Cinema: Cliffhcmger

One April day in 1917, war-conscious Manhattanites at Broadway & 42nd Street gawked at a beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed damsel clad in an American flag, nonchalantly riding a steel girder to the top of a 20-story building under construction. Flinging a bundle of recruiting circulars to the spectators, the merry lady nonchalantly descended and cried: "I've done my bit! Now do yours!"

For patriotic Pearl White, this man-sized stunt was not even a good day's work. Rough-riding heroine of The Perils of Pauline, The Exploits of Elaine, other serial thrillers of the youthful U.S. cinema industry, she had weathered a thousand terrible fates....

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