The Secret Man

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The Secret Man
Directed by John Ford
Written by
Starring Harry Carey
Cinematography Ben F. Reynolds
Release dates
  • October 1, 1917 (1917-10-01)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Secret Man is a 1917 American silent Western film, directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. Two of the five reels of the film survive at the Library of Congress film archive.[1]

Plot[edit]

As described in a film magazine,[2] Cheyenne Harry (Carey) escapes from prison and while escaping comes upon the body of a young girl (Janes) that was thrown by a runaway horse. He picks her up and is proceeding on his way when his horse is frightened and bolts down a steep hillside. Harry, realizing the danger the girl is in, gives himself up so that she can receive care. Her mother Molly (Sterling) has secretly married Harry Beaufort (Foster) and it is her mother's brother who arrests Harry. The mother has been told that her little girl is dead and she looses her reason. At a church bazaar the girl is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Mother and daughter recognize each other and the mother's mind is restored. Through the assistance of Harry, the mother and her husband are reunited. The sheriff is happy to find that the girl Annabelle is his niece and in appreciation of Harry's kindness allows him to go free.

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Production[edit]

Filming took place under the working titles The Round Up and Up Against It. The film was released by Universal Studios through a subsidiary, Universal-Butterfly, in October 1917. It was a silent film on five reels, part of the "Cheyenne Harry" series of film featurettes.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Secret Man". silentera.com. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Reviews: The Secret Man". Exhibitors Herald (New York: Exhibitors Herald Company) 5 (16): 28. October 13, 1917. 
  3. ^ Gallagher, Tag (1986). John Ford: The Man and His Films. University of California Press. p. 504. ISBN 0-520-06334-1. 

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