Sources About Serials


Among the best sources for information about serials are the contemporary trade film publications such as The Moving Picture World, Motion Picture News, Motography, Billboard, Variety, Dramatic Mirror, Photoplay, and early fan magazines.



Acker, Ally. Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present. New York: Continuum, 1991.

Barbour, Alan G. Cliffhanger: A Pictorial History of the Motion Picture Serial. Introduction by Linda Stirling. New York: A & W, 1997.

—. Days of Thrills and Adventure: An Affectionate Pictorial of the Movie Serial. Introduction by William K. Everson. New York: Collier Books, 1970.

Bean, Jennifer, ed. Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars of the 1910s. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Blum, Daniel. A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1953.

Cline, William C. In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1984.

—. Serials-ly Speaking: Essays on Cliffhangers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994.

Columbia Women Pioneer Film Project. Columbia University. Online.

Dahlquist, Marina, ed. Exporting Perilous Pauline: Pearl White and the Serial Film Craze. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2013

Hansen, Miriam. Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994.

Everson, William C. American Silent Film. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Harmon, Jim, and Donald F. Glut. The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. New York: Doubleday, 1972.

Hulse, Ed. Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders: Cliffhanger Serials of the Silent-Movie Era. Morris Plains, NJ: Murania Press, 2014.

—. Partners in Peril: Walter Miller and Allene Ray, King and Queen of the Silent Serial. Morris Plains, NJ: Murania Press, 2020.

Jacobs, Lewis. The Rise of the American Film: A Critical History. New York: Teachers College Press, 1975.

Kinnard, Roy. Fifty Years of Serial Thrills. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1983.

Koszarski, Richard. An Evening’s Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture 1915-1928, History of the American Cinema Series, Vol. 3. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1990.

Lahue, Kalton C. Bound and Gagged: The Story of the Silent Serials. New York: Castle Books, 1968.

—. Continued Next Week: A History of The Moving Picture Serial. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1964.

—. Gentlemen to the Rescue: The Heroes of the Silent Screen. New York: Castle Books, 1972.

Leab, Daniel J. From Sambo to Superspade: The Black Experience in Motion Pictures. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965.

Lupack, Barbara Tepa. Richard E. Norman and Early Race Filmmaking. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.

—. Silent Serial Sensations: The Wharton Brothers and the Magic of Early Cinema. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020.

Mast, Gerald. A Short History of the Movies. New York: Macmillan, 1986.

Nesteby, James R. Black Images in American Films, 1896-1954: The Interplay Between Civil Rights and Film Culture. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1982.

Progressive Silent Film List. Compiled by Carl Bennett. Online.

Ramsaye, Terry. A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture Through 1925. New York: Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, 1986.

Rainey, Buck. Serial Film Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1912-1956. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005.

—. Serials and Series; A World Filmography, 1912-1956. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999.

—. Those Fabulous Serial Heroines: Their Lives and Films. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1990.

Schutz, Wayne. The Motion Picture Serial: An Annotated Bibliography, 1912-1956. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1992.

Singer, Ben. Melodrama and Modernity: Early Sensational Cinema and Its Contexts. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

Slide, Anthony. The American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1986.

Stamp, Shelley. Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture After the Nickelodeon. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Stedman, Raymond William. The Serials: Suspense and Drama by Installment. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971.

Swiderski, Richard M. X-Ray Vision: A Way of Looking. Irvine, CA: Universal, 2012.

Ward, Richard Lewis. When the Cock Crows: A History of the Pathé Exchange. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Press, 2016.

Weiss, Ken, and Ed Greengold. To Be Continued…: A Complete Guide to Motion Picture Serials. New York: Crown Publishing, 1972.