Frank Lawler, a clerk for a mining company, colludes with a bandit gang about the timing of gold shipments with a mirror signal system and has designs on Doris Davis, the daughter of the local branch manager. The company's main office dispatches their top detective John Murdock, who goes undercover to expose the scheme and rescue the Doris from the unwanted advances of the dastardly Lawler. Written by
Did You Know?
Is the earliest known surviving film to feature Lon Chaney
. He had appeared in thirty other films prior to this one however those films are now considered to be lost with no known prints in existence. See more
The set used for the gold company office is obviously an outdoor set without a roof as the ledger pages on Chaney's desk can be seen blowing in the wind. Early sets were usually built without sets to take advantage of free natural lighting. See more
John Murdock, the Detective
I am going to look around and will meet the posse at the crossroads.