The Tiger's Trail

The Tiger's Trail is a 1919 American adventure film serial starring Ruth Roland, directed by Robert Ellis, Louis J. Gasnier and Paul Hurst. A "fragmentary print" from the serial survives.[1]

The Tiger's Trail
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Directed byRobert Ellis
Louis J. Gasnier
Paul Hurst
Screenplay byGilson Willets
Story byCharles A. Logue
Based onLong Arm
by Arthur B. Reeve
StarringRuth Roland
George Larkin
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Astra Films
Release date
  • April 20, 1919 (1919-04-20)
Running time
15 episodes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] Grim Gordon (Strong) is in possession of the Tiger Idol, stolen from a religious sect of Hindu tiger worshipers on an East Indian island that he and Peter Strong and Col. Boyd visited years earlier. The two latter men were killed, but Belle Boyd (Roland), daughter of the colonel, is alive and has part of the "Pact of Three," a document torn into three parts that shows the location of a treasure discovered during the expedition. Gordon has a pitchblende mine in the western United States, and among the workers are Hindus and Tiger Worshipers. Upon her arrival from an eastern school, Belle Boyd, ward of Gordon, is attacked by a gang of outlaws headed by Bull Shotwell (Kohler), but her life is saved by Jack Randall (Larkin), a mining engineer. Jack is employed by Gordon but helps the heroine Belle in outwitting the evil forces surrounding her that are attempting to obtain her portion of the torn Pact of Three. In one episode Belle is put into a cage with a live Bengal tiger, and in others she is the subject of several kidnapping attempts.



This serial, about a Hindu tiger worshiping sect and western outlaws, was based on The Long Arm by C. A. Logue.[3] ( states that the serial was adapted by Gilson Willets from The Long Arm by Arthur B. Reeve).[1]

Real tigers were used in filming. The serial includes the "famous scene" of a human chain formed from the roof of a train, which enables the criminals to steal a valuable parcel from Ruth's compartment.[3]


  1. The Tiger Worshippers
  2. The Glowing Eyes
  3. The Human Chain
  4. Danger Signals
  5. The Tiger Trap
  6. The Secret Assassin
  7. The Flaming Waters
  8. Danger Ahead
  9. The Raging Torrent
  10. Bringing In The Law
  11. In The Breakers
  12. The Two Amazons
  13. The False Idol
  14. The Mountain Hermit
  15. The Tiger Face


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Tiger's Trail". Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  2. Harrison, Louis Reeves (April 12, 1919). "Reviews and Advertising Aids: The Tiger's Trail". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 40 (2): 278–79. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  3. Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "2. The Perils of Success". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5.
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