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Edward Kaufman (scenario)
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9 June 1916 (USA) See more »
A wandering cowboy is hired by a ranch owner. When the other cowboys show the newcomer their refusal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Frank Borzage ... The Pilgrim

Ann Little ... Nita Dudley (as Anna Little)

Jack Richardson ... Joe Mex
Dick La Reno ... Jim Niles
Mary Gladding ... Little Eva

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Kaufman  scenario

Cinematography by
L. Guy Wilky 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Park Frame .... assistant director

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28 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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A print exists in the Cinématèque Suisse, Lausanne.See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Revelatory, 12 November 2011
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

This is a pretty lovely film starring the director himself, Frank Borzage. I personally found it illuminating. The Pilgrim is auteurist cinema in that Borzage wrote, directed, and starred in it. It's a Western with a difference, all about his own personal views on manhood, more exuberant than his mature work. He was a handsome devil, and here he's an itinerant sometimes cowpoke who takes life as it comes. He's got a backbone and can stand up for himself, but he's not mean, and he's not possessive. A happy-go-lucky type. Visually speaking the film is great, there's a particularly lovely shot of rolling hills at one point, and lots of location shooting. The relationship in the movie, betweem him and a college girl is very emotionally mature, particularly for a movie from those days. It comes across as incredibly modern and daring at points, like when he cares for a man he's cut up in a knife fight. Borzage seems a lot more humane and care-free at this point in his life. I absolutely love this film. At the festival screening I attended, this was accompanied by an ole time guitar and fiddle duo, the choice of music is critical, this isn't one for a standard piano score, needs something folksy.

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