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Selfish Yates (1918)

"Selfish" Yates operates a disreputable saloon on the desert's edge in Arizona. Mary Adams and her sister Betty, having lost their father crossing the desert, arrive in the town of Thirsty ... See full summary »

Director:

William S. Hart

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
William S. Hart ... 'Selfish' Yates
Jane Novak ... Mary Adams
Bert Sprotte Bert Sprotte ... Rocking Chair Riley (as Bertholde Sprotte)
Harry Dunkinson ... Ed Miller, the 'Oklahoma Hog'
Ernest Butterworth Ernest Butterworth ... Hotfoot
Thelma Salter ... Betty Adams
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"Selfish" Yates operates a disreputable saloon on the desert's edge in Arizona. Mary Adams and her sister Betty, having lost their father crossing the desert, arrive in the town of Thirsty Center and appeal to Yates for help and work. Yates is none too helpful, suggesting dance-hall work for Mary. She refuses , taking instead a menial job assisting Yates' cook. Yates is a hard case, but little by little Mary's influence works a renewal of humanity in him, until at last he finds himself tested by crisis. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az önző Yates See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Rocky Road to Redemption
8 January 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

William S. Hart is Yates, proprietor of "My Place", who never does anything for anyone else and never tells anyone else what to do -- the perfect Libertarian gentleman. However, when Jane Novak and her sister pull up, he feels the stirrings of love and the strange desire to do things for her in this well turned out story of redemption.

The redemption of the good bad man was a story that Hart turned to often. Here it's in the form of a comedy drama, and it's very nicely balanced. As Hart wrestles with these unaccustomed feelings, he clumsily tries to do good, with disastrous results...and to his surprise, is forgiven. The denouement is melodramatic in script and acting, but it was just the sort of thing that Hart excelled at; note his stance as he holds off a couple of dozen men in a pose aped by Keaton and Lloyd in western spoofs.

As is usual with Hart's westerns, cameraman Joseph August offers some lovely compositions. It's not a film to introduce Hart to newcomers, but once you have learned the pleasures of his westerns, you'll find this a very enjoyable film.


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