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The Silent Man (1917)

A gold prospector strikes it rich, but the crooks who run a frontier town take it away from him. He determines to get it back and clean up the town.


William S. Hart


Charles Kenyon (story)


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Complete credited cast:
William S. Hart ... 'Silent' Budd Marr
Vola Vale ... Betty Bryce
Robert McKim ... Handsome Jack Pressley
Dorcas Matthews Dorcas Matthews ... Topaz Pressley
J.P. Lockney J.P. Lockney ... 'Grubstake' Higgins
George Nichols ... Preachin' Bill Hardy
Gertrude Claire ... Mrs. Hardy
Milton Ross Milton Ross ... Ames Mitchell (as Milton L. Ross)
Harold Goodwin ... David Bryce


A gold prospector strikes it rich, but the crooks who run a frontier town take it away from him. He determines to get it back and clean up the town.

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Release Date:

26 November 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Dust See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Debuted at the majestic Million Dollar Theater, one of the pearls on the Los Angeles' historical Broadway district. The theater was one of the first movie palaces built in the US. It is located on 307 South Broadway, Los Angeles, across from the landmark Bradbury Building. The theater opened on February 1, 1918, and among the stars to turn out were Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin and Lillian Gish, as well as hundreds of eager fans who lined up for two blocks. See more »


Edited into Happy Times and Jolly Moments (1943) See more »

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3 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Silent Man, The (1917)

*** (out of 4)

'Silent' Budd Marr (William S. Hart) risks his life locating some gold in the desert but his pain finally pays off when he hits it rich. He goes into town where he ends up entering a poker game with a crooked man known as Handsome Jack Pressley (Robert McKim). Soon Budd is cheated out of his money and ends up on the run where he swears vengeance. This Western really turned out to be a pretty good gem and it contains pretty much everything I've come to expect from a Hart film. For starters, we have Hart playing the greatest guy in the world as he does nothing wrong and would stop at nothing to protect a lady. In this case that lady turns out to be played by Vola Vale who in the film is the woman of Pressley but of course she falls in love with Budd. Also on hand here is the overwhelming preaching of God, the good things in life and how one should live. Normally a lot of preaching in a film will make the viewer grow tired but Hart, the director, actually does a very good job at mixing all these moral lessons into the story and he keeps everything entertaining by throwing in some nice action scenes. There's one classic sequence that really stands out and that during the crooked poker game when all hell breaks loose. Hart directs this sequence very well and from here on out we really want to see his character get his revenge. Hart, the actor, turns in a fine performance playing this character perfectly. Vale is good as his love interest and McKim makes for a wonderful snake. Griffith regular George Nichols plays an elderly preacher and does fine work as well. All in all this is a nice little gem that deserves to be better known as all the elements mix well together and in the end this here is certainly worth checking out.

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