Leaving the character of Elaine behind after three successful serials, Pearl White played Margery Golden in The Iron Claw, the enterprising Pathé company’s best chapterplay of 1916. Poor Margery is kidnapped as a small child by Legar, The Iron Claw of the title (played, according to surviving reviews, with relish by Sheldon Lewis), who is avenging the loss of one hand in a fight with Margery’s father (J.E. Dunn). The girl grows up among thieves and is about to embark on a life of crime herself when rescued by a mystery hero known only as the Laughing Mask. The Iron Claw doesn’t give up that easily, however, and continues to pursue poor Margery through 20 heart-palpitating chapters. Only in the final episode, “The Triumph of the Laughing Mask,” did the audience learn the identity of the mystery hero, who proved to be none other than Margery’s nice but seemingly placid boyfriend Davey (Creighton Hale).—movies.msn.com
George Brackett Seitz (January 3, 1888 – July 8, 1944) was an American playwright, screenwriter, film actor and director. He was known for his screenplays for action serials, including:The Perils of Pauline (1914) The Exploits of Elaine (1914) The Shielding Shadow (1916) The Black Secret (1919) The Iron Claw (1916) The Phantom Foe (1920) The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Seitz was born in Boston, Massachusetts, started his career as a playwright, and also wrote some fiction for “up-market” pulp magazines such as Adventure and People’s Magazine.
Seitz did much of his early work in Fort Lee, New Jersey when many other early film studios in America’s first motion picture industry were based there. He was the director of 107 films, the writer of 31 screenplays, and an actor in 7 films. He worked at Columbia Pictures and at MGM where he directed 11 of the Andy Hardy series of films of the 1930s & 1940s. He died in Hollywood, California. Although an acquaintance of the cinematographer… read more