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HISTORY

A modern source credits George Field with the role of "Nigger" Paisley. The novel was serialized in Argosy magazine, Oct-Nov 1917. Although all reviews credit William S. Hart with direction, the 1921 MPSD lists this film among Lambert Hillyer's directorial credits. A modern source lists Hillyer as assistant ... More Less

A modern source credits George Field with the role of "Nigger" Paisley. The novel was serialized in Argosy magazine, Oct-Nov 1917. Although all reviews credit William S. Hart with direction, the 1921 MPSD lists this film among Lambert Hillyer's directorial credits. A modern source lists Hillyer as assistant director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Aug 18
p. 1017.
MPN
24 Aug 18
p. 1214.
MPN
31 Aug 18
p. 1426.
MPW
13 Jul 18
pp. 258-59.
MPW
24 Aug 18
p. 1155.
New York Times
12 Aug 18
p. 7.
NYDM
24 Aug 18
p. 275.
Variety
16 Aug 18
p. 38.
Wid's
18 Aug 18
p. 31.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William S. Hart Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 August 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12722
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,757
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jefferson "Riddle" Gawne seeks vengeance against the man who killed his younger brother and absconded with his sister-in-law, leaving their little daughter Jane homeless. Taking charge of Jane, he searches in vain for the murderer for many years, then settles on his own ranch. Gawne's hatred of women dissipates when he meets Kathleen Harkness, the attractive and refined daughter of a cattle rustler in Hame Bozzam's gang. Hame, who wants Kathleen for himself, has Gawne shot, but he is nursed back to health by Blanche Dillon. Determined to rid the town of the gang, Gawne ousts Hame's pawn, sheriff Reb Butler, then leads a group of cowboys to the outlaw's headquarters. After they set the place on fire, however, Gawne learns that Hame has abducted Kathleen. He rides to her rescue but is seriously injured in a fight with the outlaw, after which Hame admits that he killed Gawne's brother. Upon hearing this, Gawne struggles to his feet and is able to throw Hame over a cliff to his death. Gawne then recovers under Kathleen's ... +


Jefferson "Riddle" Gawne seeks vengeance against the man who killed his younger brother and absconded with his sister-in-law, leaving their little daughter Jane homeless. Taking charge of Jane, he searches in vain for the murderer for many years, then settles on his own ranch. Gawne's hatred of women dissipates when he meets Kathleen Harkness, the attractive and refined daughter of a cattle rustler in Hame Bozzam's gang. Hame, who wants Kathleen for himself, has Gawne shot, but he is nursed back to health by Blanche Dillon. Determined to rid the town of the gang, Gawne ousts Hame's pawn, sheriff Reb Butler, then leads a group of cowboys to the outlaw's headquarters. After they set the place on fire, however, Gawne learns that Hame has abducted Kathleen. He rides to her rescue but is seriously injured in a fight with the outlaw, after which Hame admits that he killed Gawne's brother. Upon hearing this, Gawne struggles to his feet and is able to throw Hame over a cliff to his death. Gawne then recovers under Kathleen's care. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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