Starring Grace Darling and Harry Fox with Olive Thomas
The complete 15-Episode series (including an audio re-creation of the lost Episode 1)
Produced by Theodore and Leopold Wharton Historical Consultant Terry Harbin Restored by Eric Stedman Filmed in Ithaca, New York in 1916
An absolutely amazing find--a lost silent serial from 1916 now viewable for the first time in over 90 years! And transferred in sparkling, sometimes pristine quality, from the Marion Davies Collection's original nitrate film negative! A delightful girl-reporter series directed by the Wharton brothers, who filmed THE EXPLOITS OF ELAINE, featuring Grace Darling as the "advice to the lovelorn" columnist turned crimefighter and Harry Fox as her comical and clever assistant Jimmy. Includes all the restored and newly scored episodes described on this page (about 7 hours of content) plus a mini-documentary about the real-life Beatrice Fairfax and her column as well as the fictional character’s history on Disk 1.
Filmed primarily in Ithaca, New York by the Wharton brothers, who also lensed the serials The Exploits of Elaine and The Mysteries of Myra. Includes fourteen 25-minute episodes from the long-lost 1916 series with a new original music score. 13 are complete and one (Ep. 3) is almost-complete, the last 1 minute has been reconstructed (Episode 1, which originally included a cameo by William Randolph Hearst himself, is not known to exist, but a re-creation of it by "Beatrice" herself, from an existing plot summary, is included here). Beatrice, the original advice-to-the-lovelorn reporter and her friend and not-so-secret admirer Jimmy Barton investigate calls for help and escape exotic perils and dangers. Episodes include exciting and fun stories of baby-napping, blackmail, jewel thievery, disguise, counterfeiting, and the long-unseen episode featuring entrancing cult starlet Olive Thomas and the real New York Yankees and Giants playing a game in the Polo Grounds. All unseen for over 90 years and beautifully restored! Olive is onscreen for almost her entire episode -- this DVD is a must for her fans. A vast amount of work was put into this series and we are sure you will enjoy it. Don’t miss Warner Oland’s cameo in one episode as a police commissioner!
“I have over 5000 DVDs in my collection and BEATRICE FAIRFAX is my favorite!” -- Customer Bill W.
The image quality here is amazing, with excellent midtones, looking very much as it did when first released. This is a wonderful thing for a film that is now 96 years old. Reassembled and tinted according to the original instructions (according to notes written on the negative itself!) and with a re-created missing chapter, new musical scores by Eric Stedman, and a new recording of "Beatrice Fairfax, Tell Me What to Do" By Laura Bowman.
DVD Contents: Beatrice Fairfax written by Raymond William Stedman, a custom-made 9 minute mini-documentary tracing Beatrice's history from newspaper feature to the screen, radio, comics and the stage, narrated by Joel Talmadge.
Episode 1: The Missing Watchman Beatrice and Jimmy fight bank robbers and attempt to clear an innocent bank guard's name. A re-creation of the lost episode, narrated by Kate Huston with piano accompaniment by Eric Stedman.
Episode 2: The Adventure of the Jealous Wife featuring Elsie Baker "My husband received a letter then went out tonight and took our savings. Could he have another wife?" -- Marie Bocetti Jimmy adopts a disguise to infiltrate the dangerous Black Hand syndicate, currently blackmailing a famous violinist and threatening New York with homemade bombs. Episode 3: Billy's Romance featuring Little John Sullivan and Dick Stewart "I am 14 and learning telegraphy and in love with a girl 12. When can I propose?" -- Billy Dean Schuyler The romantic dreams of a 14 year old telegraph boy and the revenge of an escaped convict intersect.
Episode 4: The Stone God featuring Nigel Barrie, Mike Rale and Betty Howe "My father has quarreled with my fiancé. Should we elope?" -- Dorothy McRay This story concerns a forbidden marriage, a murderous revenge plot by an Indian prince, and an English explorer dared to defiled a temple and steal a sacred idol. Episode 5: Mimosa San featuring Yumiko Nagahara, Frank Honda and Elsie Baker "My lover follows another." -- Mimosa San Beatrice and Jimmy visit the Nipponese Tea Garden and investigate the theft of the formula for a secret weapon by foreign spies.
Episode 6: The Forbidden Room featuring Betty Howe, George Connor and Dick Bennard “I am to be married today. My fiancee did not come to the church.” -- John Miles As counterfeit bills appear all around town, a kitten discovers a hidden door which a hired girl realizes holds a dreadful secret.
