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Pierre of the Plains

Pierre of the Plains(1942)

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According to onscreen credits, the film was based only on Edgar Selwyn's play. Selwyn's play, however, was based on the novel Pierre and His People by Gilbert Parker. Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about this production: A February 5, 1942 news item states that Hugh Boswell was preparing to direct the film. A March 23, 1942 news item notes that Jack Smith was shooting exteriors on location in Sonora, CA. April news items add that Frederick Stephani took over as producer on April 2, 1942 and completed the production after Selwyn was hospitalized due to a stomach ailment and subsequent brain hemorrhages. Although various Hollywood Reporter news items add William Post, Jr. and Henry O'Neill to the cast, they were not in the released film. Selwyn's play was the basis for three other films: the 1918 Famous Players Lasky picture Heart of the Wilds, directed by Marshall Neilan and starring Elsie Ferguson and Thomas Meighan; the 1914 All Star Feature release Pierre of the Plains, starring Edgar Selwyn and Dorothy Dalton (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1810 and F1.3449, respectively); and the 1922 Famous Players Lasky production Over the Border starring Betty Compson and directed by Penrhyn Stanlaws (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4090).