Bound and Gagged (1919)

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The melodramatic serial format having already become a cliche by 1919, Pathé, the leading producer of the genre, decided to make a spoof. The result, Bound and Gagged, starred Marguerite Courtot (of The Ventures of Marguerite fame) as a much imperiled princess. The director of the serial, George B. Seitz, also functioned as Courtot's leading man and Joe Cuny doubled her in the most harrowing sequences. The serial debuted in late October 1919 but was quickly forgotten. Courtot and Seitz went on to make two additional serials together, Pirate Gold and Velvet Fingers (both 1920).