The Red Ace

The Red Ace is a 1917 American adventure film serial directed by Jacques Jaccard. An incomplete print which is missing four chapters survives in the film archive of the Library of Congress.[1]

The Red Ace
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Directed byJacques Jaccard
Written byJacques Jaccard
StarringMarie Walcamp
Lawrence Peyton
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release date
  • October 22, 1917 (1917-10-22)
Running time
16 episodes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Cast

  • Marie Walcamp as Virginia Dixon
  • Lawrence Peyton as Sergeant Sidney Winthrop (as Larry Peyton)
  • L. M. Wells as Pierre Fouchard
  • Bobby Mack as Patrick Kelly, Messenger
  • Charles Brinley as Steele Heffern
  • Harry Archer as Dr. Hertzman
  • Noble Johnson as Little Bear
  • Yvette Mitchell as Red Fawn
  • Nellie Allen as Bertha Schriver
  • Miriam Shelby as Kate

Chapter titles

  1. Silent Terror
  2. Lure of the Unattainable
  3. A Leap for Liberty
  4. The Undercurrent
  5. In Mid-Air
  6. Fighting Blood
  7. The Lion's Claws
  8. Lair of the Beast
  9. A Voice from the Dead; or, Voice from the Past
  10. Hearts of Steel
  11. The Burning Span
  12. Overboard
  13. New Enemies
  14. The Fugitives
  15. Hell's Riders

Reception

Like many American films of the time, The Red Ace was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required, in Chapter 1, an attack by an ape-man be flashed and one on a chauffeur be cut; in Chapter 2, to flash an attack on a man; in Chapter 3, cut three scenes that showed a painting of a semi-nude woman and to flash a scene where the men in the foreground have a drink;[2] in Chapter 4, cut a scene of a man at a bar shooting another man;[3] in Chapter 6, cut the slugging of an Indian on the head with a rifle;[4] in Chapter 7, cut two fight scenes, three struggle scenes of girl on stairs, all closeups of man with rope around neck, seven views of pulling of rope, view of man's body swinging in air, and the shooting of an Indian;[5] in Chapter 11, the holdup and binding of the couple and two scenes of placing dynamite on the bridge;[4] in Chapter 12, a closeup of the choking of a man;[6] in Chapter 15, slugging a soldier and two scenes of men falling from horse;[7] in Chapter 16, the last two scenes of dragging the young woman, man falling over after being shot, man falling over rock, two scenes of man laying on rock after being shot, man falling after shooting, and flash all scenes of gila monster.[8]

See also

References

  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Red Ace". silentera.com. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  2. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York: Exhibitors Herald Company. 5 (10): 33. September 1, 1917. (cuts in Chapters 1, 2, and 3)
  3. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (13): 33. September 22, 1917. (cuts in Chapter 4)
  4. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (25): 31. December 15, 1917. (cuts in Chapters 6 and 11)
  5. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 5 (21): 33. November 17, 1917. (cuts in Chapter 7)
  6. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (1): 31. December 29, 1917. (cuts in Chapter 12)
  7. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (2): 31. January 5, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 15)
  8. "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (3): 31. January 12, 1918. (cuts in Chapter 16)
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