16 September 2016 | mpickfordfan
The Squaw Man's Son (1917) - Lost ?
Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
Hal ( Wallace Reid ), now fully grown, leaves his wife Edith ( Dorothy Davenport ) and his estate in England to return to the land of his Indian mother. There he works for the rights of Indians in a land deal which pits him against David Ladd ( C. H. Geldert ), the wily reservation agent who is secretly in collusion with the asphalt trust which is trying to rob the Indians. Hal falls in love with Wah-na-gi ( Anita King ), the Carlisle graduate who has returned to teach at the agency school, but he is too honorable to conceal that he is already married. Upon the death of his father, Hal returns to England as Lord Effington to discover that Edith loves Lord Yester ( Lucien Littlefield ) and wants a divorce. Hal gladly agrees, but when the family physician informs him that Edith is addicted to morphine and his presence may save her life, Hal consents to stay. Returning to America to testify in a lawsuit against the asphalt trust, Hal regretfully informs Wah-na-gi that he cannot leave his wife. The Indian maiden goes off in the snow to kill herself by the grave of Hal's mother when Hal receives a message that Edith has died from an overdose of morphine. Hal rushes into the snow, overtakes Wah-na-gi and asks her to marry him.
This 1917 silent drama was based from the novel The Silent Call by Edwin Milton Royle, produced by Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, starring Wallace Reid, Anita King and Dorothy Davenport. The survival status of The Squaw Man's Son (1917) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.