The Phantom Riders
|The Phantom Riders|
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Produced by||Harry Carey|
|Written by||George Hively
|Cinematography||John W. Brown
Ben F. Reynolds
|Distributed by||Universal Film Manufacturing Co.|
Filming took place from September 7–27, 1917. Released in January 1918 as a Universal Special feature, The Phantom Riders was a 50-minute silent film on five reels, part of the "Cheyenne Harry" series of film featurettes. The original story was written by Henry McRae and adapted for the screen by scenarist George Hively.
Cheyenne Harry stands up to the powerful criminal boss Dave Bland who dominates Paradise Creek Valley. Attempting to save the sanctity of the vast open grazing lands, Harry also finds himself defending the honor of intimidated Molly Grant. After her father is killed and Harry is captured by Bland's thugs, it is Molly who the saves the day in the end by bringing in the US cavalry.
- Harry Carey as Cheyenne Harry
- William Steele as Dave Bland (as Bill Gettinger)
- Molly Malone as Molly Grant
- Buck Connors as 'Pebble' Grant (as Buck Connor)
- Vester Pegg as The Unknown
- Jim Corey as Foreman
- "Progressive Silent Film List: The Phantom Riders". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- Gallagher, Tag (1986); John Ford: The Man and His Films; University of California Press, USA. See p.505.