The Sprocket Vault has unearthed the “lost” 1928 ten-chapter silent serial thriller, The Mysterious Airman, and will deliver it on DVD to film buffs and collectors on Apr. 25.
Sourced from the 35mm nitrate print (dangerous stuff to work with after all these years), The Mysterious Airman, has been lovingly restored and features a new piano score from the Library of Congress’ Dr. Andrew Simpson (an expert on silent film scores).
Directed by Harry Revier and starring Walter Miller and Eugenia Gilbert, The Mysterious Airman — featuring death-defying aerial stunts — actually beat Wings, the first Best Picture winner, to theatres by six months.
Bonus features include commentary by film historian Richard M. Roberts, the featurette titled “New York Censor Board File” and the 1928 silent short film titled Flying Cadets.