The Counterfeiter (1913) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • The counterfeiter, Golden, lives in luxury with his daughter. His partner is captured by the police and put through the "third degree," and confesses. A raid is made on Golden's plant and his men are made prisoners, but by a clever trick Golden knocks down the detective who is watching him and escapes, taking his daughter west with him. Dick Farron, of the secret service, is detailed to catch the fugitive. Golden buys a cattle ranch, and a long drought threatens his stock. Mary falls in love with Lieut. Graves and promises to marry him. Detective Farron is injured in a stagecoach accident and is rescued by Golden and his men. He accepts the hospitality of the Goldens, unaware that he is in the house of the man he is searching for. The drought has worked havoc with the Indians, and they come to the fort and demand rations, but the colonel is unable to assist them. Golden loses his cattle, and is unable to pay his men. The money for the fort payroll is sent from Washington, and the colonel is advised by wire. In desperate financial straits, Golden secures access to the money chests and substitutes counterfeits for the genuine greenbacks. The soldiers get their pay and when they try to pass the money in the town it is refused, and a big fight is started. An investigation is started, and Detective Farron discovers that Golden's men have been paid off with new ten dollar bills. Golden endeavors to destroy his plates, but is watched by Farron, who arrests Golden on the night of his daughter's wedding. Golden pleads with Farron to let him remain free until after the wedding, and the detective remains at the side of his man, watching him closely. The ceremony takes place, but before the detective can get Golden away the fort is attacked by the Indians, and a fierce struggle takes place. Golden, to save his daughter from disgrace, fights like a mad man, exposing himself again and again, and is finally struck down by an Indian bullet. The redskins are repulsed, and the detective goes away without having revealed his secret.


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