Photoplay Jan.-June 1920

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Norma Talmadge, Olive Thomas, Alice Joyce, Pearl White, Clara Kimball Young, Katherine MacDonald.
  • The March 1920 issue features a cover portrait of Alice Joyce by Rolf Armstrong and the issue’s lead story is titled “If Christ Went to the Movies.”
  • Think cinematic superheroes who perform daring feats are new? April 1920’s Pearl White was the serial queen who did her own stunts. She was so popular in 1914’s The Perils of Pauline that a whole slew of starring vehicles were built around her talents and athleticism such as The Exploits of Elaine, (1914-1915), The New Exploits of Elaine (1915), The Romance of Elaine (1915),  Pearl of the Army (1916-1917),  and other serials. She did a lot of her own feats–driving cars at breakneck speeds and swimming in rushing rivers–in these serials, until the producers realized she was just too valuable a commodity and started using stuntpeople in her place!



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