Episode 7: A Name for a Baby featuring Allan Murnane “I must have a name for my baby. Will you help me? His father, a well-known layer, is going to marry a girl who doesn’t know.” -- Madge Minturn In a plotline daring for its time, an unwed mother tries to convince the wealthy father of her baby to do right by it. The rich cad, who will go to any length to prevent dishonor, has other plans for the infant. Drama and violence ensue as Jimmy relentlessly pursues and dukes it out with an unsavory baby-napper and rich Waldo is brought to the altar! Interestingly, Mary Cranston, who plays the baby’s mother in this episode, was not an actress and won her role in a contest!
Episode 8: At the Ainsley Ball featuring Mae Hopkins “Is there any way an honest man can prevent his girl from falling in love with a fascinating foreigner?” -- Robert Wells Jimmy and Beatrice dress up and attend a costume ball at a mansion to try and catch jewel thieves and end up in a crazy car chase.
Episode 9: Outside the Law featuring Mae Hopkins “You have helped so many women. Can you find time to come to one who is truly desperate?” -- Madeline Grey An unscrupulous tabloid publisher acquires a woman’s romantic letters and tries to blackmail her for sexual favors. Beatrice sneaks into the nasty old walrus’s flat to try and recover them but finds herself trapped in his closet when he and his armed bodyguard return home.
Episode 10: Play Ball featuring Olive Thomas and Nigel Barrie “Your ball-playing lover has another girl. If you doubt it, watch at the Hilton Inn tomorrow morning at nine o’clock.” -- A Friend Crooks intending to fix the game by kidnapping Olive's pitcher boyfriend try to convince her he's seeing another woman -- and when Olive goes to investigate, she ends up in big trouble as well. Shot at the original Polo Grounds baseball field in New York, only a few years after it opened. Can Beatrice and Jimmy rescue the pair in time to see the big game won?
Episode 11: The Wages of Sin featuring Betty Howe and Nigel Barrie "I am betwixt love and duty. Please come and tell me what to do." -- Jane Hamlin A deceptive boyfriend decides to team up with a thief to rob an inventor’s daughter of her father’s secrets -- by posing as the old man’s ghost!
Episode 12: Curiosity featuring George Connor and Dick Stewart "I have just learned that my husband is a convict. I still love him. What should I do?" -- Gladys Hanson A young wife suspects her husband of crooked dealings and finds he is in league with a gang of crooks mysteriously transporting coffins from wagon to wagon in the woods. Beatrice and Jiimmy try to infiltrate the gang, Jimmy in disguise as an old washerwoman.
Episode 13: The Ringer "I am the stout lady of a traveling show. My fiance, the dwarf, disappeared four days ago. Yesterday he returned but would give me no explanation. Please write me c/o The Fair Grounds." -- Cutie Brown Jimmy investigates a report of a drugged race horse while Beatrice follows up on a letter from the “stout lady” of a circus and her missing midget boyfriend and everything comes together at the local fairgrounds and (rigged?) horse race. Episode 14: The Hidden Menace featuring Betty Howe "Shall I give up my fiance because I may go insane like mother?" -- Alice Masters The guardian of an heiress tries to drive her insane and employs hallucinatory skullduggery and murder to do so. Jimmy tries to solve the locked room mystery while Beatrice follows up on the poor girl’s story and it all finishes up with a genuine and suspenseful Scooby-Doo ending!
Episode 15: Wristwatches featuring Evelyn Farris and Wellington Playter "Last night he kissed me. Today he is gone without a word. What should I do?" -- Dorothy Dane Beatrice and Jimmy investigate reports of smuggling by the sea and get more than they bargain for when they investigate a secret passageway at the bottom of a mysterious well. 2-DVD set, 14 full episodes + extras, Original color tints, all-new musical scores "I received my copy of the BEATRICE FAIRFAX DVD last week and watched it all. I loved it, loved it, loved it!!! Silent films have now become my favorite form of entertainment! In them, people are generally more courteous to each other, there's no swearing, you get to hear wonderful music accompaniments and look at the old cars and styles! Wow! The way the ending was reconstructed at the end of Billy's Romance was brilliant! I appreciate the love and care that has been put into restoring this special art form." -- customer Maria Davis, Illinois