"Sheer Thrills and Heart-Pounding Excitement that has never been excelled on the Screen! " At least that's what the original advertisement for the 1915 movie The Plunderer opined.
For several weeks in March of 1915, Dahlonega hosted some of the top names in the fledgling motion picture industry. The Fox Film Corporation from New York had been scouting for a suitable location to film their upcoming version of "The Plunderer." Based on the 1912 book by Roy Norton, "The Plunderer" offered everything that silent films were known for. Action, romance, big saloon fights and thrilling chase scenes were all set against the backdrop of a rugged gold mining town. Starring film legend William Farnum in the lead role, "The Plunderer" debuted in theatres in June of 1915.