Cast & Crew
Joseph De Grasse
During a violent disagreement, a miner strangles his partner and accidently shoots the man's wife. He then deserts his own wife and son to elope with the saloon keeper's daughter. As they are fleeing, the girl discovers the deed and insists upon caring for the baby found in the dead wife's arms. Seventeen years later, the miner, now known as Joe Lawson, owns the Nugget, a dance hall in the lumber country, and the baby has grown into Marta, a beautiful young girl. While in the fields one day, Marta meets young lumberjack Mac Jepson, who is attracted to the girl until he sees her with the gamblers in the saloon. When Lawson's former partner appears at the Nugget, Lawson arranges to have his manager kill him, but the man is saved by Mac. A shootout between the ex-partners then transpires, in which Lawson is mortally wounded. On his deathbed, he learns that Mac is actually his son, and goes to his death requesting that the lumberjack, who is now betrothed to Marta, never be told the truth.
Joseph De Grasse
The film was copyrighted by Universal under the title The Vengeance of the West. Though several contemporary reviewers list Jewel as the production company, it appears that Jewel was formed after Universal had copyrighted the film, and the announcements of Jewel's formation in August 1917 proclaim it a distribution company. One contemporary source lists Universal as the distributor; it is unclear whether Universal's affiliation with Jewel had begun by this time. This film was Jewel's first release. Sources conflict concerning three character names. The synopsis included in the copyright descriptions list Tom Wilson as playing "'Bad' Jepson," Claire DuBrey as playing "Carmencita," and William Stowell as playing "Bud Smith." Reviews list Wilson as "'Mac' Jepson," Dubrey as "Nita," and Stowell as "Bill the Boss."