Mephisto (1931)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 164 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Starring Henri Navarre (who also co-directed with Henri Debain), this French chapterplay released in 1931 was the country's first -- and last -- sound serial. Navarre, who had skyrocketed to fame in the groundbreaking serial Fantômas (1914), played Professor Bergman, a clever armchair detective. The serial also featured one of France's great stars, Jean Gabin, in only his second film role, France Dhelia, Alexandre Mihalesco (as Nostradamus), and, of all people, rubber-limbed American vaudeville comic Gil Lamb in what was perhaps his screen debut.