Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
After accidentally killing a man, Lewis Vickers ( Wallace Reid ) flees to South America to escape arrest, where he meets Robert Lee ( Wallace Reid ), the dissolute son of a wealthy New York family, who bears a remarkable resemblance to him. Upon Robert's death, Lewis decides to assume the prodigal's name and return to New York. Lee's father and ward Nellie Reid ( Ann Little ) are convinced that Lewis is their long-lost Robert, but soon the imposter finds himself plagued by the consequences of Robert's unsavoury past. The creditors and bank officials who demand the money Robert stole twelve years earlier make Lewis' life difficult, but when Lee's abandoned wife Maria ( Jane Wolff ) appears with several children and demands support, he decides to end the masquerade. Lewis reveals his true identity to Nellie, and after a fire in the Lee barn in which he proves his courage, she realizes that she loves him. Nellie breaks her engagement to James Zemmons ( Raymond Hatton ) and marries Lewis, after which the sheriff informs them that Lewis has been cleared of the murder charge.
This 1918 silent was based from the novel Less Than Kin by Alice Duer Miller, directed by Donald Crisp, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, starring Wallace Reid and Ann Little. The survival status of Less Than Kin (1918) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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