The Plunderer (1915)

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Filmed on location at a real mining camp in Georgia, this lusty version of Roy Norton's 1912 novel starred William Farnum -- William Fox's answer to Thomas Ince's William S. Hart -- as Bill Matthews, an Easterner inheriting an abandoned mine. Along with his friend, Dick Townsend (Harry Springler), a mining engineer, Bill discovers that the mine is being used for nefarious purposes by Bully Presby (Riley Hatch), the father of Dick's girlfriend, Joan (Claire Whitney). There is an explosion, a cave-in, and sundry other exciting developments before old man Presby sees the evil of his ways and repents. Henry Armetta, one of the great dialect comedians of the sound era, played a bit role as a Mexican in The Plunderer, which also featured Elizabeth Eyre as a saloon hostess and William J. Gross as the comic relief. Director Edgar Lewis also co-wrote the screenplay, under the nom de plume of "Louise Keller." The Western was remade by Fox in 1924 starring Frank Mayo and, as the saloon hostess, Evelyn Brent.



camp, claim, conflict, mine