Just because the Selig company had established a studio in California was no guarantee that all their films would be shot in the Great Outdoors. For example, the company's In the Serpent's Power harked back to the early days of the motion picture industry, when virtually everything was filmed indoors against painted backdrops. The "serpent" in question is a despotic ruler who uses his mighty navy for his nefarious purposes. Nothing in the film was remotely convincing: The boats and guns were all toys, and the costumes were strictly Stock Company. About the only thing real in the film was the water, and even that looked phony.
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