The Black Secret (1919)

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A young American secret service agent suspects her immediate boss of being in the employ of the enemy in this 15-chapter Pathé serial conjured up by director George B. Seitz and screenwriter Bertram Millhauser. The secret service agent, of course, was played by the company's leading star, the effervescent and seemingly indefatigable Pearl White, she of The Perils of Pauline (1914) fame. This was Pearl's ninth serial in five years and the strain was getting to her. She left Pathé and signed with producer William Fox who launched her in a series of society melodramas that, sadly, no one wanted to see. After appearing in a final American serial, Plunder (1923), White relocated to Paris, France, where she remained until her death in 1938.