The Bargain (1914 film)
|Directed by||Reginald Barker|
|Screenplay by||William H. Clifford, Thomas Ince|
|Starring||William S. Hart|
Joseph H. August
New York Motion Pictures Corp.
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Bargain is a 1914 American Western film starring William S. Hart. It was the first feature film starring Hart, who would go on to become the most popular Western actor of the silent film era. In 2010, it was added to the National Film Registry.
- William S. Hart as Jim Stokes
- J. Frank Burke as Sheriff Bud Walsh
- Clara Williams as Nell Brent
- J. Barney Sherry as Phil Brent
- Joseph J. Dowling as Reverend Joshua Wilkes
In 1918, a revised version of the film was submitted for review by the Chicago Board of Censors that had scenes in which the Sheriff released a prisoner to holdup gamblers and associated intertitles were eliminated, and new intertitles and scenes with newspaper articles stating that the sheriff and bandit had paid the penalty for their crimes had been inserted. A version cut from 7 to 5 reels was distributed prior to 1920, and in 1920 Hart's production company released it under the title The Two-Gun Man in the Bargain.
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Bargain at silentera.com
- 2010 National Film Registry Announced, Library of Congress Press Release, Dec. 28, 2010
- "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (16): 31. April 13, 1918.
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