Riders of the Purple Sage (1918)

Passed | | Western | 1 September 1918 (USA)
Lassiter, a Texas Ranger, goes after the sect which has abducted his sister Millie. During his search, he encounters Jane Withersteen, who owns a rich estate. Lassiter saves a man named ... See full summary »


Frank Lloyd


Zane Grey (novel), Frank Lloyd


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Cast overview:
William Farnum ... Lassiter
William Scott ... Venters
Marc B. Robbins Marc B. Robbins ... Dyer (as Marc Robbins)
Murdock MacQuarrie ... Tull
Mary Mersch Mary Mersch ... Jane
Kathryn Adams Kathryn Adams ... Masked rider / Millie
Nancy Caswell Nancy Caswell ... Fay Larkin
J. Holmes J. Holmes ... Jerry Carol
Buck Jones ... Cowboy (as Buck Gebhart)
Jack Nelson ... Cowboy


Lassiter, a Texas Ranger, goes after the sect which has abducted his sister Millie. During his search, he encounters Jane Withersteen, who owns a rich estate. Lassiter saves a man named Venters from a whipping by men who think Venters is courting Jane. Lassiter takes Venters' place as manager of Jane's ranch, while Venters goes in search of cattle thieves. Venters discovers the thieves are led by a masked rider, and wounds the rider. The rider turns out to be female, and Venters nurses her back to health. Lassiter discovers that Millie is dead, and takes an orphan girl named Fay Larkin under his wing. When Fay is abducted by the same sect that had taken his sister, Lassiter takes his vengeance out on their leader, Dyer, and rescues Fay. As they are fleeing, they meet Venters and the masked rider, whom Lassiter recognizes as his sister's daughter, Bess. Venters and Bess ride east to be married, but Lassiter's escape route is cut off by pursuers, led by Elder Tull. Lassiter, Jane, and ... Written by scsu1975

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1 September 1918 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The FOR THE MOVIE FANS column on page 2 of the Santa Cruz Evening News, Santa Cruz, California on Tuesday 14 May 1918 (Volume XXII, Number 12) lists the following item, probably from a United Press dispatch, "William Farnum and his company soon will leave for the Grand canyon of Arizona to produce two movies." These will be "Riders of the Purple Sage" and "The Rainbow Trail'", in which of both Farnum portrays Lassiter, Texas Ranger. See more »


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