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The Virginian (1914)

Passed | | Western | 7 September 1914 (USA)
A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Owen Wister (novel), Kirk La Shelle (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dustin Farnum ... The Virginian
Jack W. Johnston ... Steve
Sydney Deane Sydney Deane ... Uncle Hughey
William Elmer ... Trampas
Winifred Kingston ... Molly Wood
James Griswold James Griswold ... Stage Driver
Horace B. Carpenter ... Mexican Henchman
Tex Driscoll ... Henchman Shorty
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Storyline

Wyoming schoolteacher Molly Wood is attracted to a cowboy known as "The Virginian." He has to help hang his best friend Steve when the latter falls in with a bunch of cattle thieves led by Trampas. Eventually the Virginian must take on the bad guys and get the girl. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A virginiai See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$17,022 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1994: AMC print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The actual credit for Cecil B. DeMille on the film is: "Picturized by Cecil B. De Mille." See more »

Goofs

As the Virginian and his posse approach the rustlers, it is clearly daylight, but when the camera cuts to the outlaws' campfire, it is clearly night. See more »

Quotes

Trampas: I'll give you till sundown to get out of town.
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Alternate Versions

In 1994, American Classic Movies Company copyrighted and broadcast a 55-minute version with a piano score, but no other details were given. See more »

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Version of The Virginian (1946) See more »

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Pioneering Western Feature by Cecil B. DeMille
19 October 1999 | by DLewisSee all my reviews

Interesting silent from the very early days of Universal, based on a popular Owen Wister novel and perhaps partly scripted by him. What impressed me the most about it was the command that director Cecil B. DeMille has over feature editing at this early stage. His handling of the principal actors is not particularly outstanding; and DeMille would not further distinguish himself in this area as his long career unfolded. But DeMille understands how to intercut separate scenes so they fold into one another and move the story forward. Also DeMille shows skill in coordinating crowd scenes, which would certainly serve him well in his later biblical epics. In these respects "The Virginian" is one of the most advanced features of it's time, at least of the ones from 1914 which we can still see today.


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