The Light of Western Stars (1918)

Western | November 1918

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HISTORY

Grey's novel was originally serialized in Munsey's Magazine in 1913. Some scenes were filmed in Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona. There was a pre-release screening in New York on 9 Oct 1918. Grey's novel was filmed again three times: in 1925 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Jack Holt starring and William K. Howard directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3069); in 1930 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Richard Arlen starring and Otto Brower and Edwin H. Knopf directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30) ; F2.3070); and in 1940 by Paramount, with Victor Jory starring and Leslie Selander directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2487). Selig Polyscope Co. produced a version of the novel in 1916, but because of an injunction, they retitled and recut the film, which was entitled The Heart of Texas Ryan and released in 1917. (see ... More Less

Grey's novel was originally serialized in Munsey's Magazine in 1913. Some scenes were filmed in Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona. There was a pre-release screening in New York on 9 Oct 1918. Grey's novel was filmed again three times: in 1925 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Jack Holt starring and William K. Howard directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3069); in 1930 by Famous Players-Lasky, with Richard Arlen starring and Otto Brower and Edwin H. Knopf directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30) ; F2.3070); and in 1940 by Paramount, with Victor Jory starring and Leslie Selander directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2487). Selig Polyscope Co. produced a version of the novel in 1916, but because of an injunction, they retitled and recut the film, which was entitled The Heart of Texas Ryan and released in 1917. (see above) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 Aug 18
pp. 786-87.
ETR
19 Oct 18
p. 1707.
MPN
19 Oct 18
p. 2607.
MPW
13 Apr 18
p. 1537.
MPW
2 Nov 18
p. 624.
Wid's
15 Sep 18
pp. 27-28.
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a drunken fog, Gene Stewart makes a bet with Sheriff Hawes that he will marry the next girl he sees, and when a pretty girl gets off the train, he compels Padre Marcos to marry them. Horrified to discover that she is Majesty Hammond, the sister of his employer, Al Hammond, Gene apologizes to Al, and Majesty, amused, defends him. While Gene is in Mexico, Don Carlos, Stewart's enemy, kidnaps Majesty, but Gene rescues her. Don Carlos and his men plan to have Gene illegally executed in Mexico, and he is facing the firing squad when Majesty and a group of riders arrive to save him. Majesty realizes that she loves Gene, and the two begin their married life ... +


In a drunken fog, Gene Stewart makes a bet with Sheriff Hawes that he will marry the next girl he sees, and when a pretty girl gets off the train, he compels Padre Marcos to marry them. Horrified to discover that she is Majesty Hammond, the sister of his employer, Al Hammond, Gene apologizes to Al, and Majesty, amused, defends him. While Gene is in Mexico, Don Carlos, Stewart's enemy, kidnaps Majesty, but Gene rescues her. Don Carlos and his men plan to have Gene illegally executed in Mexico, and he is facing the firing squad when Majesty and a group of riders arrive to save him. Majesty realizes that she loves Gene, and the two begin their married life together. +

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