The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1915 film)

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The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Scene from The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1915 film).jpg
Scene from film
Directed by Herbert Blaché
Produced by Herbert Blaché
Alice Guy
Written by Aaron Hoffman
Marvin Dana
Story by Aaron Hoffman
Based on "The Shooting of Dan McGrew"
by Robert W. Service
Starring Edmund Breese
William A. Morse
Kathryn Adams
Betty Riggs
Cinematography Alfred Ortlieb
Popular Plays
and Player Company
Distributed by Metro Pictures
Release date
  • May 2, 1915 (1915-05-02)
Running time
Five reels
Country United States
Language Silent

The Shooting of Dan McGrew is a 1915 silent American drama film directed by Herbert Blaché, based on the poem of the same name.[1] It was produced by Solax Studios when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at the beginning of the 20th century.[2][3][4]


The opening scene is of the interior of the Malamute saloon. Dangerous Dan McGrew and the lady that's known as Lou are seen seated at a table in one corner. A dog-sleigh stops outside, and its owner, a tired-looking, bedraggled miner, stumbles through the door. After treating the house, he sits down at the piano and begins to play. Into the soulful, stirring music he pours his pent up feelings of hatred, sorrow, love and regret. Years before, Jim Maxwell's best friend, Dan McGrew, had deceived his wife into believing him unfaithful. Their elopement completely unnerved him for a time. But finally he resolved to forget about it, until he next met Dan McGrew. Years afterwards, while prospecting, he met his daughter, now grown to womanhood and married. Her husband had been arrested for a murder committed by McGrew, and Maxwell assisted in effecting his escape. Just previous to the miner's entrance, Nell's husband had been captured in the saloon by the sheriff. As Maxwell finishes playing, he turns about, faces Dangerous Dan McGrew, and tells him, in uncomplimentary language, what he thinks of a man of his type. The lights go out, two guns blaze in the dark, and both men fall. Maxwell recovers and is reunited to Lou, his wife. McGrew dies.

— Motography (May 22, 1915)



  1. ^ "Silent Era:The Shooting of Dan McGrew". Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8 
  3. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5 

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