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The 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News reported that various situations had held up production on director Cliff Smith's new film, whose eventual title was The Devil Dodger. Two men were slightly injured one night when shot at close range with wax bullets. The next morning, U.S. Army cavalry officers arrived on set to recall four members of the "cowboy troop" back to service. Later that afternoon, returning from location, Roy Stewart and Carolyn Wagner found a skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull, and Stewart took three days working with the local sheriff to "clear up the mystery." ...

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The 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News reported that various situations had held up production on director Cliff Smith's new film, whose eventual title was The Devil Dodger. Two men were slightly injured one night when shot at close range with wax bullets. The next morning, U.S. Army cavalry officers arrived on set to recall four members of the "cowboy troop" back to service. Later that afternoon, returning from location, Roy Stewart and Carolyn Wagner found a skeleton with a bullet hole in the skull, and Stewart took three days working with the local sheriff to "clear up the mystery."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
3 Nov 1917
p. 710
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1917
p. 1485
Moving Picture World
13 Oct 1917
p. 300
Variety
5 Oct 1917
p. 41
Wid's
4 Oct 1917
p. 638
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Cliff Smith
Dir
WRITER
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 September 1917
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

To the lawless town of Snowstorm, Arizona, comes the sickly Reverend Roger Ingraham, determined to spread the word of God. The reverend's mission places him in direct conflict with town boss Silent Scott, who runs the gambling and dance halls. Driven to desperation over the hold that Scott has on the town, the reverend challenges the gambler, who is about to obliterate the holy man when Fluffy, Scott's saloon-girl mistress, intervenes and wins back the reverend's life through the draw of cards. Taking Ingraham home with her, Fluffy nurses him back to health, and the reverend falls in love with the saloon girl. However, when Scott's bitterest enemy rides into town, Ingraham realizes that Fluffy could not withstand Scott's death and so stops the bullet meant for the gambler. The last act the reverend performs before he dies is to conduct the ceremony which makes the gambler and saloon girl man and ...

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To the lawless town of Snowstorm, Arizona, comes the sickly Reverend Roger Ingraham, determined to spread the word of God. The reverend's mission places him in direct conflict with town boss Silent Scott, who runs the gambling and dance halls. Driven to desperation over the hold that Scott has on the town, the reverend challenges the gambler, who is about to obliterate the holy man when Fluffy, Scott's saloon-girl mistress, intervenes and wins back the reverend's life through the draw of cards. Taking Ingraham home with her, Fluffy nurses him back to health, and the reverend falls in love with the saloon girl. However, when Scott's bitterest enemy rides into town, Ingraham realizes that Fluffy could not withstand Scott's death and so stops the bullet meant for the gambler. The last act the reverend performs before he dies is to conduct the ceremony which makes the gambler and saloon girl man and wife.

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