The Girl Detective (1915)

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Not a continuing serial, The Girl Detective was instead a series of vaguely connected two-reel melodramas (the exact number is unknown) centered around a society girl (Ruth Roland) who obtains a special position within the police due to her unique talents for detective work. A future serial queen in her own right, the brunette Miss Roland had had enough of the grind after the seventh installment and was replaced by Cleo Ridgeley, who had played a supporting role up to that point. The Girl Detective was produced in California by the Kalem company and also featured Thomas Lingham and his wife Anna, Frank Jonasson, future B-Western villain Paul Hurst, director James W. Horne himself and Knute Olaf Rahmn, a Swedish born portrait photographer who also doubled as cameraman.