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Several pre-release trade articles state that William S. Hart and Lambert Hillyer co-directed the film. Modern sources credit Thomas A. Brierley with the film's art direction and Irwin J. Martin with its art ... More Less

Several pre-release trade articles state that William S. Hart and Lambert Hillyer co-directed the film. Modern sources credit Thomas A. Brierley with the film's art direction and Irwin J. Martin with its art titles. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Aug 19
p. 989.
MPN
23 Aug 19
p. 1685.
MPW
26 Jul 19
pp. 448-49.
MPW
29 Feb 20
p. 19.
New York Times
11 Aug 19
p. 9.
Variety
15 Aug 19
p. 71.
Wid's
17 Aug 19
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
William S. Hart Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13977
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,158
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Desert guide Buckskin Hamilton learns that his brother Billy has been killed, supposedly by Jane Washburn in self-defense. As he leads a long wagon train, Buckskin suspects that Jane's gambling brother Donald, and his confederate, Guy Merton, are responsible. When the entire train is put on short allowance in the desert, Buckskin shows tenderness for the helpless, and wins the admiration of Jane, who confesses that Billy did not annoy her. Buckskin forces Donald and Merton to walk in the desert until heat and thirst cause the crazed men to believe that Donald killed Billy. When an Indian is killed by an emigrant, the band of Indians demand a life for a life, and Buckskin selects Donald. Donald tries to escape and is killed by the Indians. The wagon train reaches its destination. Jane, who has grown to love Buckskin, tries to stop him from continuing the trail, but he carries out his duty, telling her that he may return ... +


Desert guide Buckskin Hamilton learns that his brother Billy has been killed, supposedly by Jane Washburn in self-defense. As he leads a long wagon train, Buckskin suspects that Jane's gambling brother Donald, and his confederate, Guy Merton, are responsible. When the entire train is put on short allowance in the desert, Buckskin shows tenderness for the helpless, and wins the admiration of Jane, who confesses that Billy did not annoy her. Buckskin forces Donald and Merton to walk in the desert until heat and thirst cause the crazed men to believe that Donald killed Billy. When an Indian is killed by an emigrant, the band of Indians demand a life for a life, and Buckskin selects Donald. Donald tries to escape and is killed by the Indians. The wagon train reaches its destination. Jane, who has grown to love Buckskin, tries to stop him from continuing the trail, but he carries out his duty, telling her that he may return someday. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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