Helen Gibson


This film is part of our series 'Hidden Gems'. It can be watched by registered users who make a donation. For more details, please click here.


We have included this film in our program to illustrate the work and contributions of our star Helen Gibson.


"The Open Track" (1916), directed by James Davis from a story by Edward T. Matlack, is a short action film from a serial by the name of "The Hazards of Helen" starring Helen Gibson.  This is episode 63 from a total of 119 weekly one reel films produced by Kalem, showing just how popular this serial was in 1914-1917.  The first 48 films starred Helen Holmes, the remaining 71 starred Helen Gibson.  They both played heroines that were independent and adventurous, resolving dangerous situations with quick thinking.  Their acting was very physical and they performed their often very dangerous stunts.  It is believed to be the longest film series in the silent era and one of the longest ever.  Very few of the films survive, and we are happy to  be able to show this rarity to our esteemed viewers.


Helen Gibson is a railway station operator who gets caught in a federal investigation of counterfeit money.  There is a lot of action in this episode with one particularly dangerous stunt performed by Helen Gibson as she chases a runaway locomotive on motorcycle.


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Helen Gibson in The Open Track 1916 25

   Helen Gibson in a daring stunt


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Below is a short preview of the film.