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Salomy Jane was filmed on location in California Redwood country. Sources disagree concerning the film's director. The records of the California Motion Picture Corp. indicate that Lucius Henderson directed, while the 29 Jan 1916 MPSD lists William Nigh as the director. The film had premiere screenings at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on 8 Oct 1914 and at the Broadway Theatre in New York on 27 Oct 1914. It was re-edited by George E. Middleton for possible re-release in 1920. Famous Players-Lasky Corp. produced a film based on the same sources in 1923 which was directed by George Melford and starred Jacqueline Logan. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; ... More Less

Salomy Jane was filmed on location in California Redwood country. Sources disagree concerning the film's director. The records of the California Motion Picture Corp. indicate that Lucius Henderson directed, while the 29 Jan 1916 MPSD lists William Nigh as the director. The film had premiere screenings at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on 8 Oct 1914 and at the Broadway Theatre in New York on 27 Oct 1914. It was re-edited by George E. Middleton for possible re-release in 1920. Famous Players-Lasky Corp. produced a film based on the same sources in 1923 which was directed by George Melford and starred Jacqueline Logan. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4784.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
14 Nov 14
pp. 649-50.
Motog
2 Jan 15
pp. 25-26.
MPN
11 Jul 14
p. 18.
MPN
17 Jul 14
p. 485.
MPW
7 Nov 14
p. 768, 846, 1183
NYDM
4 Nov 14
p. 30.
Variety
31 Oct 14
p. 27.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Salomy Jane's Kiss" by Bret Harte in Three Partners and Other Tales (New York, 1900) and his novel Salomy Jane (New York, 1910) and the play Salomy Jane by Paul Armstrong (New York, 19 Jan 1907).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 November 1914
Copyright Claimant:
California Motion Picture Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 November 1914
Copyright Number:
LU3824
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1850's, hoping to find gold in California, Madison Clay and his daughter, Salomy Jane, travel from Kentucky to Hangton. Salomy, who is pursued by all of the men in the mining town, loves Rufe Waters, and thus asks him to kill Baldwin, a brute who has insulted her. Rufe demures, but when Baldwin is killed by a mysterious stranger whose sister Baldwin seduced, Rufe takes the credit. Alarmed by Baldwin's murder and a recent robbery, the town's vigilante committee decides to arrest Heath, the robber, and the stranger, thought to be Heath's partner. When Heath confesses before being hanged that his real partner fell to his death just after the robbery, the stranger is about to be released until Rufe names him as Baldwin's killer. Knowing of Rufe's cowardice, and pitying the stranger, Salomy helps him to escape, disguised in Clay's clothes. Pursued by Larabee, an old Kentucky enemy of Clay's, the stranger kills the man. Eventually Clay, Salomy, and the stranger ride off to seek a new life ... +


In the 1850's, hoping to find gold in California, Madison Clay and his daughter, Salomy Jane, travel from Kentucky to Hangton. Salomy, who is pursued by all of the men in the mining town, loves Rufe Waters, and thus asks him to kill Baldwin, a brute who has insulted her. Rufe demures, but when Baldwin is killed by a mysterious stranger whose sister Baldwin seduced, Rufe takes the credit. Alarmed by Baldwin's murder and a recent robbery, the town's vigilante committee decides to arrest Heath, the robber, and the stranger, thought to be Heath's partner. When Heath confesses before being hanged that his real partner fell to his death just after the robbery, the stranger is about to be released until Rufe names him as Baldwin's killer. Knowing of Rufe's cowardice, and pitying the stranger, Salomy helps him to escape, disguised in Clay's clothes. Pursued by Larabee, an old Kentucky enemy of Clay's, the stranger kills the man. Eventually Clay, Salomy, and the stranger ride off to seek a new life together. +

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