Helen Gibson in The Broken Brake 1920 2

   Helen Gibson


Directed by                     Robert Myles
Produced by                   Capital Film Company
Scenario                          Robert Myles
Starring                          Helen Gibson, William Gettinger, Leo Maloney
Cinematography            Carl Widen?
Distributed by                Capital Film Company
Release date                    1920
Running time                  21 minutes
Country                           United States
Language                         Silent film, English intertitles

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


In 1915-1917 Helen Gibson starred in a serial by the name of "The Hazards of Helen".  She is considered the first professional stunt woman.  Very few of her films survive, so we are happy to be able to show you this rarity.


According to Larry Telles, who authored a book on the life of Helen Gibson, this short action drama is a compilation of at least two films with Helen Gibson. The beginning is from "The Broken Brake" (1920), and the ending is from "The Golden Star Bandit" (1920). It is not known if the two films survive in complete versions. So let's enjoy, within these limitations, the performance of our star Helen Gibson, including her breathtaking stunt towards the end of the film.


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Leo Maloney and Helen Gibson in The Broken Brake 1920 7

   Helen Gibson and Leo Maloney


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