Three Word Brand (1921)

Western | 16 October 1921

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Producer:

William S. Hart

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Production Company:

William S. Hart Co.
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HISTORY

An item in the 25 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World announced that William S. Hart would appear in Paramount Pictures’ Three Word Brand. Hart was set to play the titular role, as well as his character’s twin brother, and the brothers’ father.
       The 10 Dec 1921 issue of Exhibitors Trade Review listed a release date of 8 Oct 1921. However, items in the 29 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News and 24 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Herald stated that the film opened on 16 Oct 1921. A pre-release engagement took place at New York City’s Rivoli Theatre, on Broadway.
       On 3 Dec 1921, Exhibitors Trade Review noted the film was receiving positive response at Wells Theatre in Norfolk, VA. Similarly, the 10 Dec 1921 issue of Moving Picture World published a favorable review from a moviegoer who saw the film at Rialto Theatre in Enid, OK.
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An item in the 25 Jun 1921 Moving Picture World announced that William S. Hart would appear in Paramount Pictures’ Three Word Brand. Hart was set to play the titular role, as well as his character’s twin brother, and the brothers’ father.
       The 10 Dec 1921 issue of Exhibitors Trade Review listed a release date of 8 Oct 1921. However, items in the 29 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News and 24 Dec 1921 Exhibitors Herald stated that the film opened on 16 Oct 1921. A pre-release engagement took place at New York City’s Rivoli Theatre, on Broadway.
       On 3 Dec 1921, Exhibitors Trade Review noted the film was receiving positive response at Wells Theatre in Norfolk, VA. Similarly, the 10 Dec 1921 issue of Moving Picture World published a favorable review from a moviegoer who saw the film at Rialto Theatre in Enid, OK.


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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
24 Dec 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
3 Dec 1921.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
10 Dec 1921.
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Film Daily
2 Oct 1921.
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Motion Picture News
29 Oct 1921.
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Moving Picture World
25 Jun 1921.
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Moving Picture World
20 Dec 1921.
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Photoplay
Dec 1921.
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Variety
30 Sep 1921
p. 35.
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 October 1921
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca25 September 1921 at the Rivoli Theatre
Copyright Claimant:
William S. Hart Co.
Copyright Date:
16 October 1921
Copyright Number:
LP17783
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,638
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Ben Trego, a pioneer ambushed by Indians, sends his twin boys to safety and kills himself rather than fall into the hands of his attackers. The twins grow to manhood in separate parts of Utah: Marsden is governor of the state, and the other, known as "Three Word" Brand because of his economy of speech, is a rancher. Brand's partner, George Barton, is framed for murder by the owners of an adjoining ranch, since he and Brand are opposed to a bill that would give control of water rights to politicians. The governor, who is urged to sign the act, resolves to investigate the matter himself; when Brand notices their strong resemblance, he goes to the capital, impersonates the governor (having Marsden detained), vetoes the water rights act, and signs a pardon for Barton. Meanwhile, he returns to find that Marsden, mistaken by his enemies for Brand, has been wounded. Brand then evens the score with them, learns of his brother's identity, and wins the hand of Ethel, his partner's ... +


Ben Trego, a pioneer ambushed by Indians, sends his twin boys to safety and kills himself rather than fall into the hands of his attackers. The twins grow to manhood in separate parts of Utah: Marsden is governor of the state, and the other, known as "Three Word" Brand because of his economy of speech, is a rancher. Brand's partner, George Barton, is framed for murder by the owners of an adjoining ranch, since he and Brand are opposed to a bill that would give control of water rights to politicians. The governor, who is urged to sign the act, resolves to investigate the matter himself; when Brand notices their strong resemblance, he goes to the capital, impersonates the governor (having Marsden detained), vetoes the water rights act, and signs a pardon for Barton. Meanwhile, he returns to find that Marsden, mistaken by his enemies for Brand, has been wounded. Brand then evens the score with them, learns of his brother's identity, and wins the hand of Ethel, his partner's sister. +

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