Heart of the Sunset (1918)

Western | March 1918

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HISTORY

MPW records a length of five reels for the film. Rex Beach directed the film's editing, according to a news item. One source notes that the novel was written in serial form. Much of the film was shot at Eagle Pass and Corpus Christi, TX, according to a news ... More Less

MPW records a length of five reels for the film. Rex Beach directed the film's editing, according to a news item. One source notes that the novel was written in serial form. Much of the film was shot at Eagle Pass and Corpus Christi, TX, according to a news item. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
2 Feb 18
p. 743.
ETR
23 Mar 18
p. 1261.
ETR
20 Apr 18
p. 1604.
MPN
26 Apr 18
p. 41.
MPW
20 Apr 18
pp. 432-33, 435
NYDM
27 Apr 18
p. 595.
Variety
12 Jul 18
p. 34.
Wid's
18 Apr 18
p. 1092.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Rex Beach Special
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Heart of the Sunset by Rex Beach (New York, 1913).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1918
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

With her dissolute husband Ed, Alaire Austin runs a cattle ranch on the Texas-Mexican border. After Dave Law, a Texas ranger, saves her from dying of thirst in the desert, the two fall in love. Longorio, a Mexican bandit who longs to possess the beautiful Alaire, orders his men to kill her husband and take control of the ranch. The bandit captures Alaire and then forces an old priest to marry them, but before the ceremony is performed, Dave arrives and secretly marries her himself. The couple escapes and seeks refuge in a little house just inside the Mexican border, but Longorio's men pursue them and set the building on fire. Just in time, a force of United States cavalrymen arrives and conducts the couple across the Rio Grande to ... +


With her dissolute husband Ed, Alaire Austin runs a cattle ranch on the Texas-Mexican border. After Dave Law, a Texas ranger, saves her from dying of thirst in the desert, the two fall in love. Longorio, a Mexican bandit who longs to possess the beautiful Alaire, orders his men to kill her husband and take control of the ranch. The bandit captures Alaire and then forces an old priest to marry them, but before the ceremony is performed, Dave arrives and secretly marries her himself. The couple escapes and seeks refuge in a little house just inside the Mexican border, but Longorio's men pursue them and set the building on fire. Just in time, a force of United States cavalrymen arrives and conducts the couple across the Rio Grande to safety. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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