The Coming of the Law (1919)

Western | 11 May 1919

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HISTORY

A news item written prior to production stated that Mix and the co-star, director and cameraman from his previous film Treat 'Em Rough (Jane Novak, Lynn Reynolds and J. Dev. Jennings, respectively) were to work on The Coming of the Law . Although one review credits Novak, Reynolds and Jennings with working on the picture, all other sources credit Brownie Vernon as co-star, Arthur Rosson as director and Fred Le Roy Granville as cameraman. Some sources credit only Dennison Clift as scenarist. Contemporary evidence is contradictory. A surviving Daily Cast Report for The Coming of the Law lists A. H. Rosson as director, Fred LeRoy Granville as cameraman and Dick Rosson as assistant director; but some surviving still photographs have a studio rubber stamp on the back stating: "William Fox presents Tom Mix in The Coming of the Law story by Charles Alden Seltzer Directed by Lynn Reynolds Victory Pictures Fox Film Corporation," and stills for The Coming of the Law also survive showing Jane Novak in the cast.
       It is likely that The Coming of the Law was a troubled production. It is possible that an aborted first version was re-worked and released as Treat 'em Rough (see entry), a film which shares principal credits consistent with Reynolds and Novak's involvement with The Coming of the Law and a somewhat similar story line, and that some footage from this earlier production was then incorporated into a revised version directed by Arthur Rosson and released as The Coming of the Law . It is also possible that director Lynn ... More Less

A news item written prior to production stated that Mix and the co-star, director and cameraman from his previous film Treat 'Em Rough (Jane Novak, Lynn Reynolds and J. Dev. Jennings, respectively) were to work on The Coming of the Law . Although one review credits Novak, Reynolds and Jennings with working on the picture, all other sources credit Brownie Vernon as co-star, Arthur Rosson as director and Fred Le Roy Granville as cameraman. Some sources credit only Dennison Clift as scenarist. Contemporary evidence is contradictory. A surviving Daily Cast Report for The Coming of the Law lists A. H. Rosson as director, Fred LeRoy Granville as cameraman and Dick Rosson as assistant director; but some surviving still photographs have a studio rubber stamp on the back stating: "William Fox presents Tom Mix in The Coming of the Law story by Charles Alden Seltzer Directed by Lynn Reynolds Victory Pictures Fox Film Corporation," and stills for The Coming of the Law also survive showing Jane Novak in the cast.
       It is likely that The Coming of the Law was a troubled production. It is possible that an aborted first version was re-worked and released as Treat 'em Rough (see entry), a film which shares principal credits consistent with Reynolds and Novak's involvement with The Coming of the Law and a somewhat similar story line, and that some footage from this earlier production was then incorporated into a revised version directed by Arthur Rosson and released as The Coming of the Law . It is also possible that director Lynn Reynolds did start The Coming of the Law with Jane Novak as leading lady, and that his footage was scrapped and director Arthur Rosson and leading lady, Brownie Vernon, were brought in to revise and complete the film already in production. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
17 May 19
p. 1839.
MPN
24 May 19
p. 3465.
MPW
24 May 19
p. 1229, 1231
Variety
16 Nov 1919.
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Wid's
18 May 19
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Victory Pictures
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Coming of the Law by Charles Alden Seltzer, first published in hard cover by the Outing Publishing Company (New York, 1912).
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
11 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13720
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon his arrival in Dry Bottom, New Mexico, Easterner Kent Hollis beats up the town's crooked boss. Kent then decides to stay and bring law and order to the community. When he discovers that Big Bill's men are rustling his cattle, Big Bill threatens him, challenges him to leave town within a few hours, and then attacks him. Kent is nursed back to health by Nellie Hazelton, the woman who is also desired by Big Bill. Kent places his name in consideration for sheriff and enforces a fair election even though Big Bill's men attempt to stuff the ballot box. Kent wins the election but also the ire of Big Bill, who chases and attacks him. Kent wins the shootout and the love of Nellie. Law and order is restored to Dry ... +


Upon his arrival in Dry Bottom, New Mexico, Easterner Kent Hollis beats up the town's crooked boss. Kent then decides to stay and bring law and order to the community. When he discovers that Big Bill's men are rustling his cattle, Big Bill threatens him, challenges him to leave town within a few hours, and then attacks him. Kent is nursed back to health by Nellie Hazelton, the woman who is also desired by Big Bill. Kent places his name in consideration for sheriff and enforces a fair election even though Big Bill's men attempt to stuff the ballot box. Kent wins the election but also the ire of Big Bill, who chases and attacks him. Kent wins the shootout and the love of Nellie. Law and order is restored to Dry Bottom. +

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