Heart of the Wilds


1918

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 1, 1918
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Pierre of the Plains by Edgar Selwyn (New York, 12 Oct 1908) and the short story "She of the Triple Chevron" by Gilbert Parker in his Pierre and His People (London, 1892).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
4,380ft (5 reels)

Synopsis

In the Canadian Northwest, Jen Galbraith lives in a tavern with her brother Val and her father Peter, a bootlegger who sells whiskey to the Indians. Val's friend Pierre resolves to win Jen, even though she is in love with Sergeant Tom Gellatly of the Mounted Police. When Val tries to retrieve some liquor sold illegally by the elder Galbraith to an Indian named Grey Cloud, the Indian insults Jen and Val shoots him. Tom is assigned to track down the murderer, but after he arrives at the tavern, Galbraith and Pierre drug him. Jen delivers the papers he is carrying to police headquarters, but when she discovers that they contain orders to arrest her brother, she shoots Tom to prevent him from going after Val. Pierre appears and attacks Jen, and soon after, Val returns, followed closely by a squad of police. Val and Jen force Pierre to confess that he killed Grey Cloud, and Tom tells the police that he shot himself accidentally.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 1, 1918
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Pierre of the Plains by Edgar Selwyn (New York, 12 Oct 1908) and the short story "She of the Triple Chevron" by Gilbert Parker in his Pierre and His People (London, 1892).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
4,380ft (5 reels)

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Notes

Edgar Selwyn's play was based on Gilbert Parker's story. Elsie Ferguson starred in the 1908 Broadway production with Edgar Selwyn. According to publicity for the film, some scenes were shot in Cody, WY and in Yellowstone National Park, also in Wyoming. For information on other films based on the source material, see listing below for Pierre of the Plains.