Song: The Bullpen by Dessa
Source: The Hazards of Helen (1914-17)
Made for: thirdblindmouse, Festivids 2015
"An Action Girl is a female Badass who is just as tough and kicks just as much butt as the guys do. ... Expect regular appearances in action scenes, facing dangerous foes and deadly obstacles, and expect her to win." -- TV Tropes
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Notes: Yeah, I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to vid a fandom like this (and I think thirdblindmouse *knew* that). It combines all of my favorite things: ladies kicking ass, classic cinema, and painful searches for every scrap of footage I can find. That last one may sound like sarcasm but I seriously get some kind of a masochistic kick out of source acquisition research. Although there were 119 "Hazards of Helen" episodes produced (totaling 23.8 hours) between 1914 and 1917, fewer than 25 complete episodes are known to have survived in the interceding century. Some of those episodes are locked in film archives, some belong with private collectors, and still others are behind f**king paywalls that won't f**king send me my f**king confirmation email so I can check them out. Ahem.
This vid combines footage from the following eight episodes (with links to Archive.org where available):
The Leap from the Water Tower (#9)
Escape on the Fast Freight (#13)
The Wild Engine (#26)
The Pay Train (#31)
In Danger's Path (#33)
The Wrong Train Order (#58)
The Open Track (#63)
The Governor's Special (#76)
The first five star Helen Holmes. After she moved on to other projects, her stunt double Helen Gibson took over the main role. Probably my favorite two favorites of the bunch are The Wild Engine and The Open Track (which, coincidentally, are the only two that have archive.org versions that are both complete and actually work without doing some time code repair on the file).
The song came because I was working on another Dessa vid at the time and it kind of fell into my lap. I'd be remiss if I didn't note the debt this vid owes to caramarie and her Black Widow vid "In the Bullpen". Although I specifically didn't go back and rewatch it while making this, it was in the back of my head the whole time.