The Woman Hater (1910)

Western, Romance | 26 November 1910

Director:

Joseph A. Golden

Production Company:

The Powers Co.
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HISTORY

The Women Hater was preserved by the George Eastman Museum from source material provided by the New Zealand Archive. An incomplete print was viewed for this record at the National Film Preservation Foundation website. The name of the protagonist in the print viewed, “Hal Merritt,” differs from the summary below from the 3 Dec 1910 Moving Picture World, which gives the name, “Carroll Morten.” None of the other character names are provided in the extant print, with the exception of two offscreen roles, “Madeleine” (Hal's lost love) and “Ted Morten” (the man she leaves him for).
       According to the 3 Dec 1910 Moving Picture World, the plot is as follows: “Carrol Morten, a young society man, disappointed in love, becomes a woman-hater. To get away from women he visits the ranch of an old friend, ‘Pop’ Lamed. Enter ‘Pop's’ pretty niece also for an unexpected visit. Morten snubs the girl, who has fallen in love with him. While out riding Morten is captured by some bad Indians and in the struggle to save his life Morten kills one of the Indians. The band carry Morten off to torture him by fire. The girl sees the Indians capture Morten and after a thrilling ride pursued by an Indian, the girl reaches the ranch house and tells of Morten’s plight. The brave girl leads eight white men to where Morten, bound to a tree, is about to be burned to death. The white men arrive just in time and with a few well-directed shots, drive off the Indians and rescue Morten. In the last scene the woman hater realizes that all girls are not alike, ... More Less

The Women Hater was preserved by the George Eastman Museum from source material provided by the New Zealand Archive. An incomplete print was viewed for this record at the National Film Preservation Foundation website. The name of the protagonist in the print viewed, “Hal Merritt,” differs from the summary below from the 3 Dec 1910 Moving Picture World, which gives the name, “Carroll Morten.” None of the other character names are provided in the extant print, with the exception of two offscreen roles, “Madeleine” (Hal's lost love) and “Ted Morten” (the man she leaves him for).
       According to the 3 Dec 1910 Moving Picture World, the plot is as follows: “Carrol Morten, a young society man, disappointed in love, becomes a woman-hater. To get away from women he visits the ranch of an old friend, ‘Pop’ Lamed. Enter ‘Pop's’ pretty niece also for an unexpected visit. Morten snubs the girl, who has fallen in love with him. While out riding Morten is captured by some bad Indians and in the struggle to save his life Morten kills one of the Indians. The band carry Morten off to torture him by fire. The girl sees the Indians capture Morten and after a thrilling ride pursued by an Indian, the girl reaches the ranch house and tells of Morten’s plight. The brave girl leads eight white men to where Morten, bound to a tree, is about to be burned to death. The white men arrive just in time and with a few well-directed shots, drive off the Indians and rescue Morten. In the last scene the woman hater realizes that all girls are not alike, and he breaks his vow.”
       The 10 Dec 1910 Moving Picture World ran the following review: “He clearly thought he was a woman hater, but the story tells in an intense way how a woman helped the man to read his own heart, and what came of it. It is a Western tale, but told as the Powers actors tell it, there is more human interest displayed than is sometimes developed in these films, with the result that an audience follows the film with the closest attention. A good Western drama, depicting the life there as it is popularly supposed to be, is still popular, and this one deserves to rank in the popular list. The Powers people are to be congratulated upon their success in producing such an excellent piece of work.”
       Thanhouser Film Corp. released an earlier film in 1910 also titled The Woman Hater (see entry); the year before, S. Lubin released another film called The Woman Hater (1909, see entry).
       In 1909, P. A. “Pat” Powers opened the Powers Company in a large, renovated building at 241st Street and Richardson Avenue in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, NY. He released the first of more than 120 Powers films in early Nov 1909. Actresses Pearl White and Juliet Shelby, later known as Mary Miles Minter, made their first films for Powers. The company later became part of the new Universal Pictures. More Less

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Moving Picture News
26 Nov 1910
p. 16tl[EMP].
Moving Picture News
3 Dec 1910
p. 24tl.
Moving Picture World
23 Apr 1910
p. 636-637.
Moving Picture World
26 Nov 1910
p. 1212ta, 1254tl.
Moving Picture World
3 Dec 1910
p. 1310ts.
Moving Picture World
10 Dec 1910
p. 1359tr.
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Release Date:
26 November 1910
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
975
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wealthy socialite Hal Merritt receives a letter from his sweetheart, Madeleine, informing him that she has fallen in love with another man. Hal tears up the note in rage and writes to an “old friend” whom he intends to visit at his ranch for one month so he can liberate himself from women. Hal writes: “I hate the sex.” Upon his arrival, Hal is displeased to find that the rancher is also hosting his young niece. Hal rides his horse into the woods to evade the girl, unaware that she has followed. There, Hal fights off a Native American who tries to steal his horse and accidentally stabs the warrior. Tribesmen abduct Hal and the girl hurries home, chased by one of the Indians. She is rescued by a cowboy and a posse forms to save Hal, who has been tied to a tree for burning. The girl and her companions arrive just in time, shooting the Indians and releasing the unconscious Hal from his binds. Back at the ranch, the girl spoon feeds the bandaged Hal and questions, “Do you hate all women?” They lean in to kiss, but are interrupted by her uncle, who skulks away to give the couple a private moment of ... +


Wealthy socialite Hal Merritt receives a letter from his sweetheart, Madeleine, informing him that she has fallen in love with another man. Hal tears up the note in rage and writes to an “old friend” whom he intends to visit at his ranch for one month so he can liberate himself from women. Hal writes: “I hate the sex.” Upon his arrival, Hal is displeased to find that the rancher is also hosting his young niece. Hal rides his horse into the woods to evade the girl, unaware that she has followed. There, Hal fights off a Native American who tries to steal his horse and accidentally stabs the warrior. Tribesmen abduct Hal and the girl hurries home, chased by one of the Indians. She is rescued by a cowboy and a posse forms to save Hal, who has been tied to a tree for burning. The girl and her companions arrive just in time, shooting the Indians and releasing the unconscious Hal from his binds. Back at the ranch, the girl spoon feeds the bandaged Hal and questions, “Do you hate all women?” They lean in to kiss, but are interrupted by her uncle, who skulks away to give the couple a private moment of passion. +

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