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According to the Var review, the initial project was conceived by producer Thomas H. Ince, under whom footage of a Canadian buffalo drive was shot, intended for use when principal photography began. After Ince's death in Nov 1924, producer Hunt Stromberg acquired half interest in the film, with Metropolitan taking over the other half. Hunt later sold his rights to Metropolitan Pictures to complete the ... More Less

According to the Var review, the initial project was conceived by producer Thomas H. Ince, under whom footage of a Canadian buffalo drive was shot, intended for use when principal photography began. After Ince's death in Nov 1924, producer Hunt Stromberg acquired half interest in the film, with Metropolitan taking over the other half. Hunt later sold his rights to Metropolitan Pictures to complete the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Variety
20 Oct 1926
p. 67.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Last Frontier by Courtney Ryley Cooper (Boston, 1923).
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 August 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Metropolitan Pictures Corp. of California
Copyright Date:
6 August 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23026
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,800
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Impoverished by the Civil War and eager to replenish his fortune in the West, Colonel Halliday, his wife, and his daughter, Beth, proceed toward Salina, Kansas by wagon train, at the persuasion of Tom Kirby, a government scout and Beth's fiancé. Although Bill Hickok, Tom's friend, and a company of cavalry are in charge, Pawnee Killer, chief of the Sioux, attacks the wagon train, and Halliday and his wife are killed. Bill rides to Salina for help and to deliver the news to Buffalo Bill Cody. Beth, now hostile to Kirby, joins the household of Lige Morris, a trader in Salina, and, at the suggestion of Bill, Kirby joins General Custer's scouting expedition. Lige tells Beth that Kirby is suspected of being in league with Pawnee Killer, but she learns from the post adjutant's daughter that he loves her. Beth seeks out Kirby just as the Sioux stampede a herd of buffalo through the town, and together they find refuge. Custer gives battle to the Indians, Pawnee Killer slays Lige, and the lovers are ... +


Impoverished by the Civil War and eager to replenish his fortune in the West, Colonel Halliday, his wife, and his daughter, Beth, proceed toward Salina, Kansas by wagon train, at the persuasion of Tom Kirby, a government scout and Beth's fiancé. Although Bill Hickok, Tom's friend, and a company of cavalry are in charge, Pawnee Killer, chief of the Sioux, attacks the wagon train, and Halliday and his wife are killed. Bill rides to Salina for help and to deliver the news to Buffalo Bill Cody. Beth, now hostile to Kirby, joins the household of Lige Morris, a trader in Salina, and, at the suggestion of Bill, Kirby joins General Custer's scouting expedition. Lige tells Beth that Kirby is suspected of being in league with Pawnee Killer, but she learns from the post adjutant's daughter that he loves her. Beth seeks out Kirby just as the Sioux stampede a herd of buffalo through the town, and together they find refuge. Custer gives battle to the Indians, Pawnee Killer slays Lige, and the lovers are reconciled. +

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