The Great Divide (1925)

Western | 15 February 1925

Director:

Reginald Barker

Writer:

Benjamin Glazer

Cinematographer:

Percy Hilburn

Editor:

Robert J. Kern

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The Jul 1924 AmCin reported that director Reginald Barker and cinematographer Percy Hilburn were scouting locations in Arizona for The Great Divide.
       Other films based on the William Vaughn Moody play include the 1915 Lubin film The Great Divide, directed by Edgar Lewis and starring Ethel Clayton and House Peters; the 1929 First National production, The Great Divide , directed by Reginald Barker and starring Alice Terry and Conway Tearle; and, the 1931 First National production, Woman Hungry, directed by Clarence Badger and starring Sidney Blackmer and Lila Lee (see entries). ...

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The Jul 1924 AmCin reported that director Reginald Barker and cinematographer Percy Hilburn were scouting locations in Arizona for The Great Divide.
       Other films based on the William Vaughn Moody play include the 1915 Lubin film The Great Divide, directed by Edgar Lewis and starring Ethel Clayton and House Peters; the 1929 First National production, The Great Divide , directed by Reginald Barker and starring Alice Terry and Conway Tearle; and, the 1931 First National production, Woman Hungry, directed by Clarence Badger and starring Sidney Blackmer and Lila Lee (see entries).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jul 1924
p. 4.
Film Daily
15 Feb 1925.
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New York Times
11 Feb 1925
p. 19.
Variety
11 Feb 1925
p. 32.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod under supv of
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Great Divide by William Vaughn Moody (New York, 3 Oct 1906).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 February 1925
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 8 Feb 1925
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
2 February 1925
LP21083
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,811
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Alone and unprotected in an isolated wilderness cabin, Ruth Jordan is discovered by three drunken brutes who begin to barter for her. In desperation, she appeals to Stephen Ghent, the least degraded of the desperadoes, promising herself to him if he saves her from the others. Ghent buys off Shorty with a chain of gold nuggets and knocks Dutch senseless. Ghent then sends Dutch off with Shorty and takes Ruth to the next town, where he forces her to marry him. During the 3-day ride across the desert to Ghent's gold mine, the idealistic Ruth learns that he is a man of rough passions. Ruth, later located by her brother, returns with him to his ranch. Having fallen in love with Ruth, Ghent goes to fetch her; but she refuses to go away with him and becomes desperately ill. Ghent rides to a distant village and gets a doctor; on the return trip, the doctor's horse falls and Stephen gives him his mount, placing himself in dire peril from a flood. A son is born to Ruth, and, when she hears of Stephen's heroic sacrifice, she realizes her love for him, and they are ...

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Alone and unprotected in an isolated wilderness cabin, Ruth Jordan is discovered by three drunken brutes who begin to barter for her. In desperation, she appeals to Stephen Ghent, the least degraded of the desperadoes, promising herself to him if he saves her from the others. Ghent buys off Shorty with a chain of gold nuggets and knocks Dutch senseless. Ghent then sends Dutch off with Shorty and takes Ruth to the next town, where he forces her to marry him. During the 3-day ride across the desert to Ghent's gold mine, the idealistic Ruth learns that he is a man of rough passions. Ruth, later located by her brother, returns with him to his ranch. Having fallen in love with Ruth, Ghent goes to fetch her; but she refuses to go away with him and becomes desperately ill. Ghent rides to a distant village and gets a doctor; on the return trip, the doctor's horse falls and Stephen gives him his mount, placing himself in dire peril from a flood. A son is born to Ruth, and, when she hears of Stephen's heroic sacrifice, she realizes her love for him, and they are reconciled.

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