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The first New York production of the play was on 8 Jan 1894. The film was made in Selig's Chicago studio. It was re-issued in 1927 at the same time that another new production based on the play was released. The 1927 version was made by Sam E. Rork Productions, released by First National Pictures, and starred Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5588). Var noted, "Much stress was laid upon the character of the negro who was sure of being appointed Minister to Dahomey. His talks with Brander via the captions provoked laughs where the camera enactment fell down with a ... More Less

The first New York production of the play was on 8 Jan 1894. The film was made in Selig's Chicago studio. It was re-issued in 1927 at the same time that another new production based on the play was released. The 1927 version was made by Sam E. Rork Productions, released by First National Pictures, and starred Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5588). Var noted, "Much stress was laid upon the character of the negro who was sure of being appointed Minister to Dahomey. His talks with Brander via the captions provoked laughs where the camera enactment fell down with a thud." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
24 Jul 15
pp. 159-60, 186
MPN
13 Mar 15
p. 42.
MPN
24 Jul 15
p. 65.
MPW
24 Jul 15
p. 665, 730, 732
NYDM
21 Jul 15
p. 30.
Variety
6 Aug 15
p. 18.
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LITERARY
Based on the play A Texas Steer by Charles Hale Hoyt (1890, first production undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 July 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Selig Polyscope Co.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1915
Copyright Number:
LP5779
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Texas cattle king Maverick Brander refuses to move to Washington, D.C., where his daughter Bossy's fiancé, Captain Fairleigh Bright, will be stationed, Bossy, Bright and political boss Mayor Yell connive to have Brander elected to Congress. Brander reluctantly accepts and leaves for Washington, where he is suspicious of gentleman valets and elevators. After Bright breaks a date with Bossy because the gown that she designed is out of place in Washington society, Bossy refuses to see him. The black political boss, Mr. Fish, whom Yell promised to make Minister of Dahomey if he delivered the black vote, is disappointed when Brander cannot accommodate his dream. Later he is proud to be superintendent of the dumping of the House wastebaskets. When a committee from Texas arrives to investigate Brander's supposed ties to the railroads, Brander's secretary tries to get them drunk, but they return carrying the soused secretary. In their exuberance, they shoot bullets into the room above. After the police pursue them back to their train, Bossy reconciles with ... +


When Texas cattle king Maverick Brander refuses to move to Washington, D.C., where his daughter Bossy's fiancé, Captain Fairleigh Bright, will be stationed, Bossy, Bright and political boss Mayor Yell connive to have Brander elected to Congress. Brander reluctantly accepts and leaves for Washington, where he is suspicious of gentleman valets and elevators. After Bright breaks a date with Bossy because the gown that she designed is out of place in Washington society, Bossy refuses to see him. The black political boss, Mr. Fish, whom Yell promised to make Minister of Dahomey if he delivered the black vote, is disappointed when Brander cannot accommodate his dream. Later he is proud to be superintendent of the dumping of the House wastebaskets. When a committee from Texas arrives to investigate Brander's supposed ties to the railroads, Brander's secretary tries to get them drunk, but they return carrying the soused secretary. In their exuberance, they shoot bullets into the room above. After the police pursue them back to their train, Bossy reconciles with Bright. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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