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.
An old man from the city comes to Mutton Hollow in the Ozarks to make amends for his son, an artist ( Louis Darclay ), who deserted the girl who posed for a picture which made him famous, and bore his child after he left. The old man becomes a shepherd for Old Matt Matthews ( Don Bailey ), the girl's father. The shepherd's kindly influence and teachings are appreciated by the mountain folk, who stop moonshiners from killing him. Young Matt ( George McDaniel ) loves Samantha "Sammy" Lane, ( Cathrine Curtis ) the town's belle, but she is engaged to Ollie Stewart ( George Hackathorn ), who has promised to take her to the city when he inherits his uncle's fortune. After Ollie goes there, Sammy has the shepherd teach her to be "a lady" for Ollie, but when Ollie returns, Sammy, now transformed, disapproves of the way he has changed. She sends him away and marries young Matt. Meanwhile, the shepherd finds his son dying in a cave. He had returned and found his lover dead, and stayed to be near his son, Little Pete ( C. Edward Raynor ). The shepherd persuades Old Matt to forgive his son before the son dies.
This 1919 silent adaptation of the novel The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright, produced by the Harold Bell Wright Story Picture Corporation, tragically now remains a lost film. Lovely lobby cards survive and fans hold out hope a copy survives somewhere and resurfaces.
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