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14 October 2013

Olinda Mano

Olinda Mano (1911-1962) was a child actress in the French silent crime serials by Louis Feuillade.

Olinda Mano in La nouvelle mission de Judex
French postcard by Coquemer Gravures, Paris. Photo: Gaumont. Still for La nouvelle mission de Judex/The New Mission of Judex (Louis Feuillade, 1917-1918).

Gaumont


Olinda Mano was born in 1911 in Paris.

In 1917 she debuted  as a child actor at the French film company Gaumont, not as a girl but dressed as the boy Jean in Judex (1917), the 12-part crime serial by Louis Feuillade.

This fantastic adventure film recounts the exploits of, perhaps, the first caped-crusader, Judex (René Cresté).

Jean is the grandson of the evil banker Favraux (Louis Leubas) and his innocent daughter Jacqueline (Yvette Andréyor).

The popular series was followed by the sequel La nouvelle mission de Judex/The New Mission of Judex (Louis Feuillade, 1917-1918), in which Mano played again little Jean.

René Cresté & Georgette de Néry in La nouvelle mission de Judex
René Cresté and Georgette de Néry in La nouvelle mission de Judex. Coquemer Gravures. French postcard by Coquemer Gravures. Photo: Production Gaumont. Still for the sequel La nouvelle mission de Judex/The New Mission of Judex (1917-1918).

Pathé


In the late 1910s and early 1920s, Olinda Mano continued to act in Feuillade’s features and serial films, but henceforth as girl: as in Vendémiaire (1918), Barrabas (1919), Les deux gamines/The Two Girls (1921) with Sandra Milowanoff, and L’orpheline/The orphan (1921).

She also acted in films at Pathé from 1918 on, such as Henri Pouctal’s workers drama Travail/Work (1920), based on Emile Zola’s popular novel.

Olinda Mano quitted film acting in 1921. She died in 1962 in Neuilly near Paris, at the early age of 50.

Yvette Andreyor
Yvette Andréyor. French postcard in the 'Les Artistes de Judex' series by Coquemer Grav. Photo: Gaumont. Publicity still for La nouvelle mission de Judex/The New Mission of Judex (Louis Feuillade, 1917-1918) with Yvette Andreyor as Jacqueline, the mother of Jean.

Source: IMDb.

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