Our Mutual Girl

Our Mutual Girl is a 1914 American film serial shown in weekly installments, starring Norma Phillips. It was created by Mutual Film to be an alternative to "stunt-driven, wild-animal wrestling" serials such as The Perils of Pauline.[1]

Our Mutual Girl
Directed byJohn W. Noble
Oscar Eagle
Lawrence B. McGill
Walter Stanhope
Written byIrvin S. Cobb
Carolyn Wells
Arthur James
StarringNorma Phillips
Production
company
Reliance Motion Picture Company
Distributed byMutual Film
Release date
January 19, 1914 (first installment)

Our Mutual Girl ran for 52 weekly installments. Most installments featured cameos by notable figures from the worlds of politics, sports, entertainment, business, and art. The serial was "provided free to exhibitors as the figurehead for the Mutual program of one-reel, two-reel and serial films, forming a trademark for the exchange as a whole."[2] It is an example of early national advertising that was specifically targeted to women consumers.

Plot

Margaret, known as "our Mutual girl," travels from the country to New York City to stay with her wealthy aunt. Over the course of the serial, she is transformed into a "society belle," introduced to notable society figures, and taught how to dress and act to fit into her aunt's world.[3]

Cast

  • Norma Phillips as Margaret, our Mutual girl[4]
  • J. W. Johnston as Jack Stuyvescent
  • Grace Fisher as Aunt Abbie
  • Mayme Kelso as Mrs. James Knickerbocker
  • Madge Tyrone as Travers’ sister
  • Evelyn Dumo as Margaret’s maid
  • Jessie Lewis as Lewis, Mrs. Knickerbocker's maid
  • James Alling as Mrs. Knickerbocker's butler
  • Edward Brennan as Howard Dunbar

Notable cameo appearances

References

  1. Mahar, Karen Ward (2006-10-10). Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood. JHU Press. p. 108. ISBN 9780801884368.
  2. Luckett, M. "Advertising and femininity: the case of Our Mutual Girl". Screen. 40 (4): 363–383. ISSN 0036-9543.
  3. Motography (Jul-Dec 1913). MBRS Library of Congress. Electricity Magazine Corp. July 1913. p. 406.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". www.silentera.com. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  5. "Our Mutual Girl - The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia". www.arthur-conan-doyle.com. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
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