Laughing Bill Hyde (1918)

Drama | 30 September 1918

Director:

Hobart Henley

Writer:

Willard Mack

Production Designer:

Hugo Ballin

Production Company:

Rex Beach Pictures
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HISTORY

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This was Will Rogers' first feature film. It had a pre-release showing in New York in 22 Sep 1918. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
21 Sep 18
p. 1345.
ETR
28 Sep 18
p. 1369.
ETR
5 Oct 18
p. 1521.
MPN
5 Oct 18
p. 2245.
MPW
5 Oct 18
p. 120, 127
New York Times
23 Sep 18
p. 7.
NYDM
5 Oct 18
p. 516.
Variety
27 Sep 18
p. 45.
Wid's
29 Sep 18
p. 32.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Laughing Bill Hyde" by Rex Ellingwood Beach in Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories (New York, 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 September 1918
Copyright Number:
LP15678
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,790
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Convict Bill Hyde and his friend, Danny Dorgan, break out of prison, but in running from the guards, Danny is mortally wounded. The local doctor, Evan Thomas, tries so hard to save Danny that later, when Bill and the doctor meet in Alaska, the two become friends. A dying man gives his mine to the doctor, but upon discovering that it is worthless, Bill sells it to a crook named John Wesley Slayforth for $50,000. Slayforth attempts to cheat Ponotah, a part Indian woman who owns another mine in which he has an interest, and Bill secures employment in the mine in order to investigate. When he learns that the superintendent is systematically stealing gold from the mine, Bill in turn robs him and buries the money near his cabin. Most of the gold he gives to Ponotah, who accepts his marriage proposal, while the $50,000 goes to the doctor, enabling him to return home and wed the girl of his ... +


Convict Bill Hyde and his friend, Danny Dorgan, break out of prison, but in running from the guards, Danny is mortally wounded. The local doctor, Evan Thomas, tries so hard to save Danny that later, when Bill and the doctor meet in Alaska, the two become friends. A dying man gives his mine to the doctor, but upon discovering that it is worthless, Bill sells it to a crook named John Wesley Slayforth for $50,000. Slayforth attempts to cheat Ponotah, a part Indian woman who owns another mine in which he has an interest, and Bill secures employment in the mine in order to investigate. When he learns that the superintendent is systematically stealing gold from the mine, Bill in turn robs him and buries the money near his cabin. Most of the gold he gives to Ponotah, who accepts his marriage proposal, while the $50,000 goes to the doctor, enabling him to return home and wed the girl of his heart. +

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