|Directed by||John Ford|
|Written by||Frederic R. Bechdolt
|Cinematography||John W. Brown
Ben F. Reynolds
|Distributed by||Universal Film Manufacturing Company|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Cheyenne Harry tries to help his outlaw friend Padden evade arrest after Padden has drunkenly shot another man. In the end, the two mismatched friends fight it out, leaving Padden dead. In a romantic subplot, Harry's fiancée Alice leaves him, but finally returns.
- Harry Carey as Cheyenne Harry
- Molly Malone as Alice Norris
- John Cook as Uncle Larkin
- Martha Mattox as Mrs. Larkin
- Vester Pegg as Curt Simmons aka "Padden"
- Harry Tenbrook as "Colonel" Betoski
- Helen Ware as Mrs. Savage
- L. M. Wells as Savage
- Millard K. Wilson as undetermined role
Thieves' Gold was released as a Universal Special Feature in 1918. It was a 50-minute silent film on five reels, part of the "Cheyenne Harry" series of film featurettes. The original story, "Back to the Right Train" by Frederick R. Bechdolt, was adapted for the screen by scenarist George Hively. This installment of "Cheyenne Harry" won notably negative reviews by critics at the time of its release.
Like many American films of the time, Thieves' Gold was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 2, six scenes of women at bar and women drinking, flashed two scenes of tough dancing by Cheyenne Harry and young woman, Harry shooting a Mexican, Reel 4, four holdup scenes, Reel 5, shooting of Padden, two scenes of Harry shooting.
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Thieves' Gold". silentera.com. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
- Gallagher, Tag (1986). John Ford: The Man and His Films. University of California Press. p. 505. ISBN 0-520-06334-1.
- "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (16): 31. April 13, 1918.