Unclaimed Goods (1918)

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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

When the trade magazine Variety reviewed the 1918 drama Unclaimed Goods, the critic noted snootily that the author of the tale was Johnston McCulley, "whoever he may be." Within a few years, however, everyone would know who McCulley was, by virtue of the author's greatest literary creation, "Modern Robin Hood" Zorro. Be that as it may, Unclaimed Goods was a minor western about a sheriff's daughter (Vivian Martin), who, unable to afford train fare to the mining town where her uncle lives, has herself shipped C.O.D. as "freight" via Wells Fargo Express. Upon her arrival, the girl discovers that her uncle is likewise unable to pay the shipping costs, thus she is forced to remain in the Wells Fargo office as "unclaimed goods." The swarthy locals capriciously decide to auction off the heroine, with the villain of the piece offering the highest bid. Goodness knows what fate would be in store for the girl were it not for the arrival of The Hero, who not only saves her from the bad guy's clutches, but also brings Law and Order to the community.