The Eagle's Eye (1918)

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Written by a former chief of the Secret Service, this wartime serial produced by the Wharton brothers, Theodore and Leopold, was declared the perfect propaganda piece by no less than George Creel, the chairman of the Committee on Public Information. Unfortunately for the Whartons -- but happily for the country at large -- Armistice turned audiences away in droves from espionage melodramas in general and a 20-chapter liability like The Eagle's Eye in particular. Along with proving a box-office bust, the chapterplay also spelled the end to the starring career of early matinée idol King Baggot, who acted the lead role of Harrison Grant, the president of the Criminology Club and the chief opponent to such sinister Axis spies as Count Von Bernstorff (Bertram Marburgh), Franz Von Papen (Paul Everton), and Dr. Heinrich Albert (Fred Jones). Marguerite Snow played Dixie Mason, a female Secret Service agent with a penchant for getting in over her head, and the serial was co-directed by actors George A. Lessey and Wellington Playter.