In the early eighteenth century, pirate leader Jean Lafitte ( Monroe Salisbury ) fights another pirate and wins a beautiful girl ( Ruth Clifford ) recently captured with a treasure. Although the girl offers herself to Lafitte to save her English lover, Lafitte makes him walk the plank. The girl then delivers a curse that Lafitte and his descendants will never know the true love of woman. Two hundred years later, in the West Antilles, painter Paul Winthrop poses Joe, a pearl diver, as a pirate. Seeing the painting, each envisions the earlier situation. Later, Joe finds the buried treasure, and sails to New York, where he learns that the portrait has also attracted wealthy Lily Demorest and her suitor, Robert Spurr ( Clyde Fillmore ), a "financial pirate." Joe kidnaps Lily for Paul, who timidly loves her, but he decides to keep her himself, until Lily's cry for Paul reminds him of the curse. Joe returns Lily to Paul, and takes his contentment from thinking of their happiness.
This intriguing 1919 fantasy/drama was produced by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, starring Monroe Salisbury and Ruth Clifford. Sadly, The Millionaire Pirate may now be a lost silent film.
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