The Squaw Man


1918

Brief Synopsis

Captain Wynnegate leaves England, accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. Out West he and the Indian girl Nat-U-Rich save each other from the evil cattle rustler Cash Hawkins and marry. Lady Diana shows up to announce Sir Henry's death. After Nat-U-Rich's suicide Wynnegate takes his half-breed son and Lady Diana back to England as the new Earl of Kerhill.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 15, 1918
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Artcraft Pictures; Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Squaw Man by Edwin Milton Royle (New York, 23 Oct 1905).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5,897ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Jim Wynnegate is so deeply in love with Diana, the wife of his cousin Henry, the Earl of Kerhill, that when Henry embezzles an orphanage trust fund, Jim saves Diana from shame by assuming the blame himself and disappearing. Soon after settling on a ranch in Wyoming, Jim saves an Indian girl named Naturich from the cruel Cash Hawkins, thereby incurring the outlaw's enmity. Later Cash attacks Jim, but Naturich ambushes Cash and kills him. Jim gratefully marries the Indian, and soon Naturich gives birth to little Hal, who is deeply loved by his parents and idolized by the ranch hands. Several years later, Henry is mortally wounded on a hunting trip, but before he dies, he confesses his part in the embezzlement, exonerating his cousin. Diana visits Jim, who, although loath to leave his loyal wife, agrees to allow the woman he still loves to rear Hal to his rightful station in England. Overhearing the conversation, Naturich realizes that she is about to lose her son and commits suicide. Her death overwhelms Jim, but after several years, he assumes the title of earl and finally marries Diana.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 15, 1918
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Distribution Company
Artcraft Pictures; Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Squaw Man by Edwin Milton Royle (New York, 23 Oct 1905).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5,897ft (6 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Only the final reel survives.

Notes

Modern sources credit Anne Bauchens as the editor, and Wilfred Buckland as art director. For information on other versions of the film, for DeMille's 1931 The Squaw Man.