Tremble-at-Evil Tidd ( Leon Errol ), a henpecked Boston tailor of the 1750's, is ridiculed by his neighbours for his timidity. He dreams of being a pirate on the Spanish Main, one night, he dresses up as a pirate, scaring his wife Betsy ( Dorothy Gish ) and alarming the neighbours. Tidd hides out in a rowboat where he is mistaken by buccaneers for Dixie Bull ( Walter Law ), a notorious pirate. Tidd takes command of the pirate vessel, where he finds Scute ( Tully Marshall ) and other neighbours who have joined the crew to seek their fortune; because of his disguise, however, they do not recognize him. He defeats a British frigate, and for the first time in his life he asserts himself and has the captured women turned over to him. In an attack on a small town, Tidd captures the real Dixie Bull and becomes a hero in the eyes of his wife and all Boston.
This 1925 silent comedy was based on the novel Clothes Make the Pirate by Holman Francis Day, directed by Maurice Tourneur, starring Leon Errol and Dorothy Gish. Reviews at the time were mixed with one reviewer stating that children would like it. Tragically, Clothes Make the Pirate now remains a lost silent film.
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