Wildfire – 1923 film adaptation

15 Sep

1922: When Romance Rides. Information found on IMdB

“When Zane Grey‘s novel, Wildfire, was filmed here, it somehow turned into a hoary Drury Lane-style melodrama, set in the West instead of England. While chasing an unruly colt through the hills, Lin Slone (Carl Gantvoort) is knocked unconscious. Lucy Bostil (Claire Adams) finds him — a stroke of luck, since her father (Charles Arling), who owns a stable, has a formidable rival in the villainous Bill Cordts (Harry L. Van Meter). Cordts will do anything to make sure his horse beats out Bostil’s in the next race, including drugging the steed. Slone has trained his colt, named Wildfire, to carry a rider, and he gives him to Lucy, providing she ride it in the race. She does, and Wildfire wins. But the story’s not over yet — in one last bit of villainy, Cordts and his half-wit accomplice, Joel Creech (a not-very half-witted Jean Hersholt), kidnap Lucy. Sloan, of course, heads into the mountains and rescues her for the requisite ending clinch. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Produced by Benjamin B. Hampton Productions Co.

Directed by Jean Hersholt, Eliot Howe and Charles O. Rush

Adapted by Benjamin B. Hampton based on WildfireMy review of the novel)


Claire Adams Claire Adams …Lucy Bostil

Carl Gantvoort Carl Gantvoort …Lin Slone

Jean Hersholt Jean Hersholt …Joel Creech

Harry von Meter Harry von Meter …Bill Cordts

Charles Arling Charles Arling …Bostil

Mary Jane Irving …’Bostie’ Bostil

Tod Sloan …Holley

Audrey Chapman …Lucy’s Chum

Frank Hayes Frank Hayes …Dr. Binks

Helen Howard …Lucy’s Chum

Stanley J. Bingham …Dick Sears

Walter Perkins …Thomas Brackton

Babe London Babe London …Sally Brackton

John Beck …Van

Cinematography by William M. Edmond and Gus Peterson

Also released in Portugese as Romance da Planície



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One response to “Wildfire – 1923 film adaptation

  1. giffmacshane

    2015-09-17 at 8:15 pm

    Funny how Zane Grey’s novels seem to change so dramatically when they’re made into movies… Wildfire’s always been one of my favorites.



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