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Detective Lloyd and the Short Life and Sad Death of Universal’s First Australian Leading Man

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Detective Lloyd and the Short Life and Sad Death of Universal’s First Australian Leading Man
Universal Studios saw the benefit of serials almost from their formation. With a total of 137 serials, they were the most prolific of all the Hollywood studios in this regard, from the first, Lucille Love, Girl of Mystery (1914, dir Francis Ford), to their final effort, The Mysterious Mr M (1946, dirs. Lewis D. Collins and Vernon Keays), the serial had been a valued tool in the Universal arsenal. The studio used all the typical serial topics, westerns, action, mystery, horror, suspense, science fiction, jungle, fantasy and the classic ‘girl in peril’ format. Nothing was off limits to Universal when it came to producing serials. They would use props, musical scores, and even un-used footage from their feature films, over and over. Actors became forever known for their serial roles; Buster Crabbe became typecast after appearing in both Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. But, for every Bela Lugosi, Dea…

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