The Phantom Riders

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The Phantom Riders
Directed by John Ford
Produced by Harry Carey
Written by George Hively
Henry MacRae
Starring Harry Carey
Cinematography John W. Brown
Ben F. Reynolds
Distributed by Universal Film Manufacturing Co.
Release dates
  • January 28, 1918 (1918-01-28)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Phantom Riders is a 1918 American Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. The film is considered to be lost.[1]


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.[2]


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.


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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Phantom Riders". Silent Era. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. ^ Gallagher, Tag (1986); John Ford: The Man and His Films; University of California Press, USA. See p.505.

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