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.
Chief Brave Bear ( Bernard Siegel ) and his people gather at the Navajo reservation to confront a problem: a group of men, headed by Will Newton ( Wallace MacDonald ), seeks to force them off their desert lands. Perkins ( Ford Sterling ) and Hi-Lo ( Heinie Conklin ) meet the exploring party of Elias Manton ( George Irving ) and his daughter, Mary ( Marietta Millner ); posing as desert rats, they are hired as guides. They encounter John Curry ( Warner Baxter ), a friend of the Indians whose cordiality arouses their suspicion; Newton tries, unsuccessfully, to dissuade them from continuing their work in the desert and casts aspersions on Curry. Manton is kidnapped by Newton's men, but Curry rescues him after a search. Newton starts for the oil claims, while the Navajo prepare to defend their sacred altars. Curry tries unsuccessfully to placate the Indians and is shot by Newton, who fails to listen to reason. United States Cavalry arrive and place Newton's men under arrest, and Mary realizes the worth of her protector.
This 1927 silent western was based from the novel Captives of the Desert by Zane Grey, produced by the Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation, starring Warner Baxter, Marietta Millner, Ford Sterling, Wallace MacDonald, Heinie Conklin, George Irving, and Bernard Siegel. The survival status of Drums of the Desert is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.
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