While researching my lost film book (an expansion of my Rue Morgue feature), I have to spend a lot of time scanning through old silent film magazines. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of research, as there’s something fascinating on nearly every page.
Yesterday I was pleased to come across an ad for The Iron Man, a 1914 film by the French Gaumont company.
|The Iron Man, a silent serial listed in Motion Picture World, Volume 21, July-Sept. 1914.|
While the storyline bears little resemblance to the Iron Man we know, obviously, the film does involve the disappearance of a wealthy young man, though he’s known as Phillip Travers rather than Tony Stark.
It’s also fun to note that the serial had three parts. Were the film-goers of 1914 dying for the release of Iron Man 4?
A fun bit of ephemera from Motion Picture World.