|Directed by||Jerome Storm|
|Produced by||Thomas H. Ince|
|Written by||R. Cecil Smith
John Gilbert (billed as "Jack Gilbert")
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||18 May 1919|
The Busher (1919) is a drama film directed by Jerome Storm featuring Colleen Moore, and produced by Thomas H. Ince. The film still exists and is available on DVD from Kino Video, running 55 minutes. There is an alternate edition available from Grapevine Video. This version runs 63 minutes, including a longer opening exposition sequence, and more frequent original inter-titles, which help to clarify the story. A print is also held by Gosfilmofond Russian State Archives.
When the train transporting the St. Paul Pink Sox is delayed outside of Brownsville, the players exit the train for some exercise and end up playing a game with the locals. The manager is impressed with Ben Harding, inexperienced but talented pitcher for the Brownsville baseball team. Ben joins the team and leaves for the big city, promising his sweetheart Mazie Palmer that he will return for her.
However, success goes to his head and he forgets about his small-town roots. He ignores the hometown folk, including Mazie, when they come to the big city to see him play. Because he lives the fancy life, his pitching suffers and soon he is sent back home in shame. Ben vows never to play ball again, but discovering that Mazie's brother has bet their house on the championship game, with the home team behind, Ben returns to the mound, wins the game, the respect of the town, the love of Mazie and a new contract from a Pink Sox representative who had been waiting for Ben to lose his conceit.
- Charles Ray - Ben Harding
- Colleen Moore - Mazie Palmer
- Jack Gilbert - Jim Blair
- Jay Morley - Billy Palmer
- Otto Hoffman - Deacon Nasby
- Jack Nelson
- Louis Durham
- Margaret Livingston
Colleen Moore plays the girlfriend of a baseball player who hits the big time and forgets about his roots. The rival for Colleen's affections was played by Jack Gilbert, who would later gain fame as actor John Gilbert.
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