The Sable Lorcha was inspired by a story by Horace Hazeltine (a pseudonym for Charles Stokes Wayne). Saturnine character actor Tully Marshall is cast as Soy, leader of a Chinese Tong faction known as the Seven Skulls. While attempting to smuggle his family out of China, Soy is found out, and his loved ones are slaughtered, apparently at the behest of an American businessman (Thomas Jefferson), who despite his respectable veneer is actually an international criminal. Swearing vengeance, Soy relocates in Chinatown, whence he plans to destroy the businessman and his family. To do this, he enlists the aid of the businessman's identical twin brother, whose own motives are unclear until the final reel. The title refers to the sailing vessel owned by the businessman to conduct his nefarious smuggling activities.
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