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"By The Sun's Rays" is a short eleven minute silent movie. The earliest surviving film featuring Lon Chaney in a major role. By the Sun's Ray's was but one of several westerns starring Murdock MacQuarrie. MacQuarrie plays a detective investigating a series of gold shipment robberies. During the investigation of one robbery he is fatally attracted to a mine superintendent's daughter. She is very pretty to the investigator. Of course, much to the dismay of a sullen mine office clerk (Chaney) he just doesn't like this situation. For he is also smitten with the girl. The clerk is actually a member of the outlaw gang and uses a mirror to signal his associates. The use of the mirror eventually gives the gang's secret activities away. Your host, Binary Mouse, introduces Your Virtual World's Campfire Tales Series in the online version.
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By the Sun's Rays
A gold shipment
leaves the Deep River mine.
Half an hour later.
"The bandits got us again."
Francis Payton - Deep River Mining
Chicago, Illinois. Dear Sir:Lest shipment of gold stolen cannot understand how bandits get their information. Send detective at once. John Davis.
John Murdock has been sent to the
mine to apprehend the bandits.
Two weeks later a stranger arrives.
John Davis, Supt., Dear Sir: The bearer, John Murdock, is the company's detective. Give him all assistance to clear the matter up. Francis Peyton - President.
A week later.
Another shipment of gold.
"I am going to take a look around
and will meet the posse at the crossroads."
John explains his plan to Dora and
sends her back to detain Lawler until he arrives.