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.
Carmel Lee ( Lois Wilson ) inherits a newspaper in a small country town and leaves her home in the city to take charge of it. She soon discovers that the town is terrorized by a band of bootleggers, who abduct and later kill the local sheriff. With the aid of Professor Pell ( Raymond McKee ), who has been recently fired as school superintendent, Carmel makes a public issue of the sheriff's murder, editorializing in her paper for justice and reform. Pell and Carmel are kidnapped by the bootleggers, but Carmel escapes and alerts the police. The bootleggers are arrested, the sheriff's murder in solved, and Abner Fownes ( Edwards Davis ), a politician and one of the town's leading citizens, is uncovered as the leader of the gang.
This 1925 silent drama was based from the novel Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland, starring Lois Wilson. The survival status of Contraband (1925) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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