Sequel to the Diamond from the Sky (1916)

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This self-explanatory serial from the American Company in Santa Barbara proved an unmitigated fiasco. The original 1915 chapterplay had been released to great success in the wake of the sensational The Perils of Pauline (1914), and with 30 produced chapters, it became the longest in history. In the sequel, Esther Stanley (Rhea Mitchell, taking over from Lottie Pickford) and Arthur Stanley II (William Russell, replacing Irving Cummings) are accidentally killed in a train wreck, leaving their orphaned boy the heir to the diamond, which is promptly stolen. Charlotte Burton once again plays the femme fatale, with Orral Humphreys as Marmaduke and William Tedmarsh as Quabba the Hunchback also returning. Alas, only four episodes were actually filmed before the serial was laid to rest. Happily, an eight-reel feature version was salvaged from the wreckage and released December 23, 1916.