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HELL'S HINGES with MAKING OF BRONCHO BILLY and NAKED HANDS
HELL'S HINGES starring William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing and Alfred Hollingsworth. Directed by Charles Swickard. Recently ordained, the Reverend Robert Hensley is a weak and selfish young man, utterly unfit for the calling that his devout mother has persuaded him to follow. The church leaders decide to send him west to establish a church, where the people live simply and close to God. His sister, Faith, decides to join him to see that he is comfortably settled.
The reverend's destination turns out to be Placer Center, also known as Hell's Hinges. The town is ruled by Silk Miller, owner of the local saloon, and the outlaw, Blaze Tracy, who agree that neither law nor religion should ever come to the town. After meeting Faith, Blaze falls in love and turns to religion while Silk, with the help of the dance hall girls and liquor, corrupts the young reverend and sets the town on a path to destruction!
Produced on a grand scale, this is the quintessential W.S. Hart western with plenty of action, breathtaking photography and splendid scenery. It also marks one of the very first screen appearances of John Gilbert who can be seen as an extra.
MAKING OF BRONCHO BILLY starring G.M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, Harry Todd and Brinsley Shaw. Directed by G.M. Anderson. Newly arrived in a rough western town, Billy, a milk-drinking tenderfoot, soon becomes the target of the local cowboys who bully him at every turn. In frustration, Billy buys a cowboy outfit and teaches himself to use a gun. It isn't long before he's ready to seek his revenge.
NAKED HANDS starring G.M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, Ruth Saville and Rodney Hildebrand. Directed by G.M. Anderson. Gold miner, Billy Adair, is a hard-working man who worships his young wife, Edith. She, unfortunately, is bored and disappointed with life out west and soon falls for the charms of an old flame, Arthur Stanton, who is visiting on business from New York. The two decide to run away together and return east. Billy, though crushed, decides not to pursue the couple. But he vows that if Edith should come to any harm, he would finish Stanton with his "naked hands".
Original music scores composed and performed by Bernie Anderson!
William S. Hart, Broncho Billy Anderson