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skeptic
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I'm sure you've all seen the idea that the 'damsel in distress' in the wild west was tied to the train tracks by the nasty caped baddie. But is there any basis for this, and, (as I assume there isn't), when did it start.

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Felessan
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I always associated that motif with Victorian-era villains; I think Dave Allen used it in a few sketches as the wicked uncle or evil seducer who ties the hapless lass on the train lines.

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Don Enrico
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Of course - there's even photographic proof (SFW)!

Sorry, somebody had to, it might as well be me...

Don Enrico

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LittleDuck
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I don't think I ever truly attributed it, at least entirely, to the old west. Not when Dudley Doright was doing the saving (since they didn't generally have mounties in the wild west...that I know of anyway.

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Legion600
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0002663/

That's one of the earliest film references I've found. I Haven't found any references in literature yet though.

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