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HISTORY

Var reviewed the film twice, printing a favorable review on 2 Jun 1926 and a generally negative one on 9 Jun, which included the following statement: "This second review of a picture is brought about through a rule in the New York office of Variety that where two of the reveiwers disagree with the printed review of the picture, a second review shall follow."
       The Edison Mfg. Co. produced a two-reel adaptation of Richard Harding Davis's novel and play in 1910, starring William J. Sorelle. Another feature adaptation was produced by Thomas A. Edison Co. in 1915, directed by Richard Ridgley and starring Edward Earle (see ... More Less

Var reviewed the film twice, printing a favorable review on 2 Jun 1926 and a generally negative one on 9 Jun, which included the following statement: "This second review of a picture is brought about through a rule in the New York office of Variety that where two of the reveiwers disagree with the printed review of the picture, a second review shall follow."
       The Edison Mfg. Co. produced a two-reel adaptation of Richard Harding Davis's novel and play in 1910, starring William J. Sorelle. Another feature adaptation was produced by Thomas A. Edison Co. in 1915, directed by Richard Ridgley and starring Edward Earle (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 May 1926.
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New York Times
31 May 1926
p. 10.
Variety
2 Jun 1926
p. 14.
Variety
26 Jun 1926
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Sidney Olcott Production
A First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film cutter
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Ranson's Folly by Richard Harding Davis (New York, 1902)and his play of the same name (New York, 18 Jan 1904).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 May 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Inspiration Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 May 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22672
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,322
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lieutenant Ranson, an adventuresome United States Army officer, finds life dreary at his outpost on the western frontier, though he is in love with Mary Cahill. Ranson decides to hold up the stagecoach as a harmless prank, disguised as the "Red Rider," a notorious bandit; in the stage are a Miss Post and her aunt, coming to visit Colonel Bolland. Ranson doubles back to the post, dons his dress uniform, and claims a dance with Miss Post. Word arrives that the paymaster, following the stage, has been shot by the "Red Rider" after the stage holdup; and concluding that Ranson is guilty, military police arrest him and confine him to his quarters, where he is visited by Mary, who alone believes him innocent. At the court-martial Mary's father gives evidence against Ranson; and realizing that he might be freed at Cahill's expense, Ranson pleads guilty. When Cahill discovers his daughter's love for Ranson, he confesses, but word is received of the guilty party's capture elsewhere. The course of true love is ... +


Lieutenant Ranson, an adventuresome United States Army officer, finds life dreary at his outpost on the western frontier, though he is in love with Mary Cahill. Ranson decides to hold up the stagecoach as a harmless prank, disguised as the "Red Rider," a notorious bandit; in the stage are a Miss Post and her aunt, coming to visit Colonel Bolland. Ranson doubles back to the post, dons his dress uniform, and claims a dance with Miss Post. Word arrives that the paymaster, following the stage, has been shot by the "Red Rider" after the stage holdup; and concluding that Ranson is guilty, military police arrest him and confine him to his quarters, where he is visited by Mary, who alone believes him innocent. At the court-martial Mary's father gives evidence against Ranson; and realizing that he might be freed at Cahill's expense, Ranson pleads guilty. When Cahill discovers his daughter's love for Ranson, he confesses, but word is received of the guilty party's capture elsewhere. The course of true love is cleared. +

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