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.


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.


ON THE NIGHT STAGE
1915, Mutual, 62 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

Noted producer Thomas H. Ince penned the script to this film, one of silent star William S. Hart’s first feature-length Westerns. A new parson (Robert Edeson) converts saloon dancer Belle Shields (Rhea Mitchell), drawing her away from her stagecoach robber boyfriend (Hart) – until she attracts the attention of a ne’er do well gambler.


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