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The working title of this film was The Wild Cat . Stunts on horseback were provided by Frank Artego. According to the 1921 MPSD , Ben Lyon was Violet Mersereau's leading man in this film; however, reviews, news items and information in the copyright descriptions make no mention of Lyon's participation in the ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Wild Cat . Stunts on horseback were provided by Frank Artego. According to the 1921 MPSD , Ben Lyon was Violet Mersereau's leading man in this film; however, reviews, news items and information in the copyright descriptions make no mention of Lyon's participation in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Feb 18
p. 914.
MPN
2 Mar 18
p. 1318.
MPW
5 Jan 18
p. 108.
NYDM
16 Feb 18
pp. 19-20.
Variety
15 Feb 18
p. 51.
Wid's
21 Feb 18
p. 956.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Wild Cat
Release Date:
18 February 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Bluebird Photoplays, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12032
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

"Wild Cat" Betsey Dawley, whose father, "Handsome Harry," was disowned by the proud Dawley family of Greenburgh, Kentucky, meets and thoroughly charms her snobbish cousin Virginia's fiancé, John Davidson, at a picnic. At the start of the Civil War, John becomes a Union officer, while Betsey and her father staunchly defend the South. When Confederate Colonel Morgan, the leader of the intrepid band known as "Morgan's Men," commissions a young horseman to deliver an important message to the Dawley mansion, the rider is shot and Betsey takes his place, breaking through the lines and successfully accomplishing the mission. Later, she again demonstrates her courage by rescuing her wounded father from Davidson's men, but in the process, she is caught by a Northern spy. Davidson saves her, and after the war, they are ... +


"Wild Cat" Betsey Dawley, whose father, "Handsome Harry," was disowned by the proud Dawley family of Greenburgh, Kentucky, meets and thoroughly charms her snobbish cousin Virginia's fiancé, John Davidson, at a picnic. At the start of the Civil War, John becomes a Union officer, while Betsey and her father staunchly defend the South. When Confederate Colonel Morgan, the leader of the intrepid band known as "Morgan's Men," commissions a young horseman to deliver an important message to the Dawley mansion, the rider is shot and Betsey takes his place, breaking through the lines and successfully accomplishing the mission. Later, she again demonstrates her courage by rescuing her wounded father from Davidson's men, but in the process, she is caught by a Northern spy. Davidson saves her, and after the war, they are united. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Civil War, Historical


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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