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Cast overview:
Montague Emerson
Jess Roth
Otto Lederer ...
Bob Gill
Leon De La Mothe ...
Pete Marillo (as Leon D. Kent)
George Kunkel ...
Big Joe Roth


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4 June 1917 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Magnificent Meddler (1917) -- Lost Silent ?
11 August 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After the death of his aunt, Montague Emerson ( Antonio Moreno ) and his chum, cartoonist Bob Gill ( Otto Lederer ), use his inheritance to purchase the Sentinel , the only newspaper in the wild and woolly Western town of Horizon. Monty starts to reform the town by branding Ike Cherry , Horizon's bad man, as an undesirable citizen. Later, he favors the annexation of Horizon to the town of Lewiston, much to the displeasure of Big Joe Roth ( George Kunkel ), the town boss. Consequently, when Monty falls in love with Roth's daughter Jess ( Mary Anderson ), he is met with opposition from her father. Roth's disapproval is short-lived, however, when Pete Marillo ( Leon D. Kent ), the owner of the notorious dance hall and saloon, kidnaps Jess while Roth and his compatriots are torching the Sentinel offices. Monty rescues the girl and wins the gratitude of her father, who then promises to swing the corrupt votes for the consolidation of the two towns.

This 1917 silent comedy was produced by the The Vitagraph Company of America. The survival status of The Magnificent Meddler is now listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent.

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