Having barely survived the rigors of The Exploits of Elaine (1914) and The New Exploits of Elaine (1915), Pearl White once again came up against a heinous master criminal in the third and final Elaine serial, benignly entitled The Romance of Elaine. Alas, the heroine had little time for romancing newspaper reporter Walter Jameson (Creighton Hale), what with Doctor X, alias Marcus Del Mar (Lionel Barrymore), threatening American democracy in general and master detective Craig Kennedy's designs for a new torpedo in particular. Whenever Doctor X has Elaine or Jameson in his grasp, they are inevitably saved in the nick of time by a mystery figure garbed in black. Overworked director George B. Seitz was this time aided by Louis Gasnier and Joseph A. Golden and like the previous Elaine serials, all 12 chapters were produced by Leopold and Theodore Wharton on and around the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. As for Pearl White, she was amply compensated for her arduous work, her salary having skyrocketed to 5,000 dollars a week by the end of the third Elaine serial.
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