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This was the first film of stage actress Blanche Bates. The film was reviewed in Aug 1918 and listed, in one review, to be released 28 Aug 1918. The film does not appear in release charts until Jan 1919 when Goldwyn acquired the rights and released it as a special. Zane Grey's novel The Border Legion was adapted three times by Paramount: in 1924, directed by William K. Howard, and starring Antonio Moreno; in 1930, directed by Otto Brower and Edwin H. Knopf and starring Richard Arlen; and, in 1934 under the title The Last Round-Up , directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Randolph Scott. A loose adaptation of the novel was produced by Republic Pictures in 1940 under the title The Border Legion . That film was directed by Joseph Kane and starred Roy Rogers. (see entries above and ... More Less

This was the first film of stage actress Blanche Bates. The film was reviewed in Aug 1918 and listed, in one review, to be released 28 Aug 1918. The film does not appear in release charts until Jan 1919 when Goldwyn acquired the rights and released it as a special. Zane Grey's novel The Border Legion was adapted three times by Paramount: in 1924, directed by William K. Howard, and starring Antonio Moreno; in 1930, directed by Otto Brower and Edwin H. Knopf and starring Richard Arlen; and, in 1934 under the title The Last Round-Up , directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring Randolph Scott. A loose adaptation of the novel was produced by Republic Pictures in 1940 under the title The Border Legion . That film was directed by Joseph Kane and starred Roy Rogers. (see entries above and below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
10 Aug 18
p. 882.
MPW
25 Jan 19
p. 418, 544
New York Times
13 Apr 18
p. 289.
NYDM
17 Aug 18
p. 238.
Variety
2 Aug 18
p. 38.
Wid's
4 Aug 18
pp. 19-20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 August 1918
Copyright Claimant:
T. Hayes Hunter and Blanche Bates Creel
Copyright Date:
5 January 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13239
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Joan Randall accuses her fiancé Jim Cleeve of cowardice, so he joins an outlaw gang called the "Border Legion." When Joan guiltily pursues him, she is attacked by gang leader Jack Kells, whom she shoots. Joan nurses Jack back to health, after which he promises to protect her, but when Jim reclaims her, Jack follows and threatens him. Jack is killed by his own gang as a posse arrives to save Joan and ... +


Joan Randall accuses her fiancé Jim Cleeve of cowardice, so he joins an outlaw gang called the "Border Legion." When Joan guiltily pursues him, she is attacked by gang leader Jack Kells, whom she shoots. Joan nurses Jack back to health, after which he promises to protect her, but when Jim reclaims her, Jack follows and threatens him. Jack is killed by his own gang as a posse arrives to save Joan and Jim. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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