estimates has inspired some 150 pictures) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (with more than 100 entries). What was the longest running film series with one actor in the same character role? Here's a hint: It was a Western. Buster Crabbe as Billy the Kid? No, only forty-two pictures. Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid? Nope, only sixty-five films. How about William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy? Again no, only sixty-six entries. The longest series is also one of the earliest series: Bronco Billy. Actor G.M. Anderson had a minor role in director Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery (1903), widely considered to be the first true narrative film. Anderson directed a few pictures on his own, then formed a production partnership with George K. Spoor, called Essanay (standing for S and A). He set up shop in Colorado in 190 / and played his Bronco Billy cowboy role (and a few others) in one-reelers, turning out one a week — for 376 consecutive weeks. That’s a lot of popcorn and movie tickets! This reference guide lists some 906 English-language (or sub-titled or dubbed) motion pictures beginning in the silent picture era which had one or more sequels. The earliest-filmed entry in the book is Willie's First Smoke (Edison, 1899); the latest are announced sequels to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Major League (likely to appear in 1990-91). Given for each series is a brief plot description including book, play or other source; individual titles, studio distributor, year, director (d) and major performers (s). Alternate titles (aka) are given where known. Other works listed in the bibliography may be consulted for full casts or plot details and critical evaluations and historical perspectives. Remakes are not included unless the original source also had filmed sequels. For example, several versions of the same Sherlock Holmes and Dracula tales are listed as there were also sequels. Ruggles of Red Gap, thrice filmed, is not listed as all were based on a single book and did not deviate appreciably from the plot. For information on remakes see particularly Nowlan and Nowlan.
Penny Singleton brought Chic Young's newspaper comic strip character BLONDIE to life on the silver screen. Her co-star was Arthur Lake as Dagwood.