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The 17 Nov 1917 and 24 Nov 1917 editions of Motion Picture News reported that production began around mid-Nov 1917, while the 1 Dec 1917 Moving Picture World stated that filming started in late Nov 1917. Two large sets were set to be built: one in the Mojave Desert and the other at Thomas H. Ince Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
       The working title at the start of production was The Tiger Cat. On 8 Dec 1917, Moving Picture World noted that the company had left for the Mojave Desert, where a "typical desert adobe house" with an enclosed patio had been built. The actors were said to be following "as closely as possible the lives of the people they are depicting, by living in the specially constructed building."
       A pre-release news item lists Tod Browning as the director. Sources variously credit H. P. Keeler, June Mathis and John H. Collins with the ... More Less

The 17 Nov 1917 and 24 Nov 1917 editions of Motion Picture News reported that production began around mid-Nov 1917, while the 1 Dec 1917 Moving Picture World stated that filming started in late Nov 1917. Two large sets were set to be built: one in the Mojave Desert and the other at Thomas H. Ince Studios in Santa Monica, CA.
       The working title at the start of production was The Tiger Cat. On 8 Dec 1917, Moving Picture World noted that the company had left for the Mojave Desert, where a "typical desert adobe house" with an enclosed patio had been built. The actors were said to be following "as closely as possible the lives of the people they are depicting, by living in the specially constructed building."
       A pre-release news item lists Tod Browning as the director. Sources variously credit H. P. Keeler, June Mathis and John H. Collins with the scenario. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
19 Jan 1918
p. 572.
Exhibitors Trade Review
26 Jan 1918
p. 681.
Motion Picture News
17 Nov 1917
p. 3479.
Motion Picture News
24 Nov 1917
p. 3655.
Moving Picture World
1 Dec 1917
p. 1312.
Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1918
p. 1471.
Moving Picture World
19 Jan 1918
p. 390, 416
Moving Picture World
26 Jan 1918
p. 600.
Wid's
24 Jan 1918
p. 900.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
All Star Series
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Tiger Cat
Release Date:
14 January 1918
Production Date:
began mid or late November 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In order to avenge the disgrace and subsequent death of her sister, New York theatrical star Audrey Graham joins an 1870's caravan bound for the Western town of Silver Bar, where Alvin Steele, the man who betrayed Audrey's sister, now lives. The homesteaders run out of supplies and are dying of thirst on the parched Western plains when they reach the hideout of an outlaw named Zachary Wando. Zachary at first refuses them water, but Audrey, disguised as a child, melts his heart and he relents. After learning of Audrey's deception, however, he threatens to hold her captive unless she brings Steele, with whom his wife Lou is having an affair, to his camp. Audrey locates Steele, captivates him with her beauty, and then leads him to Zachary, who gives Lou a gun and orders her to choose between them. Lou shoots Steele and is then reconciled to her husband, while Audrey returns to New York, her desire for vengeance ... +


In order to avenge the disgrace and subsequent death of her sister, New York theatrical star Audrey Graham joins an 1870's caravan bound for the Western town of Silver Bar, where Alvin Steele, the man who betrayed Audrey's sister, now lives. The homesteaders run out of supplies and are dying of thirst on the parched Western plains when they reach the hideout of an outlaw named Zachary Wando. Zachary at first refuses them water, but Audrey, disguised as a child, melts his heart and he relents. After learning of Audrey's deception, however, he threatens to hold her captive unless she brings Steele, with whom his wife Lou is having an affair, to his camp. Audrey locates Steele, captivates him with her beauty, and then leads him to Zachary, who gives Lou a gun and orders her to choose between them. Lou shoots Steele and is then reconciled to her husband, while Audrey returns to New York, her desire for vengeance satisfied. +

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