Produced by screen pioneer William N. Selig (formerly of the Selig Polyscope Company), this 15-chapter Western serial starred the tough-looking Franklyn Farnum as Silent Joe, an ornery cowpoke attempting to locate a hidden treasure ahead of his enemy, an unscrupulous land baron (Duke R. Lee). The latter's pretty daughter, Lou (Mary Anderson), upsets the apple cart even further by falling in love with her father's rival. Directed by character actor Leon De La Mothe (aka Leon Kent), Vanishing Trails also featured Western poet turned actor L.M. Wells, Harry Lonsdale, Vester Pegg (film history's second "Cisco Kid"), William Orlamond, Pedro Leon, the ever-present Bud Osborne, and Prince the dog. The serial was re-edited and re-released as a feature Western, Death Trails, in 1928.
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