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Gertrude McCoy, Part 1
7:00 PM - 11:59 PM Museum of Modern Art
Date: March 04, 2020 to March 04, 2020
Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, New York, United States, 10019
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A lanky Southern beauty, McCoy became one of Edison's most popular stars for her portrayal of a new American archetype—the single woman fighting to make her own way in the big city—and was also a scenario writer of real talent. The President's Special is a railroad drama that features some innovative staging by director Charles Brabin; The Stenographer was the first episode in an intended series, The Girl Who Earns Her Living. McCoy herself wrote the scenario for What Should She Do?, transposing her experiences as a newcomer to New York into a thrilling tale of a failed governess who becomes an undercover agent. The gifted John H. Collins directed this three-reel feature, of which only the first two reels survive.

Program approx. 65 min.

The President's Special. 1914. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin

The Stenographer. 1914. USA. Directed by Ashley Miller

What Could She Do? [two of three reels]. 1914. USA. Directed by John H. Collins

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