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The 11 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News reported that Artcraft's fourth William S. Hart film, later to be titled Blues Blazes Rawden, was being filmed in the "redwood country and lumbering camps" of northern California, near Santa Cruz. They planned to film exteriors there for ten days. ... More Less

The 11 Dec 1917 Motion Picture News reported that Artcraft's fourth William S. Hart film, later to be titled Blues Blazes Rawden, was being filmed in the "redwood country and lumbering camps" of northern California, near Santa Cruz. They planned to film exteriors there for ten days. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
26 Jan 1918
p. 673.
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Feb 1918
p. 990.
Motion Picture News
11 Dec 1917
p. 4220.
Moving Picture World
16 Feb 1918
p. 1007.
Moving Picture World
3 Aug 1918
p. 723.
New York Times
18 Feb 1918
p. 9:2.
NYDM
26 Jan 1918
p. 26.
NYDM
23 Feb 1918
p. 18, 24
Variety
15 Mar 1918
p. 46.
Wid's
21 Feb 1918
p. 964.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 February 1918
Production Date:
late 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William S. Hart Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12033
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Tough lumberjack Blue Blazes Rawden takes up residence at the hotel of the equally tough Englishman, Ladyfingers Hilgard. Because Blue Blazes beats him at cards and steals the heart of his woman, Babette Du Fresne, Hilgard challenges Blue Blazes to a gunfight and is killed. Hilgard's mother and brother Eric soon visit the hotel, and Blue Blazes, touched by Mrs. Hilgard's gentle nature, tells her Hilgard died honorably. Babette, angry at Blue Blazes's inattention, tells Eric the truth, and Eric, enraged, shoots and seriously wounds Blue Blazes. After saving Eric from a lynch mob, Blue Blazes makes him promise never to tell Mrs. Hilgard what he knows and leaves town a reformed ... +


Tough lumberjack Blue Blazes Rawden takes up residence at the hotel of the equally tough Englishman, Ladyfingers Hilgard. Because Blue Blazes beats him at cards and steals the heart of his woman, Babette Du Fresne, Hilgard challenges Blue Blazes to a gunfight and is killed. Hilgard's mother and brother Eric soon visit the hotel, and Blue Blazes, touched by Mrs. Hilgard's gentle nature, tells her Hilgard died honorably. Babette, angry at Blue Blazes's inattention, tells Eric the truth, and Eric, enraged, shoots and seriously wounds Blue Blazes. After saving Eric from a lynch mob, Blue Blazes makes him promise never to tell Mrs. Hilgard what he knows and leaves town a reformed man. +

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