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This was utilized as a propaganda picture for the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive during World War ... More Less

This was utilized as a propaganda picture for the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive during World War I. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
12 Oct 18
p. 1617.
MPN
12 Oct 18
pp. 2389-95, 2445
MPW
12 Oct 18
p. 150, 274
New York Times
12 Oct 18
p. 275.
Variety
11 Oct 18
p. 46.
Wid's
6 Oct 18
pp. 21-22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 October 1918
Copyright Claimant:
William S. Hart Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12868
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,353
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After the death of his parents, Steve Ransom becomes an outlaw, robbing the railroad company that took control of his parents' Wyoming ranch. In Arizona, he rescues Elsa Miller from a group of bandits near the Mexican border and falls in love with her. Elsa, a telegrapher, is unwittingly connected to a band of German spies operating a wireless that transmits messages to Berlin. When war is declared, Steve tries to enlist, but Herman Brandt, a German spy who also loves Elsa, sends word to the training camp that Steve is an outlaw. While hiding out in a canyon, Steve prevents the Germans from sending an important message to Berlin, after which he destroys the wireless. The charges against him are dropped, and as he leaves for the fronts of France, he promises Elsa that he will return to marry ... +


After the death of his parents, Steve Ransom becomes an outlaw, robbing the railroad company that took control of his parents' Wyoming ranch. In Arizona, he rescues Elsa Miller from a group of bandits near the Mexican border and falls in love with her. Elsa, a telegrapher, is unwittingly connected to a band of German spies operating a wireless that transmits messages to Berlin. When war is declared, Steve tries to enlist, but Herman Brandt, a German spy who also loves Elsa, sends word to the training camp that Steve is an outlaw. While hiding out in a canyon, Steve prevents the Germans from sending an important message to Berlin, after which he destroys the wireless. The charges against him are dropped, and as he leaves for the fronts of France, he promises Elsa that he will return to marry her. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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