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HISTORY

This film was the second of Alfred H. Lewis' "Wolfville" stories to be brought to the screen. Dead Shot Baker , released in 1917, was the first (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.0969). "Wolfville" stories were first collected and published in New York in 1897. Many of the same cast members were used in both productions, including William Duncan, who was also the director of both, and Carol ... More Less

This film was the second of Alfred H. Lewis' "Wolfville" stories to be brought to the screen. Dead Shot Baker , released in 1917, was the first (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.0969). "Wolfville" stories were first collected and published in New York in 1897. Many of the same cast members were used in both productions, including William Duncan, who was also the director of both, and Carol Halloway. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
8 Dec 17
p. 59.
Motog
15 Dec 17
p. 1265.
MPN
15 Dec 17
p. 4225, 4228
MPW
15 Dec 17
p. 1642, 1679
NYDM
8 Dec 17
p. 22.
Wid's
6 Dec 17
p. 780.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Blue Ribbon Feature
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Tenderfoot" by Alfred Henry Lewis.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 December 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
30 November 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11775
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To escape the pain of a failed love affair, Jim goes to Wolfville, a rough Western town populated by gamblers and Indians. Shortly after he meets Cynthia, a sweet-natured local girl, Ellen, his former lover, arrives from the East and flirts with an Indian to make him jealous. The Indian, who takes Ellen's attentions seriously, sends her some ponies, which she accepts unwittingly as a gift. When she discovers that by Indian custom her acceptance amounts to a marriage agreement, she turns to Jim, promising to marry him in exchange for a way out. Jim kills the Indian in a duel, but Ellen reneges on the deal and jilts him once again. In the gambling saloon, "Smiling Jack" Douglas plots to kill Jim, but Cynthia intercedes by replacing his gun's bullets with blanks. To "Smiling Jack's" surprise, Jim resists his shots and charges him, eventually driving him from the town. His courage proven, the tenderfoot wins the heart and hand of ... +


To escape the pain of a failed love affair, Jim goes to Wolfville, a rough Western town populated by gamblers and Indians. Shortly after he meets Cynthia, a sweet-natured local girl, Ellen, his former lover, arrives from the East and flirts with an Indian to make him jealous. The Indian, who takes Ellen's attentions seriously, sends her some ponies, which she accepts unwittingly as a gift. When she discovers that by Indian custom her acceptance amounts to a marriage agreement, she turns to Jim, promising to marry him in exchange for a way out. Jim kills the Indian in a duel, but Ellen reneges on the deal and jilts him once again. In the gambling saloon, "Smiling Jack" Douglas plots to kill Jim, but Cynthia intercedes by replacing his gun's bullets with blanks. To "Smiling Jack's" surprise, Jim resists his shots and charges him, eventually driving him from the town. His courage proven, the tenderfoot wins the heart and hand of Cynthia. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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