Nan of Music Mountain

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Nan of Music Mountain
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Lantern Slide.
Directed by George Melford
Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited)
Written by Beulah Marie Dix
Based on Nan of Music Mountain
by Frank H. Spearman
Starring Wallace Reid
Cinematography Paul P. Perry
Release date
  • December 12, 1917 (1917-12-12)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Nan of Music Mountain is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by George Melford and Cecil B. DeMille (who receives no screen credit).[1] The film is based on Frank H. Spearman's novel of the same name and stars Wallace Reid and Anna Little.[2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] Henry de Spain (Reid) is determined to find the man who murdered his father. He becomes sort of an outsider with Duke Morgan's (Roberts) gang, cattlemen, and outlaws. Nan (Little), daughter of the head of the clan, secretly loves Henry and when he is wounded in a fight with the Morgan clan, she helps him escape. This angers her father and he declares that she shall marry her cousin. Nan dispatches a message to Henry for assistance and he brings her safely to his clan. Nan then learns that her father was the murder of Henry's father. She returns to her father to learn the truth and together they go to Henry and reveal the murder's name. After a thorough understanding and forgiving, Henry and Nan are married.



Like many American films of the time, Nan of Music Mountain was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut of the shooting of a rancher during a vision, the intertitle "You'll go home when I get through with you", and the last shooting by de Spain.[4]


  1. ^ Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 208. ISBN 0-813-12324-0. 
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Nan of Music Mountain at
  3. ^ "Reviews: Nan of Music Mountain". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (3): 26. January 12, 1918. 
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (3): 31. January 12, 1918. 

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