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    We all know that the woman tied to a railway track is a really old movie cliche, right? But how many movies have actually used it seriously? I mean, it may only have been one movie, but seems like more because of the amount of parodies. Come to think of it, it may even have started as a parody. Where on Earth did it come from?

    Another thing - what started the idea of villains having top hats and rwirly moustaches?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTurnip
    We all know that the woman tied to a railway track is a really old movie cliche, right? But how many movies have actually used it seriously? I mean, it may only have been one movie, but seems like more because of the amount of parodies. Come to think of it, it may even have started as a parody. Where on Earth did it come from?
    Ah! Now this is a subject of which I am very familiar. I know a lot about this.

    The first known instance in which a woman is tied to railroad tracks in film came from a 1914 twenty part movie serial known as The Perils of Pauline. An actress known as Pearl White played Pauline Marvin. And no, this was not a parody at all. Today, it is highly silly, but at the time in 1914, this was one of the first "cliffhanger" movie serials and were taken quite seriously.

    As for other movies, I can name several that have used this cliche. I can even name TV shows and the episode names that this device was used in if you'd like a list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley316
    I can even name TV shows and the episode names that this device was used in if you'd like a list.
    Would an episode of Disney Channel's EVEN STEVENS be on that list? I don't recall the episode title at the moment, but I could look through my tapes to find it if you'd like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael24
    Would an episode of Disney Channel's EVEN STEVENS be on that list? I don't recall the episode title at the moment, but I could look through my tapes to find it if you'd like it.
    Indeed it is! It happened to Tawny played by Margo Harshman.

    The episode is "Louis in the Middle" from season 1, episode #6 according to my list.

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    Yup, that's the one. (Technically, it was episode 5, but it was the sixth episode Disney Channel aired.)
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    at least "stay tuned" was a little different, she was tied to a hay wagon on the railroad tracks standing up.
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    And there's a Popeye short ("She Sick Sailors") where Popeye simply punches a train headed for Olive Oyl. Which he also did in one of the early B&W shorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley316
    Indeed it is! It happened to Tawny played by Margo Harshman.

    The episode is "Louis in the Middle" from season 1, episode #6 according to my list.
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