The Gentleman from Indiana (1915)

Drama | 25 November 1915

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HISTORY

The film was re-released on 18 May 1919. Pre-release articles list Virginia Foltz in the cast and Dal Clawson a chief cameraman. A replica of an entire Indiana town was built for the production. In order to stage a rainstorm, 14,000 gallons of water were carted from a well three miles away. The midnight scene of the vigilante committee was filmed at night using fifty radium flares and ten Windfield Koerner lamps. Some Paramount records list Herbert Standing as Judge Briscoe; however, all reviews agree with the credits ... More Less

The film was re-released on 18 May 1919. Pre-release articles list Virginia Foltz in the cast and Dal Clawson a chief cameraman. A replica of an entire Indiana town was built for the production. In order to stage a rainstorm, 14,000 gallons of water were carted from a well three miles away. The midnight scene of the vigilante committee was filmed at night using fifty radium flares and ten Windfield Koerner lamps. Some Paramount records list Herbert Standing as Judge Briscoe; however, all reviews agree with the credits above. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
23 Oct 15
p. 837.
Motog
4 Dec 15
p. 1211.
MPN
14 Aug 15
p. 74.
MPN
4 Sep 15
p. 1663.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 11.
MPN
2 Oct 15
p. 68.
MPN
9 Oct 15
p. 74.
MPN
16 Oct 15
p. 54.
MPN
23 Oct 15
p. 49.
MPN
20 Nov 15
pp. 78-79.
MPN
4 Dec 15
p. 71.
MPW
30 Oct 15
p. 945.
MPW
27 Nov 15
p. 1679, 1732
New York Times
29 Nov 15
p. 11.
NYDM
16 Oct 15
p. 25.
NYDM
6 Nov 15
p. 30.
NYDM
27 Nov 15
p. 28.
Wid's
25 Nov 1915.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment selected and arr by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Gentleman from Indiana by Booth Tarkington (New York, 1899).
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
J. C. Ivers
Copyright Date:
3 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6896
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a spectacular college football career, John Harkless leaves the university to pursue a place in Indiana politics. He buys the failing Plattville Herald and, using the newspaper to expose various illegal activities, sets out to rid the county of all mobsters and corrupt officials. When a traveling circus comes to town, he uncovers a crooked gambling ring and drives away the fleecers. That night, returning from his sweetheart's house, he is badly beaten and left for dead by a gang of men. Believing that John has been murdered, vigilantes gather to avenge his death, but the identity of the perpetrators is in question. The evidence finally points to the White Caps, a band of thugs allied with Rodney McCune, a notorious local politician opposing John in an upcoming Congressional race. Before the angry mob clashes with the White Caps, John is located in a hospital emergency room. While he recovers, his girlfriend, Helen Sherwood, takes over the newspaper and cleverly concocts a way for John to win the ... +


After a spectacular college football career, John Harkless leaves the university to pursue a place in Indiana politics. He buys the failing Plattville Herald and, using the newspaper to expose various illegal activities, sets out to rid the county of all mobsters and corrupt officials. When a traveling circus comes to town, he uncovers a crooked gambling ring and drives away the fleecers. That night, returning from his sweetheart's house, he is badly beaten and left for dead by a gang of men. Believing that John has been murdered, vigilantes gather to avenge his death, but the identity of the perpetrators is in question. The evidence finally points to the White Caps, a band of thugs allied with Rodney McCune, a notorious local politician opposing John in an upcoming Congressional race. Before the angry mob clashes with the White Caps, John is located in a hospital emergency room. While he recovers, his girlfriend, Helen Sherwood, takes over the newspaper and cleverly concocts a way for John to win the election. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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