
Poster advertising episode four, "The Noose"
Directed byPaul Hurst
Written byJoe Brandt
Harvey Gates
StarringAnn Little
Jack Hoxie
Production
company
Distributed byArrow Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 15, 1919 (1919-10-15)
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  • January 21, 1920 (1920-01-21)
Running time
320 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent

Cast

Uncredited

  • Yakima Canutt as the Deputy (episode 15)
  • George Champion as a henchman
  • Ben Corbett as a henchman
  • Edna Holland as Daisy Bliss
  • George Hunter as a henchman
  • Noble Johnson as Dopey Sam's henchman / Arnold's butler
  • Slim Lucas as a henchman
  • Augustina López as Mother Lopez
  • Walter Patterson as a henchman

Episode list

  1. "The Scarlet Moon" - October 15, 1919
  2. "Wolf Nights" - October 22, 1919
  3. "Perilous Trails" - October 29, 1919
  4. "The Noose" - November 5, 1919
  5. "The Dragon's Den" - November 12, 1919
  6. "Robes of Destruction" - November 19, 1919
  7. "Bared Fangs" - November 26, 1919
  8. "The Yawning Abyss" - December 3, 1919
  9. "The Voice of Conscience" - December 10, 1919
  10. "Poison Waters" - December 17, 1919
  11. "Walls of Flame" - December 24, 1919
  12. "A Voice from the Dead" - December 31, 1919
  13. "Battling Barriers" - January 7, 1920
  14. "Smothering Tides" - January 14, 1920
  15. "The End of the Trail" - January 21, 1920

Reception

A reviewer for Motion Picture News noted the outdoor shots, writing that "a wide variety of scenery is used as a background, much of it being really beautiful." They continued, "Suspense is nicely maintained at the close of each episode and there are plenty of stunts pulled which are noteworthy. In these Hoxie is not alone, being ably assisted by Miss Little."[2] A critic for Exhibitors Herald wrote, "This serial has received more favorable comments than any serial that has been run for some time. Children will like it."[3]

References

  1. "Lightning Bryce (1919)". Grapevine Video. grapevinevideo.com. 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  2. "Special Service Section on Hoxie and Little in "Lightning Bryce"". Motion Picture News. New York: Motion Picture News, Inc. November 22, 1919. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  3. "What the Picture Did for Me". Exhibitors Herald. Chicago: Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations. October 2, 1920. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
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