Britton of the Seventh (1916)

Drama | 8 May 1916

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HISTORY

The 22 May 1915 Motion Picture News reported that principal photography was nearing completion. R. Peyton Gibbs was included among the cast. A review in the 22 Jan 1916 Moving Picture World stated that location filming took place in Texas with the participation of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry. According to the 6 May 1916 issue, Sioux tribesmen were portrayed by Native Americans from reservations in Oklahoma. Various sources have confirmed that scenarist Jasper Ewing Brady was the brother of Cyrus Townsend Brady, author of the 1914 source novel, Britton of the Seventh: A Romance of Custer and the Great Northwest.
       A 24 Jan 1916 release date was listed in the 5 Feb 1916 Motography. Three months later, the 13 May 1916 edition noted an 8 May 1916 release. Reviews appeared within close proximity to both dates. Although the 22 Jan 1916 Moving Picture News found merit in the film, the 6 May 1916 Var cited multiple contemporary sets, props, and weapons that were historically inappropriate to the story’s 1876 setting.
       Sources indicate that Logan Paul may be actor Paul ... More Less

The 22 May 1915 Motion Picture News reported that principal photography was nearing completion. R. Peyton Gibbs was included among the cast. A review in the 22 Jan 1916 Moving Picture World stated that location filming took place in Texas with the participation of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry. According to the 6 May 1916 issue, Sioux tribesmen were portrayed by Native Americans from reservations in Oklahoma. Various sources have confirmed that scenarist Jasper Ewing Brady was the brother of Cyrus Townsend Brady, author of the 1914 source novel, Britton of the Seventh: A Romance of Custer and the Great Northwest.
       A 24 Jan 1916 release date was listed in the 5 Feb 1916 Motography. Three months later, the 13 May 1916 edition noted an 8 May 1916 release. Reviews appeared within close proximity to both dates. Although the 22 Jan 1916 Moving Picture News found merit in the film, the 6 May 1916 Var cited multiple contemporary sets, props, and weapons that were historically inappropriate to the story’s 1876 setting.
       Sources indicate that Logan Paul may be actor Paul Logan. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
22 May 1915
p. 62
Motion Picture News
22 Jan 1916
p. 391
Motography
5 Feb 1916
p. 329
Motography
13 May 1916
p. 1119
Moving Picture World
15 Jan 1916
p. 439, 470
Moving Picture World
6 May 1916
p. 992
Moving Picture World
13 May 1916
p. 1155
Moving Picture World
20 May 1916
p. 1337, 1406
NYDM
29 Apr 1916
p. 26
Variety
6 May 1916
p. 23
Wid's Daily
11 May 1916
p. 566
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Britton of the Seventh: A Romance of Custer and the Great Northwest by Cyrus Townsend Brady (Chicago, 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 May 1916
Production Date:
ended late May 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
8 December 1915
Copyright Number:
LP7643
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lieutenant Tony Britton explains to his grandson that things were different back in 1876, when General George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry used muskets, and cavalry scouts did the work that airplanes do today. In 1876, Britton loves Barbara Manning. When Indian warrior Rain-in-the-Face scalps two soldiers of the Seventh to show his bravery to Indian maiden Otanowah, Britton is sent to arrest him. The tribe offers any three other Indians, but Britton captures Rain-in-the-Face and he is jailed. Meanwhile, Captain Granson's wife implores Britton to run away with her. He writes a note of refusal, but Captain Granson, learning of the affair, makes trouble. Rain-in-the-Face escapes and issues a threat against Captain Granson. To prove his innocence in the matter of the captain's wife, Tony cites the note, but Mrs. Granson refuses to acknowledge its existence, and so Tony is forced to resign his commission. He becomes an Indian scout and learns that the Indians are planning to attack. Britton tries to notify Custer, but his message arrives late, and Custer and his men are massacred. Rain-in-the-Face mutilates Captain Granson; however, before he dies, Granson finds the note clearing Tony and gives it to Custer. When the note turns up among Custer's effects, the cavalry re-admits Tony, and he and Barbara plan their ... +


Lieutenant Tony Britton explains to his grandson that things were different back in 1876, when General George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry used muskets, and cavalry scouts did the work that airplanes do today. In 1876, Britton loves Barbara Manning. When Indian warrior Rain-in-the-Face scalps two soldiers of the Seventh to show his bravery to Indian maiden Otanowah, Britton is sent to arrest him. The tribe offers any three other Indians, but Britton captures Rain-in-the-Face and he is jailed. Meanwhile, Captain Granson's wife implores Britton to run away with her. He writes a note of refusal, but Captain Granson, learning of the affair, makes trouble. Rain-in-the-Face escapes and issues a threat against Captain Granson. To prove his innocence in the matter of the captain's wife, Tony cites the note, but Mrs. Granson refuses to acknowledge its existence, and so Tony is forced to resign his commission. He becomes an Indian scout and learns that the Indians are planning to attack. Britton tries to notify Custer, but his message arrives late, and Custer and his men are massacred. Rain-in-the-Face mutilates Captain Granson; however, before he dies, Granson finds the note clearing Tony and gives it to Custer. When the note turns up among Custer's effects, the cavalry re-admits Tony, and he and Barbara plan their marriage. +

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