The Firefly of Tough Luck (1917)

Western | 21 October 1917

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HISTORY

This film was re-issued 6 Nov 1921. It is unclear whether Werker served as assistant director, casting director, or ... More Less

This film was re-issued 6 Nov 1921. It is unclear whether Werker served as assistant director, casting director, or both. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
27 Oct 17
p. 1669.
Motog
27 Oct 17
p. 888.
MPN
27 Oct 17
p. 2899, 2952
MPW
23 Jun 17
p. 1952, 1988
MPW
3 Nov 17
p. 762.
NYDM
20 Oct 17
p. 16.
Variety
19 Oct 17
p. 31.
Wid's
18 Oct 17
p. 672.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 October 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,911
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

"Tough Luck" Baxter, returning from a prospecting trip, meets Happy Jack Clarke, a former citizen of Baxter City, a boom town which became a ghost town when the gold petered out. A game of cards decides that Clarke will go back to Baxter City with "Tough Luck" in search of ore. Meanwhile, the Firefly, a New York music hall entertainer out of a job, is ordered by her parasitic husband Bert Wilcox to perform at the dance hall in Baxter City. Upon her arrival, she finds the town deserted and strikes out on the open trail. Overcome by the desert, she is rescued and brought back to Baxter City by Danny Ward, a former Yale athlete. Together, "Tough Luck," Clarke, Danny and Firefly organize a family and strike gold. Danny, having fallen in love with Firefly, proposes to her on the very night that her worthless husband comes to town. Wilcox loots the assayer's office, is caught, convicted, and thrown out of town. Out of loyalty, Firefly accompanies him. Danny follows them and finds Firefly abandoned in the desert by Wilcox who has stolen her money and water. Justice is served when Wilcox perishes in a den of rattlesnakes, thus freeing Firefly to return with Danny to Baxter ... +


"Tough Luck" Baxter, returning from a prospecting trip, meets Happy Jack Clarke, a former citizen of Baxter City, a boom town which became a ghost town when the gold petered out. A game of cards decides that Clarke will go back to Baxter City with "Tough Luck" in search of ore. Meanwhile, the Firefly, a New York music hall entertainer out of a job, is ordered by her parasitic husband Bert Wilcox to perform at the dance hall in Baxter City. Upon her arrival, she finds the town deserted and strikes out on the open trail. Overcome by the desert, she is rescued and brought back to Baxter City by Danny Ward, a former Yale athlete. Together, "Tough Luck," Clarke, Danny and Firefly organize a family and strike gold. Danny, having fallen in love with Firefly, proposes to her on the very night that her worthless husband comes to town. Wilcox loots the assayer's office, is caught, convicted, and thrown out of town. Out of loyalty, Firefly accompanies him. Danny follows them and finds Firefly abandoned in the desert by Wilcox who has stolen her money and water. Justice is served when Wilcox perishes in a den of rattlesnakes, thus freeing Firefly to return with Danny to Baxter City. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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