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Hell's Hinges (1916)

Unrated | | Romance, Western | 5 March 1916 (USA)
In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.

Directors:

Charles Swickard, William S. Hart (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay), C. Gardner Sullivan (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William S. Hart ... Blaze Tracy (as W.S. Hart)
Clara Williams ... Faith Henley
Jack Standing ... Rev. Robert Henley
Alfred Hollingsworth Alfred Hollingsworth ... Silk Miller
Robert McKim ... A Clergyman
J. Frank Burke ... Zeb Taylor
Louise Glaum ... Dolly
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Storyline

When Reverend Robert Henley and his sister Faith arrive in the town of Hell's Hinges, saloon owner Silk Miller and his cohorts sense danger to their evil ways. They hire gunman Blaze Tracy to run the minister out of town. But Blaze finds something in Faith Henley that turns him around, and soon Silk Miller and his compadres have Blaze to deal with. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

"Big Bill" is once more that terrible two-handed gunman whom you all love so well-and what he does to the "gang" who tried to do him "dirt" makes a cyclone look like an ordinary summer breeze. (Print Ad- Duluth Herald,((Duluth, Minn.)) 9 February 1918)

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Portas do Inferno See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A complete village was built near the Inceville studios and then burned down for the climax of the film. See more »

Quotes

Blaze Tracy: I reckon God ain't wantin' me much, ma'am, but when I look at you, I feel I've been ridin' the wrong trail.
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Alternate Versions

The preservation print from the Museum of Modern Art shown on Turner Classic Movies had a piano music score and ran 64 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Grim, Somber Western With Several Strengths
22 August 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The grim, somber tone of this Western does not at all keep it from being a watchable and interesting feature. William S. Hart's screen presence is put to very good use, and the tension is built up steadily. The atmosphere is effective, and along with the story, it is interesting in its contrast with the usual expectations of the genre.

Hart is well-cast as the stoical gunslinger who becomes fascinated by the purity of a preacher's sister. The character's transformation might be a little too abrupt, and it might have been an even better movie if 'Blaze' had changed more reluctantly, but Hart himself is quite effective in the role. Jack Standing also does a good job as the weak-willed preacher whose folly leads to so much havoc.

The story is quite moralistic in its way, but it is nevertheless pretty interesting. The conflicts and tensions are of a much different nature than westerns usually feature, and the tone is unrelentingly serious and foreboding. Things are built up carefully into a harrowing finale that is filmed with a lot of detail.

Features like this show why Hart rose to such popularity. His persona seems to have been a good one for the times, and his strengths as an actor show up well in silent cinema.


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