Cast & Crew
While still an infant, Tennessee is deserted by her mother, Kate Kent, who runs away with Romaine, a family friend. Romaine shoots and kills Bill, Tennessee's father, whose last wish is that his partner, Jack Hunter, become his daughter's guardian. Hunter places Tennessee in a convent for fifteen years. During that time he strikes it rich in the Northwest and then later sends for Tennessee. She journeys across the country by stagecoach to meet with Hunter, whom she thinks is her father, but enroute, the stage is held up by Romaine, who has become a notorious highwayman. He becomes infatuated with Tennessee and wants to marry her. He enlists the help of Kate by asking to be introduced as her brother. When Kate meets Tennessee, she does not know that the girl is her own daughter. Hunter recognizes Kate and Romaine, and has him arrested, but the highwayman escapes and takes Tennessee with him. A search party captures Romaine and hangs him. After Tennessee learns the truth about Romaine, she is reconciled with Kate and begins a relationship with Hunter.
Bret Harte's story was adapted for the stage by Scott Marble. It had its premiere in New York on September 10, 1894. THe film opened in New York on February 6, 1916. Harte's story was adapted three additional times: by Stellar Productions in 1924 as The Flaming Forties, starring Harry Carey and directed by Tom Forman (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30); by Famous Players-Lasky in 1925 as The Golden Princess, directed by Clarence Badger and by RKO in 1955 as Tennessee's Partner, starring John Payne and Ronald Reagan and directed by Allan Dwan.