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Seven Episodes of What Happened to Mary
7:30 PM - 11:59 PM Museum of Modern Art
Date: March 05, 2020 to March 05, 2020
Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, New York, United States, 10019
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Often cited as the first American serial, Edison's What Happened to Mary consisted of 12 one-reel episodes, released monthly beginning in the summer of 1912 to coincide with the publication of a serialized story in The Ladies' World magazine. Starring the popular Mary Fuller as a foundling in search of her biological parents, the series was a sensation—inspiring fashion layouts, songs, a novelization, a board game, a Broadway play, and the 1913 sequel (now lost) Who Will Mary Marry? Six of the original 12 episodes were restored from nitrate negatives in MoMA's collection; a seventh (episode nine) was scanned from an 8mm print in the Library of Congress.

Program approx. 85 min.

A Letter to the Princess [episode 5]. 1912. USA. Directed by Ashley Miller.

A Clue to Her Parentage [episode 6]. 1912. USA. Directed by Ashley Miller.

False to Their Trust [episode 7]. 1912. USA. Directed by Ashley Miller.

A Will and a Way [episode 8]. 1912. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

The Way to the Underworld [episode 9]. 1912. USA. Directed by J. Searle Dawley. 8mm.

The High Tide of Misfortune [episode 10]. 1912. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

A Race to New York [episode 11]. 1912. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

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