Desert Gold


1919

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 22, 1919
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Zane Grey Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
W. W. Hodkinson Corp. through Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Desert Gold by Zane Grey (New York, 1913).

Synopsis

Jonas Warren, searching the desert for his daughter, finds the man who took her away, who then produces a marriage certificate to pacify Warren's anger. After the husband finds a gold mine and uses the certificate to mark it, they die in a sand storm. Later, Dick Gale, an Easterner in search of adventure, rescues his friend Captain George Thorne and the captain's sweetheart, Mercedes Castenada, from the Mexican bandit Rojas. Dick takes Mercedes to the ranch of Jim Belding, where Dick falls in love with Belding's adopted daughter Nell. When Rojas arrives with a band of outlaws, Dick, with the ranch cowboys, escorts Mercedes to the mountains, led by Dick's friend, a Yaqui Indian. After the Yaqui throws Rojas off a cliff and locates a water source for the ranch, he shows Nell the gold mine. The marriage certificate of her parents proves that the mine is hers. Since she now knows she is not illegitimate, she can marry Dick.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 22, 1919
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Zane Grey Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
W. W. Hodkinson Corp. through Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Desert Gold by Zane Grey (New York, 1913).

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While sources call this both a six and seven reel film, Wid's lists its length as 4,785 feet. Zane Grey's novel was serialized in Popular magazine, beginning on March 1, 1913. The novel was filmed twice again: by Famous Players-Lasky in 1926, with Neil Hamilton starring and George B. Seitz directing, and by Paramount in 1936, with Buster Crabbe starring and James Hogan directing (see below).