Valley of the Moon (1914 film)

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The Valley of the Moon
Directed by Hobart Bosworth
Based on The Valley of the Moon 
by Jack London
Starring Jack Conway
Myrtle Stedman
Edited by Hettie Gray Baker
Release dates
  • June 22, 1914 (1914-06-22)
Running time
Six reels[1]
Country United States
Language Silent

The Valley of the Moon is a 1914 silent film directed by Hobart Bosworth and starring Jack Conway and Myrtle Stedman. Produced by Bosworth/London,[2] it was an adaptation of the 1913 novel The Valley of the Moon by Jack London[3] and based upon a scenario by Hettie Gray Baker.[4]


When the boxer Billy Roberts (Conway) is married to the laundress Saxon (Stedman),[1] he tries to please his spouse by leaving his former profession behind and becoming a teamster driving trucks. However, when their wages are cut, the union calls for a strike.[3] The film is sympathetic toward the strikers, with scenes showing police attacking the teamsters with clubs and patrol wagons being driven over fallen men.[2] The former boxer is attacked and beaten by company scabs, lands in jail following a brawl, and starts drinking. The desperate couple decide to move to the country and start a new life on a farm. With money being tight, he enters a fight for a $300 prize. In the end he wins, and the couple depart to live at their "Valley of the Moon".[3]


  1. ^ a b Erickson, Hal (2010), "Valley of the Moon (1914)", The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Merritt, Greg (2000), Celluloid Mavericks: The History of American Independent Film, Basic Books, p. 11, ISBN 1560252324. 
  3. ^ a b c Langman, Larry (1998), American Film Cycles: the Silent Era, Bibliographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts 22, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 103, ISBN 0313306575. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Carl (2010), "The Valley of the Moon", The Progressive Silent Film List (Silent Era Company), retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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