Hell Bent (1918)

Western | 6 July 1918

Director:

John Ford

Writer:

Production Company:

Universal Film Mfg Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

In response to the Ohio Censor Board's objection to the word "Hell" in the title, a Universal executive renamed this film, The Three Bad Men . MPN reviewed it under the latter title, crediting the scenario to E. B. Lewis. Modern sources include M. K. Wilson and Steve Clemento in the ... More Less

In response to the Ohio Censor Board's objection to the word "Hell" in the title, a Universal executive renamed this film, The Three Bad Men . MPN reviewed it under the latter title, crediting the scenario to E. B. Lewis. Modern sources include M. K. Wilson and Steve Clemento in the cast. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
29 Jun 18
p. 324.
Motog
6 Jul 18
pp. 10-11.
MPN
29 Jun 18
p. 3949.
MPW
23 Feb 18
p. 1141.
NYDM
13 Jul 18
p. 53.
Wid's
23 Jun 18
pp. 23-24.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Three Bad Men
Release Date:
6 July 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 June 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12517
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,540
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Cheyenne Harry arrives in the town of Rawhide, where he befriends cowboy Cimmaron Bill and Bess Thurston, who works in the local dance hall in order to support her sick mother. Beau Ross, the leader of a gang of outlaws, is infatuated with Bess, and after he convinces her brother Jack to join his gang, he abducts her. Beau captures Cheyenne, but the latter escapes by overpowering Jack and stealing his clothes. Disguised as Jack, Cheyenne catches Beau, and the two embark on a fifty-mile walk across the desert. When they finally reach the nearest water hole and find it dry, Beau expires, while Cheyenne is rescued by Cimmaron ... +


Cheyenne Harry arrives in the town of Rawhide, where he befriends cowboy Cimmaron Bill and Bess Thurston, who works in the local dance hall in order to support her sick mother. Beau Ross, the leader of a gang of outlaws, is infatuated with Bess, and after he convinces her brother Jack to join his gang, he abducts her. Beau captures Cheyenne, but the latter escapes by overpowering Jack and stealing his clothes. Disguised as Jack, Cheyenne catches Beau, and the two embark on a fifty-mile walk across the desert. When they finally reach the nearest water hole and find it dry, Beau expires, while Cheyenne is rescued by Cimmaron Bill. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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