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John Hay was the Secretary of State under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Some contemporary sources credit Browning as the sole director, while others give Browning and Lucas joint credit; one credits Browning as director and Lucas as co-director. Scenes from the film were shot in San Francisco, Rio Vista and Nigger Clough, ... More Less

John Hay was the Secretary of State under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Some contemporary sources credit Browning as the sole director, while others give Browning and Lucas joint credit; one credits Browning as director and Lucas as co-director. Scenes from the film were shot in San Francisco, Rio Vista and Nigger Clough, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
3 Feb 17
p. 635.
Motog
10 Feb 17
p. 317.
MPN
30 Dec 16
p. 4223.
MPW
6 Jan 17
p. 87.
MPW
10 Feb 17
p. 869.
MPW
17 Feb 17
p. 1082.
NYDM
3 Feb 17
p. 28.
Wid's
1 Feb 17
pp. 75-76.
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LITERARY
Based on the poems "Jim Bludso of the Prairie Belle" and "Little Breeches" by John Hay in Pike County Ballads (Boston, 1871) and the play Jim Bludso by I. N. Morris (New York, 5 Jan 1903).
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 February 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the end of the Civil War, engineer Jim Bludso, accompanied by his friend, Banty Tim, returns home to the town of Gilgal, and discovers that his wife Gabrielle has deserted him and their son Breeches for another man. Jim is welcomed by Kate Taggart, the village storekeeper's daughter, and their attachment deepens until Gabrielle returns after being deserted by her paramour, and Jim forgives her for their son's sake. Meanwhile, Ben Merrill, an unscrupulous contractor who has built the town levee, fears that the structure will not hold the coming flood waters. Merrill destroys the levee and attempts to place the blame on Jim and Banty Tim. In the flood, Gabrielle is killed, but before dying, she exposes Merrill as the man for whom she had deserted her home. This information reaches Jim when he and Merrill are aboard the boat The Prairie Bell . In the ensuing fight, the ship catches fire and explodes. Rescued from the debris by Banty Tim, Jim marries Kate and begins a new ... +


At the end of the Civil War, engineer Jim Bludso, accompanied by his friend, Banty Tim, returns home to the town of Gilgal, and discovers that his wife Gabrielle has deserted him and their son Breeches for another man. Jim is welcomed by Kate Taggart, the village storekeeper's daughter, and their attachment deepens until Gabrielle returns after being deserted by her paramour, and Jim forgives her for their son's sake. Meanwhile, Ben Merrill, an unscrupulous contractor who has built the town levee, fears that the structure will not hold the coming flood waters. Merrill destroys the levee and attempts to place the blame on Jim and Banty Tim. In the flood, Gabrielle is killed, but before dying, she exposes Merrill as the man for whom she had deserted her home. This information reaches Jim when he and Merrill are aboard the boat The Prairie Bell . In the ensuing fight, the ship catches fire and explodes. Rescued from the debris by Banty Tim, Jim marries Kate and begins a new life. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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