Bob Wiley, a veteran and a patriot, discovers gold on his New Mexico ranch. He mines it secretly, hoping to build up a fortune for his son Bobby. But his secret is found out, and corrupt ... See full summary »

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Bob Wiley, a veteran and a patriot, discovers gold on his New Mexico ranch. He mines it secretly, hoping to build up a fortune for his son Bobby. But his secret is found out, and corrupt government officials swindle him out of his land and kill his son in the process. Wiley renounces his country and joins with a the bandit Pancho Zapilla, who plans a raid on Wiley's hometown. Wiley sees the error of his decision, but is there still time to stop the destruction of the town? Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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3 September 1916 (USA)  »

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Guldgraveren fra Texas  »

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The Patriot (1916) - Lost Silent ?
21 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Widowed Spanish-American War veteran, Bob Wiley ( William S. Hart ), finally strikes it rich while mining for gold, but an unscrupulous government agent takes the claim away from him. Then Bob leaves his young son, Little Bobs ( Georgie Stone ), in charge of things, and goes to Washington to fight for his land. When he returns, having had no success, he discovers that Little Bobs has died of fever, and so Bob, suddenly hardened, vows vengeance on a government that has robbed him of his gold, and, at least indirectly, has caused his son's death. Bob joins a gang of Mexican guerillas and makes plans for a raid on a border town. When the gang reaches the town, however, Bob sees Billy Allen ( Francis Carpenter ), a young orphan who resembles Little Bobs, and quickly comes to his senses. He helps the townspeople fight off the guerillas, and afterward adopts the boy who reminds him so strongly of his dead son.

This 1916 silent western/drama was produced by the Triangle Film Corporation, directed by and starring William S. Hart. The survival status of The Patriot is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.


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