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The actress portraying "Mary Moore" is identified on an intertitle card as Wilamae Carson, but otherwise credited as Willie May Carson. The star is referred to as both J. B. Warner and James B. Warner.
       Metropolitan Productions, Inc. announced in a full page ad in the 11 Jun 1922 FD that James B. Warner was starring in "a series of a six comedy-drama specials," one of which was Big Stakes. The 15 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Herald reported that the title had recently been change from High Stakes, which was the title of the magazine short story it was adopted from. Another Western called For Big Stakes, starring Tom Mix, was also in theaters at the same time.
       Franklyn E. Backer, president of East Coast Productions, Inc., told the 12 Aug 1922 Exhibitors Herald that "within a few weeks" he hoped to sell the six J. B. Warner Westerns to 100% of independent theater buyers. Because of Warner's growing legion of fans, he was signed to a new contract to make more films as soon as the first six were ... More Less

The actress portraying "Mary Moore" is identified on an intertitle card as Wilamae Carson, but otherwise credited as Willie May Carson. The star is referred to as both J. B. Warner and James B. Warner.
       Metropolitan Productions, Inc. announced in a full page ad in the 11 Jun 1922 FD that James B. Warner was starring in "a series of a six comedy-drama specials," one of which was Big Stakes. The 15 Jul 1922 Exhibitors Herald reported that the title had recently been change from High Stakes, which was the title of the magazine short story it was adopted from. Another Western called For Big Stakes, starring Tom Mix, was also in theaters at the same time.
       Franklyn E. Backer, president of East Coast Productions, Inc., told the 12 Aug 1922 Exhibitors Herald that "within a few weeks" he hoped to sell the six J. B. Warner Westerns to 100% of independent theater buyers. Because of Warner's growing legion of fans, he was signed to a new contract to make more films as soon as the first six were completed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
8 Jul 1922
p. 44.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
15 Jul 1922
p. 43.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
12 Aug 1922
p. 78.
Film Daily
11 Jun 1922
p. 94.
Motion Picture News
Oct 1922
p. 11.
MPW
30 Sep 1922.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Clifford S. Elfelt Presents
A Clifford S. Elfelt Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Adapted from Earl Wayland Bowman's story "High Stakes" in American Magazine (Sep 1920) .
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
High Stakes
Release Date:
15 August 1922
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,650
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jim Gregory, the foreman at the Crazy Snake Rancho, has an ongoing feud with pool hall owner "Bully" Brand over the affections of Mary Moore, the waitress at the White Star. However, he adds to his problems when he returns the attentions of Mercedes Aloyez, the daughter of a wealthy Mexican rancher. Mercedes is betrothed to Captain Montaya, who surprises Mercedes and Gregory in a rendezvous. The captain threatens to let loose a dangerous reptile on the cowboy, but instead finds himself wagering his life against Gregory's with jumping beans. A victorious Gregory spares Montaya, but gives Mercedes the choice of who will live. This situation is interrupted by a request for help from Mary, who has been captured by night riders. Gregory leaves Mercedes and Montaya to rescue and find happiness with the ... +


Jim Gregory, the foreman at the Crazy Snake Rancho, has an ongoing feud with pool hall owner "Bully" Brand over the affections of Mary Moore, the waitress at the White Star. However, he adds to his problems when he returns the attentions of Mercedes Aloyez, the daughter of a wealthy Mexican rancher. Mercedes is betrothed to Captain Montaya, who surprises Mercedes and Gregory in a rendezvous. The captain threatens to let loose a dangerous reptile on the cowboy, but instead finds himself wagering his life against Gregory's with jumping beans. A victorious Gregory spares Montaya, but gives Mercedes the choice of who will live. This situation is interrupted by a request for help from Mary, who has been captured by night riders. Gregory leaves Mercedes and Montaya to rescue and find happiness with the waitress. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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