The Lightning Raider [Serial] (1919)

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In what many reviewers considered her best serial, Pearl White played the title-role of The Lightning Raider, a fearless young maiden who steals for the excitement alone and promptly replaces the loot. When a priceless block of ebony is stolen from the home of handsome Thomas Babbington North (Harry G. Sell) by someone else, Pearl readily helps him recover it. Alas, our heroes are opposed by Wu Fang (Warner Oland), a wily and deadly Asian, and it takes them 15 hair-raising chapters to get to the point where "Wu Fang Atones," which not coincidentally is also the title of the final installment. Directed by the best in the business, George B. Seitz, and written by Seitz and his frequent partner Bertram Millhouser, The Lightning Raider made a mint for the Pathé concern, who at this point was paying Pearl White an impressive $5,000 a week.