The Heritage of the Desert (1924)

Western | 1924

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HISTORY

In a column called “A Letter From Location” that ran in the Mar 1924 Picture-Play, actress Bebe Daniels wrote that she was one of about seventy cast and crew members living at a tent camp in the wilds, "one hundred miles from Flagstaff, Arizona," on what appeared to be a Navajo Indian reservation. She mentioned that Otto Brower was assistant ... More Less

In a column called “A Letter From Location” that ran in the Mar 1924 Picture-Play, actress Bebe Daniels wrote that she was one of about seventy cast and crew members living at a tent camp in the wilds, "one hundred miles from Flagstaff, Arizona," on what appeared to be a Navajo Indian reservation. She mentioned that Otto Brower was assistant director. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Jan 1924.
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Moving Picture World
2 Feb 1924.
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New York Times
24 Jan 1924
p. 24.
Picture-Play
Mar 1924
pp. 83-84, 104.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey (New York, 1910).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1924
Premiere Information:
release: 20 January or 27 January 1924
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 January 1924
Copyright Number:
LP19874
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Length(in feet):
5,785
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Pioneer rancher August Naab finds easterner Jack Hare in the desert and takes him home. There, Mescal, Naab's Spanish-Indian ward, cares for and falls in love with Jack, although she is betrothed to Naab's wayward son, Snap. To avoid marrying Snap, Mescal flees to the desert and is captured by desert pirate Mal Holderness, a ruthless man seeking to control the water rights of the surrounding area by buying or seizing local ranches. Because Naab has refused to sell, Holderness begins a feud, taking Mescal prisoner and killing Snap, the prospective bridegroom, who has followed Mescal into the desert. As the leader of the law-abiding community, August Naab, with a group of sympathetic Indians, burns down the neighboring town serving as a hideout for Holderness and his gang. Mescal is rescued and returned to ... +


Pioneer rancher August Naab finds easterner Jack Hare in the desert and takes him home. There, Mescal, Naab's Spanish-Indian ward, cares for and falls in love with Jack, although she is betrothed to Naab's wayward son, Snap. To avoid marrying Snap, Mescal flees to the desert and is captured by desert pirate Mal Holderness, a ruthless man seeking to control the water rights of the surrounding area by buying or seizing local ranches. Because Naab has refused to sell, Holderness begins a feud, taking Mescal prisoner and killing Snap, the prospective bridegroom, who has followed Mescal into the desert. As the leader of the law-abiding community, August Naab, with a group of sympathetic Indians, burns down the neighboring town serving as a hideout for Holderness and his gang. Mescal is rescued and returned to Jack. +

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