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.
Upon inheriting the H. C. Ranch, young Easterner Jane Hunter ( Vivian Rich ) ventures West to take possession of her legacy. Soon after arriving, she appoints a cowboy named Hepburn ( Charles Le Moyne ) as the foreman. Ranch hand Tom Beck ( Buck Jones ) suspects that Hepburn may be in league with the band of rustlers who are victimizing the ranch, but says nothing. An attachment springs up between Tom and his boss, and when Dick Hilton ( Colin Kenny ), Jane's former suitor, follows her West and begins making unwelcome advances towards her, Tom intervenes and orders him from the house. With Hepburn's resignation as foreman, Tom takes over the job and, after a quarrel with Jane, sets out to track down the rustlers. Captured by the outlaws, Tom is left to die in a remote canyon. As Tom struggles to free himself, the gang is apprehended and brought to trial. Jane is sentencing them as the escaped Tom appears in the courtroom. Overjoyed, she rushes towards him, and in the ensuing chaos, the gang escapes. A shootout follows and Tom wins both the fight and Jane.
This 1920 silent western/drama was based from the serial story "The Last Straw" by Harold Titus, produced by the Fox Film Corporation, starring Buck Jones and Vivian Rich. The survival status of The Last Straw (1920) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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