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. 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.
When he was a boy, growing up in the Bad Lands of Dakota Territory, Jimmie Gordon's parents were killed by Tex Wilson ( George Bancroft ), a brutal bandit. Jimmie swore vengeance, and, known only as The Orphan ( Tom Mix ), he has spent the subsequent years looking for Wilson. At last, hot on the trail of the Wilson gang, The Orphan prevents a holdup of the Deadwood Stage but loses Wilson. He meets one of the passengers on the stage, Helen Shields ( Doris May ), the daughter of the local sheriff, and accompanies her to town, only to discover that her father is an old friend whom he once saved from the Indians. As the men talk, Helen learns of The Orphan's tragic past, and the two are soon in love. On their wedding day, the venomous Wilson interrupts the ceremony, insults the unarmed bridegroom, and kidnaps Helen. Wilson makes his escape in the Deadwood Coach, closely followed by The Orphan. When the coach breaks down, Wilson abandons the unharmed girl and tries to escape on foot. The Orphan and Wilson fight it out on the edge of a precipice, and Wilson is thrown to his death.
This 1924 silent western was based on the novel The Orphan by Clarence E. Mulford, produced by the Fox Film Corporation, starring Tom Mix. It had some sequences that were colour-tinted and was the first western to be filmed on location in Kanab Utah, shooting began in Zion National Park. According to the book, When Hollywood Came to Town: A History of Movie Making in Utah, The Deadwood Coach is sadly a lost silent. It is also is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives. One can hold out hope a copy survives somewhere and resurfaces.
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