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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
30 Oct 1915
p. 914.
Motog
27 Nov 1915
p. 1164.
MPN
30 Oct 1915
p. 86.
MPN
8 Jan 1916
pp. 255-56, 261
MPW
30 Oct 1915
p. 810.
MPW
6 Nov 1915
p. 1208.
New York Times
18 Oct 1915
p.9.
NYDM
30 Oct 1915
p. 28.
Variety
22 Oct 1915
p. 24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Triangle Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP10584
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,921
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Frontier preacher Jim Houston arrives in Barren Gulch with his wife Mary and daughter Alice to administer to the spiritual needs of the lawless mining community. Aided by the sheriff, "Birdshot" Bivens, Houston infiltrates the town with his gospel teachings, creating many enemies along the way, including "Doc" Hardy, the current proprietor of the rowdy local saloon. While Houston builds a new church, Hardy seduces Mary and convinces her to desert her family and leave town with him. Upon learning of Mary's defection, Houston bitterly denounces his religion and flees to the wilderness with Alice. Months later Mary hears that Houston has died, and she and Hardy return to Barren Gulch to investigate. Left alone in a cabin outside of town, Mary ventures into a terrible storm and ends up at Houston's hideaway where Alice lies gravely ill. Houston brings Hardy back from town at gun point, insisting that the physician tend to Alice. For saving his daughter's life, Houston spares Hardy, who then forces Mary to choose her mate. Pointing to Alice in Houston's bed, Mary returns to her husband's ... +


Frontier preacher Jim Houston arrives in Barren Gulch with his wife Mary and daughter Alice to administer to the spiritual needs of the lawless mining community. Aided by the sheriff, "Birdshot" Bivens, Houston infiltrates the town with his gospel teachings, creating many enemies along the way, including "Doc" Hardy, the current proprietor of the rowdy local saloon. While Houston builds a new church, Hardy seduces Mary and convinces her to desert her family and leave town with him. Upon learning of Mary's defection, Houston bitterly denounces his religion and flees to the wilderness with Alice. Months later Mary hears that Houston has died, and she and Hardy return to Barren Gulch to investigate. Left alone in a cabin outside of town, Mary ventures into a terrible storm and ends up at Houston's hideaway where Alice lies gravely ill. Houston brings Hardy back from town at gun point, insisting that the physician tend to Alice. For saving his daughter's life, Houston spares Hardy, who then forces Mary to choose her mate. Pointing to Alice in Houston's bed, Mary returns to her husband's side. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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