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One news item announced that Thomas N. Heffron was to be the director of the film and C. H. Wales was to be the cameraman. This film was the second of the Red Saunders series made by Triangle and starring Roy Stewart. Previously Harry Carey had appeared as Red Saunders in The Fighting Gringo , a Universal feature made in 1917. Henry Wallace Phillips wrote many short stories and novels featuring the Red Saunders character. He also was known to have written directly for the screen, and it is unclear whether or not this particular story had been published ... More Less

One news item announced that Thomas N. Heffron was to be the director of the film and C. H. Wales was to be the cameraman. This film was the second of the Red Saunders series made by Triangle and starring Roy Stewart. Previously Harry Carey had appeared as Red Saunders in The Fighting Gringo , a Universal feature made in 1917. Henry Wallace Phillips wrote many short stories and novels featuring the Red Saunders character. He also was known to have written directly for the screen, and it is unclear whether or not this particular story had been published previously. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Jul 18
p. 475.
Motog
13 Jul 18
p. 56.
MPN
6 Jul 18
p. 66.
MPN
26 Jan 18
p. 20.
MPW
6 Jul 18
p. 95, 118
MPW
13 Jul 18
p. 247.
NYDM
20 Jul 18
p. 88.
Variety
5 Jul 18
p. 30.
Wid's
30 Jun 18
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 June 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bob Allers, an unfortunate consumptive, and his wife are traveling to Arizona for medicinal purposes. On the way, a highwayman robs them of horse and money. Destitute, they are befriended by William "Red" Saunders, whose sympathy and innate love for his fellow man lands Allers a job in the local saloon. Soon after, when the same highwayman attempts to rob the saloon, Allers kills him with a hammer thrown in self-defense, unaware that the outlaw is the brother of the sheriff. Convicted for murder by the vengeful sheriff, Allers is defended by "Red." The corrupt jury makes its final decision based on whether a crawling fly reaches the top of a window pane. Allers is acquitted, then reunited with his happy wife and newborn child, and they all leave ... +


Bob Allers, an unfortunate consumptive, and his wife are traveling to Arizona for medicinal purposes. On the way, a highwayman robs them of horse and money. Destitute, they are befriended by William "Red" Saunders, whose sympathy and innate love for his fellow man lands Allers a job in the local saloon. Soon after, when the same highwayman attempts to rob the saloon, Allers kills him with a hammer thrown in self-defense, unaware that the outlaw is the brother of the sheriff. Convicted for murder by the vengeful sheriff, Allers is defended by "Red." The corrupt jury makes its final decision based on whether a crawling fly reaches the top of a window pane. Allers is acquitted, then reunited with his happy wife and newborn child, and they all leave together. +

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