Blond Kathlyn Williams emerged a major star with this 13-chapter action serial, the first to employ cliffhanger suspense and a villain who is not defeated until the final instalment. Produced by the Selig Polyscope Corp., in cooperation with the Chicago Tribune (whose readership increased a whopping 10 percent through the tie-in), the serial detailed the experiences of Kathlyn Hare, the pretty daughter of an explorer (Lafe McKee). Kathlyn resided in a mythical India, fighting off unwanted advances from a handsome native, Umballah (Charles Clary), when not battling an endless array of ferocious jungle fauna. The serial was a major triumph for Colonel William N. Selig, who, strangely, never attempted to duplicate its success. The animals bought for The Adventures of Kathlyn became a staple in Selig productions until the company's demise in 1917, when the stock became the foundation for what is today the Los Angeles Zoo. The success of this serial had a major affect on the American film industry and quickly spawned a host of imitators, chief among them the still famous The Perils of Pauline (1914).
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