It happens in cartoons, it happens in early movie serials, and it happens in Victorian stage plays: villain ties girl to railroad tracks in hopes of seeing her squashed to bits; hero rescues girl just in time, leaving villain to curse that he was foiled yet again. But did this ever really happen? Did someone really kill someone else by tying them onto the rails and hoping the from Chicago would do the rest? Or was it a metaphor for Industry crushing agricultural society? It really happened, Liz, but it probably happened in fiction first, and its metaphorical content is open to debate. The earliest real-life incident I could find was from , when on August 31 the New York Times reported that a Frenchman named Gardner had been robbed and tied to railroad tracks.
The music is high-tempo, the damsel is in distress , and the mustachioed villain is mugging to the camera. Yup, she's been chained to a railroad track, and the Express is running right on time. Despite popular opinion, there are hardly any silent films in which you'll see this exact scenario. And in the ones where it does happen, it's usually played for laughs, making fun of the already well-known trope from the world of theater. When this trope did appear in silent cinema, it was usually Played With in various ways, and had more variation to it than modern homages would have you believe. This familiar scenario first appeared in the short story "Captain Tom's Fright," although a more rudimentary form of it was seen on stage in in the play The Engineer.
Train driver Nurlan is heading to Baku for the last time before retirement. On its way round the neighborhoods of the city his train snags a blue bra off a washing line. To escape from his
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