The Eagle's Talons (1923)

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An unscrupulous gang attempts to corner the wheat market in this low-budget but popular serial from Universal starring future cowboy ace Fred Thomson and intrepid veteran Ann Little. Little reportedly performed a couple of hair-raising stunts such as hanging on to the wing of an ascending airplane and leaping from one speeding automobile to another. Considering that famed stunt pilot Al Wilson appeared as the villain, Little was probably in fairly good hands. Financier Gregory Markham (Herbert Fortier) has in his possession a letter incriminating a gang, who promptly kidnap Miss Markham (Little), whom they keep in a subterranean cave. Enter Jack Alden (Thomson), who not only manages to rescue the damsel in distress but also saves the world from certain starvation. A newcomer to films, the handsome Thomson was the husband of screenwriter Frances Marion and went on to become perhaps Tom Mix's closest rival before dying at the young age of 37. Thomson was doubled by Al Wilson, Jack Fowler, and Cliff Bergere in The Eagle's Talons, his only serial.