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The film opened at the Rivoli Theatre in New York on 12 May ... More Less

The film opened at the Rivoli Theatre in New York on 12 May 1918. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
18 May 18
p. 1932.
MPN
18 May 18
p. 2956, 3001
MPW
18 May 18
p. 1036.
MPW
14 Sep 18
p. 1612.
New York Times
13 May 18
p. 11.
NYDM
18 May 18
p. 704.
Variety
10 May 18
p. 42.
Wid's
12 May 18
pp. 23-24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 May 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William S. Hart Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 April 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12356
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After their father dies in the desert, Mary Adams and her young sister Betty arrive in Thirsty Center, Arizona, with little hope and less money. There Mary meets Yates, nicknamed "Selfish" for his excessively self-centered attitude, who gives her a job scrubbing the floor of his dance hall. Through Mary's kindness, Selfish is gradually regenerated, while Betty takes charge of his wild young ward "Hotfoot." After Selfish, saddened by the death of a young alcoholic, decides to close the saloon, his employee, "Rocking Chair" Riley, attacks Mary and seriously injures her. Although the townspeople have assembled to lynch Riley, Selfish, following Mary's instructions, helps him to escape and then returns to her bedside. In her delirium, Mary reveals her love for Selfish, and soon the doctor informs him that she will ... +


After their father dies in the desert, Mary Adams and her young sister Betty arrive in Thirsty Center, Arizona, with little hope and less money. There Mary meets Yates, nicknamed "Selfish" for his excessively self-centered attitude, who gives her a job scrubbing the floor of his dance hall. Through Mary's kindness, Selfish is gradually regenerated, while Betty takes charge of his wild young ward "Hotfoot." After Selfish, saddened by the death of a young alcoholic, decides to close the saloon, his employee, "Rocking Chair" Riley, attacks Mary and seriously injures her. Although the townspeople have assembled to lynch Riley, Selfish, following Mary's instructions, helps him to escape and then returns to her bedside. In her delirium, Mary reveals her love for Selfish, and soon the doctor informs him that she will recover. +

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

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