Hidden Law (1916)

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This routine Western had little to recommend it. John Carlton (William Clifford) is a brilliant New York writer whose play is produced by theatrical manager Henry Richter (Frederick Montague). But Carlton had no copyright and winds up with a raw deal. When he attacks the manager in anger, he is thrown in jail for six months. The experience leaves him bitter, so he heads for the West where he becomes a bandit. But there is still some goodness left in him; when he comes upon a seven-year-old girl (Doris Baker) whose parents (Robert Kenyon and Mae Adams) have died, he raises her as his own child. A decade passes and the girl, now grown (Margaret Gibson) falls in love with Dick Arliss (John Oaker), a rich young man who has come to the area to hunt. In spite of Carlton's protests, the couple runs off together. When the girl finds out that the man who raised her is a thief, she is horrified. With his adopted daughter gone, Carlton's life once again takes a darker turn. But then he discovers that his old landlady back East took a novel he had left behind and gave it to a publisher. The book has been extremely successful, and there is a search going on for its writer, who has claim to a fortune in royalties. Carlton returns to New York, regains his proper place in society, and reunites with his adopted daughter and son-in-law.