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Scenes for the film were shot at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville and at other Kentucky locations. Dazey's play was performed throughout the United States for many years. Another adapation was filmed again in 1927 by M-G-M, with James Murray starring and John M. Stahl directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2688); and in 1935 by Fox, with Will Rogers starring and George Marshall ... More Less

Scenes for the film were shot at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville and at other Kentucky locations. Dazey's play was performed throughout the United States for many years. Another adapation was filmed again in 1927 by M-G-M, with James Murray starring and John M. Stahl directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2688); and in 1935 by Fox, with Will Rogers starring and George Marshall directing. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
20 Dec 19
p. 273.
MPN
3 Jan 20
p. 484.
MPW
3 Jan 20
p. 145.
New York Morning Telegraph
13 Oct 19
p. 16.
Wid's
28 Dec 19
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 December 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Associated First National Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 December 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15856
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Illiterate Blue Ridge Mountain girl Madge Brierly falls in love with vacationing Blue Grass aristocrat Frank Layson, when he stops Horace Holten from defrauding her of her coal-rich lands. For revenge, Holten tells moonshiner Joe Lorey, who loves Madge, that Frank is a revenue officer. After Madge rescues Frank from Joe's attack, they go to Frank's home, where he teaches her reading and writing, and she rescues his racehorse, Queen Bess, from a fire set by Holten. Because Frank has nearly all of his family's money riding on the big Kentucky race, Holten gets Frank's jockey drunk. Madge, discovering this, disguises herself and rides Queen Bess to victory. She leaves for home unnoticed, and comes across the Night Riders chasing Lorey. After she persuades them that Holten killed her father years earlier, and was responsible for Lorey's attack, they chase Holten who falls from a mountain and dies. Years later, Madge's and Frank's children play at ... +


Illiterate Blue Ridge Mountain girl Madge Brierly falls in love with vacationing Blue Grass aristocrat Frank Layson, when he stops Horace Holten from defrauding her of her coal-rich lands. For revenge, Holten tells moonshiner Joe Lorey, who loves Madge, that Frank is a revenue officer. After Madge rescues Frank from Joe's attack, they go to Frank's home, where he teaches her reading and writing, and she rescues his racehorse, Queen Bess, from a fire set by Holten. Because Frank has nearly all of his family's money riding on the big Kentucky race, Holten gets Frank's jockey drunk. Madge, discovering this, disguises herself and rides Queen Bess to victory. She leaves for home unnoticed, and comes across the Night Riders chasing Lorey. After she persuades them that Holten killed her father years earlier, and was responsible for Lorey's attack, they chase Holten who falls from a mountain and dies. Years later, Madge's and Frank's children play at feuding. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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