THE BARGAIN
1914, 70 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

One of the finest actors of early cinema, William S. Hart benefited from his association with legendary producer Thomas H. Ince in a series of outstanding early features. In his first full-length film, a portion of which was shot at the Grand Canyon, Hart’s iconic screen character as the bad man struggling with his conscience is already firmly in place. Co-starring one of Hart’s favorite leading actresses, Clara Williams. In 2010, this outstanding silent was added to the National Film Registry.


WAGON TRACKS
1919, Paramount, 64 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer

Produced by Thomas H. Ince (and beautifully shot by cinematographer Joe August), this Western has legendary silent screen star William S. Hart leading a wagon train across the wilderness - and trying to figure out who killed his brother.


THE COWARD (1915)
1915, 77 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker, Thomas H. Ince

Charles Ray became a major star following his sensitive portrayal of the pampered son of a proud colonel (Frank Keenan, grandfather of actor Keenan Wynn), who is forced to join Confederate troops on the Civil War battlefield.


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