Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Gloria Swanson and Teddy in Teddy at the Throttle, 1917 US
Most people believe that the famous scene with the girl tied to the railroad tracks was from the 1914 serial The Perils of Pauline, starring Pearl White, probably because it was featured in the 1947 film of the same name. However, the scene actually originated in Teddy at the Throttle, a 1917 Keystone short starring Gloria Swanson and Wallace Beery. Swanson was, of course, the girl tied to the tracks. And like all Keystone movies, Teddy was a comedy.
The swimsuit Gloria Swanson wears in this picture is tighter and shorter than what the average woman was wearing to the beach. Hollywood heroines were notorious for wearing all things sexy. This hasn’t changed at all.