Zudora

Zudora
Zudora


ZUDORA
Thanhouser, 1914; Originally 20 Chapters
Retitled
THE TWENTY MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY
after Episode 9

Featuring MARGUERITE SNOW as Zudora
JAMES CRUZE as Hassam Ali

HARRY BENHAM as John Storm


Supporting Cast: Sidney Bracey, Mary Elizabeth Forbes, Frank Farrington
Directed by Howard Hansell


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(Framegrab from the actual Squadron transfer)

On the DVD:
*New digital transfers of
Episode 1: The Mystery of the Spotted Collar*
Episode 2: The Mystery of the Sleeping House *
Episode 3: The Mystery of the Dutch Cheese Maker
Episode 8: The Fatal Elopement*
aka The Hypnotic Power of Mr. Chang


And a music video of the original song “Zudora”
newly recorded and sung by Tom Baust



This mystery/occult series was a sequel to the phenomenally popular MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY and predated and inspired THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA (1916) which was in turn to inspire a number of supernatural-themed serials to follow.

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Zudora is an 18-year-old female detective who solves one mystery per episode with the assistance of a magical crystal ball. She becomes a detective after her wicked uncle, who disguises himself as an occultist/investigator called Hassim Ali, tells her she must solve twenty cases successfully before marrying young lawyer John Storm, the husband of her choice. Her uncle secretly covets her inheritance, an immensely valuable diamond mine which belonged to her father, and so pretends to be her friend but secretly plots against her.

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The 9 episodes of ZUDORA were self-contained mysteries, preceded by the 23 serial chapters of THE MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY and followed by additional chapters of THE TWENTY MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY.

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Marguerite Snow, who would later appear in the Wharton serial THE EAGLE’S EYE, and James Cruze, who had appeared together in THE MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY, were married at the time ZUDORA was filmed.

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Also on the DVD: BONUS CHAPTER
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THE VENTURES OF MARGUERITE

Kalem 1915
16 Episodes / Mystery Melodrama Series

Starring MARGUERITE COURTOT

Supporting Cast: Richard Purdon, E. T. Roseman, Bradley Parker

Directed by: Robert Ellis, John Macklin, Hamilton Smith

On the DVD is the only episode of the serial known to exist:

Episode 4: The Veiled Priestess

In which an Arab Shiekh attempts to lure a young American heiress into marriage and becoming part of his harem. Which is apparently the only thing that was ever on an Arab Shiekh’s mind in 1915. At least in movie-land. Marguerite and her boyfriend fight vigorously to stop the Shiek’s plot in this early serial/series episode.

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The new upgraded digital transfer of this title is now complete and is being restored.
Please preorder ZUDORA now to help us fund this presentation.
The DVD is complete and began shipping in September 2016

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1-DVD Set, Black and white with color tones
& Reconstructed missing sections
New musical score & sound effects

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