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During the Gold Rush of '49, Tom Romaine kills William Kent and runs off with his wife, Kate, leaving behind Kate's daughter, Betty, who is reared by a priest. Fifteen years later, Betty goes to California and looks up Tennessee, one of her father's friends, who makes her his partner in the Golden Princess Mine. Romaine learns of Betty's whereabouts and, with Kate's help, passes himself off as Betty's father. Tennessee recognizes them both and lets Betty know that Romaine killed her father. Romaine dynamites the mine with Betty and Tennessee inside; and Kate, who has killed Romaine, dies while rescuing them. Tennessee and Betty decide to become partners in marriage.
Bret Harte's story was also the basis for the 1916 Paramount release Tennesee's Partner, directed by George Melford and starring Fannie Ward and Jack Dean (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20); the 1924 Stellar production The Flaming Forties, directed by Tom Forman and starring Harry Carey (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30) and the 1955 RKO release Tennessee's Partner, starring John Payne and Ronald Reagan and directed by Allan Dwan.