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Cast overview:
Silent Joe
Mary Anderson ...
Durant's Daughter, Lou
L.M. Wells ...
William Stillman
Duke R. Lee ...
Steve Durant
Harry Lonsdale ...
Vester Pegg ...
William Orlamond ...
The Shadow
Pedro León ...
Bully Drake
Bud Osborne ...
Skip Brandt
Prince ...
Prince, the Dog


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10 September 1920 (USA)  »

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Episode titles: 1. The Midnight Mystery 2. Silent Joe's Death Warrant 3. The Dreadful Scourge 4. Vengeance 5. Death Pursues 6. The Brand of Hate 7. Death Shadows 8. The Dare-Devil 9. A Livid Fate 10. The Mansion of Mystery 11. Rails of Destruction 12. The Final Hour 13. The Death Trap 14. For Murder 15. Unmasked See more »

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Vanishing Trails - Lost Silent Serial
17 January 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Very hard to locate a full comprehensive synopsis for this lost silent western serial containing fifteen episodes. Produced by the Canyon Pictures Corporation and released in September 1920, it featured many colourful characters in very harrowing situations. The basics involve the murder of William Stillman ( L.M. Wells ) and trying to locate the heir to his fortune. Silent Joe ( Franklyn Farnum ) arrives in an effort to discover the murderer and prove that he is the only true heir. The heroine Lou, played by actress Mary Anderson joins the adventures in the mountainous terrain with its "vanishing trails." Aided by The Shadow ( William Orlamond), an unbalanced scientist with his trained dog Prince, add some remarkable, death-dealing inventions and you come up with a western serial titled Vanishing Trails. Unfortunately, this serial has itself vanished and remains on the long list of lost silent films.

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