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Crashin' Thru
Alternate Title: The One Man
Director: Val Paul (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Apr 1923
Duration (in feet):   6,500
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Harry Carey (Blake)  
    Cullen Landis (Cons Saunders)  
    Myrtle Stedman (Celia)  
    Vola Vale (Diane)  
    Charles Le Moyne (Saunders)  
    Winifred Bryson (Gracia)  
    Joseph Harris (Holmes)  
    Donald MacDonald (Allison)  
    Charles Hill Mailes (Benedict)  

Summary: Gracia, a half-breed Indian girl, plots with Cons Saunders to steal cattle from Blake because he is oblivious to her charms. With his stock gone, he cannot repay the money he owes his Uncle Benedict, and when Benedict is murdered, Blake is suspected. Because Blake has taken care of Saunders (Cons's father) for the many years he has been without the use of his legs, the latter is finally conscience-stricken and confesses to the crime, thus freeing Blake to marry Diana. 

Production Company: R-C Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Film Booking Offices of America  
Director: Val Paul (Dir)
Writer: Beatrice Van (Adpt)
Photography: William Thornley (Dir of photog)
  Robert De Grasse (Dir of photog)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the short story "If a Woman Will" by Elizabeth Dejeans in Blue Book Magazine (Feb--Apr 1919).
Authors: Elizabeth Dejeans

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
R-C Pictures Corp. 16/3/1923 dd/mm/yyyy LP18773

Physical Properties: b&w:

Genre: Western
Subjects (Major): Indians of North America--Mixed blood
  Unrequited love
Subjects (Minor): Debt

Note: The film's working title was The One Man . The Var review listed the film's title as Crashing Thru . The 1924 picture Crashin' Through (see entry above) is unrelated to the 1923 film. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   1 Apr 1923.   
MPW   7 Apr 1923.   
Variety   19 Apr 1923   p. 36.

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