Mysterious Mr. Tiller (1917)

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The plot of The Mysterious Mr. Tiller hinged on a case of mistaken identity. Lady detective Clara Hawthorne (Ruth Clifford) spends most of the picture laboring under the assumption that Prentice Tiller (played by Rupert Julian), who also directed) is in cahoots with notorious thief Ramon Mordant (Frank Brownlee). Her mistrust of Tiller seems justified when he knowingly permits Mordant to swoop down and pilfer a cache of rare jewels. But the mysterious Mr. Tiller turns out to have been working on the side of Right all along -- and when he recovers the jewels, he gallantly allows Clara to take credit for solving the case. Lest anyone complain that this synopsis gives away the ending, it should be noted that, so far as can be determined, The Mysterious Mr. Tiller no longer exists.