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.
In a prologue, the evolution of banditry from the road agent to the modern automobile bandit is depicted. In the main story, Marian Calvert ( Lois Lee ), travelling along the California coast with her uncle and his family to a weekend party, becomes infatuated with the infamous Lincoln Highwayman when he robs them of their jewellery and leaves in his high powered auto. At the party, when late arrival Jimmy Clunder ( William Russell ) drops one of the stolen jewels, Marian's suspicions are aroused even though he explains he found it on the road. Steele ( Edward Peil Sr. ), a secret service man at the party, who is in love with Marian, vows to capture the criminal, while the Governor of California appoints Captain Claver ( Frank Brownlee ) from the Sacramento police and his assistant to catch him. When Jimmy, with the help of his very intelligent dog Spike, holds up Steele and Marian to prove Steele's incompetence, Marian, convinced that Jimmy is the thief, falls more in love with him. After Jimmy, masquerading as a paymaster of a copper mine, captures the real thieves, the policemen, he wins a reward and Marian's love.
This 1919 silent mystery/drama was based from the the play The Lincoln Highwayman by Paul Dickey, produced by the Fox Film Corporation, starring William Russell and Lois lee. The survival status of The Lincoln Highwayman (1919) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives. I hope this film survives somewhere.
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