IMDb > The Hell Cat (1918) > Reviews & Ratings - IMDb

Reviews & Ratings for
The Hell Cat More at IMDbPro »

Write review
Filter: Hide Spoilers:
Index 2 reviews in total 

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A Tragic Loss

Author: Pamela Short from Canada
15 April 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Pancha O'Brien ( Geraldine Farrar ), the beautiful and spirited daughter of an Irish ranch owner, is loved by two men, Sheriff Jack Webb ( Milton Sills ), whom she loves, and outlaw Jim Dyke ( Tom Santschi ), whose attentions she repeatedly rebuffs. Jim and his men attack Pancha's ranch, burning it to the ground and killing her father. The outlaw carries her to his cabin, where Wan-o-mee, his jealous squaw, tries to stab the girl. Pancha explains that she does not love Jim and sends Wan-o-mee to find Sheriff Jack. Stalling for time, Pancha agrees to marry Jim, and the two set out for Cheyenne. Jack and his posse overtake them on the road, but Pancha has already stabbed Jim, and he falls dead at the sheriff's feet. To protect Pancha, Jack claims that he killed the outlaw and then proposes to her. , the beautiful and spirited daughter of an Irish ranch owner, is loved by two men, Sheriff Jack Webb, whom she loves, and outlaw Jim Dyke, whose attentions she repeatedly rebuffs. Jim and his men attack Pancha's ranch, burning it to the ground and killing her father. The outlaw carries her to his cabin, where Wan-o-mee, his jealous squaw, tries to stab the girl. Pancha explains that she does not love Jim and sends Wan-o-mee to find Sheriff Jack. Stalling for time, Pancha agrees to marry Jim, and the two set out for Cheyenne. Jack and his posse overtake them on the road, but Pancha has already stabbed Jim, and he falls dead at the sheriff's feet. To protect Pancha, Jack claims that he killed the outlaw and then proposes to her.

This 1918 silent western/drama produced by Diva Pictures, Incorporated (Goldwyn Pictures Corporation ) and starring Geraldine Farrar, sadly now remains a lost silent film.

Was the above review useful to you?

Out West with Geraldine Farrar

5/10
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles
13 December 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"The best thing about Willard Mack's 'The Hell Cat' is the way that Geraldine Farrar photographs. She hasn't celluloided so well since 'Joan the Woman' (1916). Otherwise 'The Hell Cat' is a hectic story. Miss Farrar plays the Irish-Spanish daughter of an old ranchman. An untamed savage of a man is fascinated by her, murders her father, and takes her to his hut. Ultimately she avenges herself by plunging a dagger into the scoundrel's heart. And, of course, the man she loves comes to her in the end. So they start anew, forgetting the past.

"Director Reginald Barker and Mr. Mack have succeeded in getting thru 'The Hell Cat' without giving offense, but the story does not possess grip or punch. The best that can be said of 'The Hell Cat' is that it presents Miss Farrar to better advantage than she has been presented in some time. Tom Santschi as the villain and Milton Sills as the faithful lover have little real opportunity," according to writer Frederick James Smith in "Motion Picture Classic" (February 1919).

"The New York Times" (November 25, 1918) reviewer was a little kinder to the "rampant melodrama." The film critic observed, "Miss Farrar is undoubtedly one of the best emotional actresses on the screen, and one who can look as handsome as any," and thought, "Milton Sills, Tom Santschi, and the others in the cast give her exceptionally good support."

However, the 'Times' concluded, "The performance of all of the players and the manner in which the production is staged make it a pity that the play itself was of so little worth." The cast and crew of "The Hell Cat" were quickly seen in a dramatic follow-up, "Shadows" (1919). Unfortunately, neither of these lost films have been seen much over the next hundred years.

***** The Hell Cat (11/24/18) Reginald Barker ~ Geraldine Farrar, Milton Sills, Tom Santschi, William Black

Was the above review useful to you?


Add another review


Related Links

Plot keywords Main details Your user reviews
Your vote history