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Parry, Lee. Lee Parry (1901-1977) was a silent film star in Europe in the 1920s. In 1924 Parry was the heroine of the Celebrity Pulp Lee Parry--Die Tollkühne Abenteuerin #1-35; the series was reprinted in the Netherlands in 1924 and in Poland in 1924.

Written by German authors Paul Rosenhayn (Fred Carter, Joe Jenkins, Fred Walker (II)) and Paul Hain (Hitler Youth (I), Robby Ix, Robby King, Harold Lloyd) Lee Parry--Die Tollkühne Abenteuerin portrayed Parry as a crime-fighting adventuress. The fictional Parry is not functionally different from the other heroes of the heftromane apart from her sex. She travels around the world (Montmartre, Upsala, the Rif desert, Whitechapel), fights interesting opponents (the Lady In Black, the Smiling Muslim, the Death Club), and makes good friends (the Gypsy Princess, the White Knight).

The fictional Parry appears in stories with titles like “The Invisible Guest,” “The House With No Lights,” and “The Organ Players From Holy Cross.”

* I'm including Lee Parry--Die Tollkühne Abenteuerin in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because the heftroman is a lot of fun to read. The German Celebrity Pulps' content was usually based on the films or plays or public persona of the individual celebrity or celebrities the pulps were about. Sometimes this led to weakly entertaining milquetoast stuff, as in the Lillian Gish Celebrity Pulps. Sometimes this led to your average, moderately entertaining Celebrity adventure pulp, as with the Elmo Lincoln Celebrity Pulp. But sometimes, rarely, the author(s) of a Celebrity Pulp used the Celebrity Pulp format to tell High Pulp adventure stories of good quality that just so happened to involve the Celebrity in question. That's what happened with Lee Parry; Parry's films were romances and historicals, certainly not the sort of tale that would involve, in pulp form, "the Smiling Muslim" and "the Death Club." The author(s) of Lee Parry seemingly decided to tell the High Pulp adventure stories they were in the mood to tell, and drag Lee Parry into them. The end result is undeniably entertaining, even if readers no longer get a frisson from seeing Lee Parry put through her paces in adventure stories. 

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