Thieves' Gold

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Thieves' Gold
Newspaper advertisement
Directed by John Ford
Written by Frederic R. Bechdolt
George Hively
Starring Harry Carey
Cinematography John W. Brown
Ben F. Reynolds
Distributed by Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • March 18, 1918 (1918-03-18)
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Thieves' Gold is a 1918 American Western film directed by John Ford and featuring Harry Carey. It is considered to be a lost film.[1]


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.



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.[2]


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.[3]

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  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Thieves' Gold". Retrieved February 27, 2008. 
  2. ^ Gallagher, Tag (1986). John Ford: The Man and His Films. University of California Press. p. 505. ISBN 0-520-06334-1. 
  3. ^ "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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