Helen Holmes

1893 - 1950

The actress Helen Holmes began her film career already in 1912 and became a popular actress. Her roles were often characterized by a independent, resolute and resourceful character which led to physical emphasized appearances.

Before she beame a movie star she began as a photo model in order to support her family for the living.
when the family moved from Chicago to Death Valley because of the illness of her brother, this supported the growth of Helen Holmes to a tomboyish teenager who looked for gold and followed other little adventures.

After the death of her brother she went to New York where she made her stage debut. There she met the actress Mabel Normand who invited her to Hollywood and paved the way for Helen Holmes to become a movie star.nete.

To her first movies belong "Kings Court" (12), "Hide and Seek" (13), "A Fight to a Finish" (13), "The Smuggler" (13), "The Alibi" (13), "The Runaway Freight" (13) and "The Express Car Mystery" (13).

She met the director J.P. Mcgowan in 1914 and they got married. They shot several movies together and with "The Hazard of Helen" (14) they realised a box-office hit which made Helen Holmes a big star.
They founded together their own production company and till 1919 realised serial and feature movies successfully.
To these movies belong "A Man's Soul" (14), "Kaintucky Bill" (14), "The Identification" (14), "The Operator at Black Rock" (14), "From Peril to Peril" (14), "His Nemesis" (14), "The Girl and the Game" (15), "The Railroad Raiders" (17), "The Lost Express" (17) and "The Fatal Fortune" (19).

Her stardom diminished in the 20's and her role became smaller. In the 20's she took part in silent movies like "Ghost City" (21), "One Million in Jewels" (23), "Stormy Seas" (23), "The Sign of the Cactus" (25), "Blood and Steel" (25), "Whispering Smith" (26) and "The Open Switch" (26).

Afterwards she retired from the film business but kept active as a stage actress till 1935. Together with her second husband, the stuntman Lloyd A. Saunders, she also was an animal trainer for movies, an activity she gave up again after the death of her husband in 1946. 

Other movies with Helen Holmes:
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (13) Brought to Bay (13) The Treachery of a Scar (13) Baffled, Not Beaten (13) The Flying Switch (13) Birds of Prey (13) The Substitute Engineer (13) In Peril of His Life (13) The Smuggler's Last Deal (13) The Monogrammed Cigarette (13) A Demand for Justice (13) The Battle at Fort Laramie (13) The Hermit's Ruse (13) The Silent Warning (13)The Stolen Tapestries (13) The Foot Print Clule (13) Gild Edge Stocks (13) The Rajah's Jewels (14) Explosive "D" (14) Playing for a Fortune (14) The County Seat War (14) A Million in Jewels (14) The Delayed Special (14) The Refrigerator Car's Captive (14) Fast Freight 3205 (14) Under Desperation's Spur (14) The Stolen Rembrandt (14) The Nurse and the Counterfeiter (14) The Conductor's Courtship (14) The Flaw in the Alibi (14) A String of Pearls (14) The Express Messenger (14) The Rival Railroad's Plot (14) Near Death's Door (14) The Car of Death (14) The Oil Well Conspiracy (14) Into the Depths (14) Grouch, the Engineer (14) The Lost Mail Sack (14) The Demon of the Rails (14) The Mettle of Jerry McGuire (15) A Desperate Leap (15) When Rogues Fall Out (15) Whispering Smith (16) Judith of the Cumberlands (16) Medicine Band (16) The Diamond Runners (16) The Manager of the B & A (16) A Lass of the Lumberlands (16) The Tiger Band (20) A Crook's Romance (21) Hills of Missing Men (22) The Lone Hand (22) 40-Horse Hawkins (24) Fighting Fury (24) The Riddle Rider (24) Battling Brewster (24) Outwitted (25) Barriers of the Law (25) Duped (25) Webs of Steel (25) The Train Wreckers (25) The Fast Freight (26) Mistaken Orders (26) The Lost Express (26) Crossed Signals (26) Perils of the Rail (26) 

The Yellow Star (15) A Fight to a Finish (15) A Desperate Leap (15) When Rogues Fall Out (15) 
The Girl and the Game (15) 

The Tiger Band (20)